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The Vegetarian Kitchen: Must-Have Pantry Basics

Stocking your kitchen with these meatless staples will make impromptu meals easier.

While a good shopping list is the key to a quick and painless trip to the supermarket, a well-stocked pantry is the best way to ensure you’ll have everything you need to cook once you get home. Our Healthy Pantry includes many of the ingredients you need to prepare a healthy, meatless meal any night of the week.

Refrigerator Items

Milk, low-fat or nonfat, and/or soymilk or rice milk
Buttermilk or buttermilk powder
Yogurt, plain and/or vanilla, low-fat or nonfat
Sour cream, reduced-fat or nonfat
Parmesan cheese, good-quality
Cheddar cheese, sharp
Eggs (large) or egg substitute, such as Egg Beaters
Orange juice
Tofu: water-packed, baked and/or seasoned
Tortillas: corn, whole-wheat

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