Inside my pantry
In this section, you'll find my favorite ingredients I like to keep in stock. Ok, let's be honest here. I have to say it is messy. I mean really MESSY ! I always tell myself I should (re)organise it sometimes... but I kind of like it that way ! At least it means that there is life in there ! I stock a LOT: my husband is discouraged about how many kind of flours I have accumulated in there. I'm the kind of girl who dreams about having a walk-in pantry instead of a real walk-in. Maybe one day...
Having a maximum of these ingredients on hand is the best way to start adopting a healthier and greener lifestyle. In order to do so, I suggest buying bulk whenever it's possible. We are lucky to live in a place where everything is accessible online or at a Whole Food Market (I'm in love...!). It's pricy to buy organic, but it's a choice my husband and I made a couple of years ago: we decided to cut back on other expenses to prioritize a healthy lifestyle. Of course, you don't have to start right away by buying all of those things at once ! Adding 1-2 new products each time will make the transition easier for your budget, yourself or your family.
Today, natural and organic foods is becoming mainstream. Few years ago, I remember having to run to several stores to get all the products I liked. Nowadays, most ingredients are starting to be more accessible, especially here in California, and even in more "conventional supermarkets". The industry has responded (and is still responding) to a growing demand from customers to have access to a wider range of natural and organic products. I probably eat almost entirely organic (or 99%), so I'm not always going to write the word "organic" in my recipes. When I do write it, it's because I feel they're the most important products to choose organic (due to the possible large amount of chemicals, animal's conditions or possibles traces of GMOs).
That being said, I've sorted foods I like by categories and included a short explanation on how I use every product and why I choose to eat it. It's far from being exhaustive, but it's probably a good idea of what I use to cook my vegetarians family meals. With these foods in your kitchen, a vegetarian and mainly plant-based diet can really make you feel satisfied and provide enough energy (and even more!) to your precious body !