A well-stocked vegan kitchen

This page contains a sample of the ingredients you might find in a vegan kitchen. If you are new to veganism, a good way to start would be to stock your shelves with some of the non-perishable items from this list. I promise you will use them at some point! Items marked with an asterisk are vegan staple ingredients that may not be so familiar to the general population. If you can't find them in your regular grocery store, you should be able to find them in any natural food store. Please note that this list is just a sample of the ingredients used in vegan cooking and is by no means meant to be all-inclusive. (I came up with most of the list just by rummaging through my own refrigerator.)


zucchini, broccoli, spinach, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, corn
bananas, apples, oranges, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
Nuts and seeds:
walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds
lentils, garbanzo beans, split peas, black beans, kidney beans
"Meat substitutes":
*tofu (both silken and regular), *tempeh, *seitan, *textured vegetable protein (TVP)
Rice and pasta:
brown rice, *basmati rice, spaghetti, fettucini, lasagna noodles
Baking supplies:
flour, baking powder, baking soda, corn starch, yeast, vanilla, raisins, non-dairy chocolate, *soy margarine, *nutritional yeast
*Turbinado sugar, pure maple syrup, frozen apple or orange juice
Non-dairy milk:
*soy milk, *rice milk
Herbs and spices:
salt, pepper, oregano, garlic, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, basil, bay leaves
Oils, vinegars, and sauces:
soy sauce, vegetable oil, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, sherry, lemon juice, vegetable stock, *tahini, peanut butter, tomato paste