The secret to any diet change is not to be caught short otherwise you can quickly revert to old ways. The flexitarian diet is no different. Stock up your fridge and pantry with all the ingredients you need. Having different kind of ingredients available will surely inspire you to try new meat-free recipes and switch to a more plant-based diet.
Be ready to go meat-free any day of the week with our Flexitarian Pantry guide. It is of course largely inspired by vegetarian supplies. We have tried to make it as broad as possible to suit most tastes so there are a lot of different things here.
Don’t be overwhelmed just work your way through it. You do not need everything on the list pick and choose (and add) to suit your taste and dietary needs.
BEANS & PULSES
Beans & Pulses are a real staple for a plant-based diet as they contain proteins, iron, magnesium, zinc and other minerals. They are also high in fibre and low in fat and cholesterol.
Dry Lentils – Puy Lentils, Green Lentils, Red Lentils, Soybeans etc… Perfect for salads, curries, soups etc..
Chickpeas – so versatile it is hard to do without them. Perfect for salads, curries, dips, soups etc..
Beans – Red Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans, Black Beans, Borlotti Beans, Cannellini Beans. Perfect for salads, chillies, casseroles, curries, soups etc..
Edaname – immature soybeans in the pod. Simply steamed they are a great as a snack or side dish.
Grains are another staple of the flexitarian diet. They are a source of vegetable proteins and nutrients with similar benefits than grains & pulses.
Quinoa – the complete protein. Cook it like rice. Delicious combined with vegetables or in salads.
Barley – Hulled Barley, Pearl Barley. Both are a great addition to soups, stews, salads.
Wheatberries – the whole grain form of wheat without any processing. Great for soups, salads or combined with vegetables.
Couscous – this is the ultimate fast food. Ready in 5 mins. Try also Giant…