10 non-negotiable pantry staples to stock, from a vegan influencer

Vegan influencer Cherie Tu from Thriving on Plants shares her top 10 pantry staples. 

If you’re considering going cold turkey into the land of veganism or hoping to eat more plant-based in general, you’ll likely have heard of Cherie Tu and her ridiculously gorgeous Instagram Thriving on Plants (it has nearly 380k followers).

We’re obsessed, and decided to pick her brain on the pantry staples she thinks aspiring plant-based eaters need in their lives.

After all, they say preparation is the key to success.

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Cherie Tu’s top 10 vegan pantry staples

#1 Oats

Are a no brainer when it comes to my pantry staples. The best part is that they are not only nutritious and satisfying, but also super budget-friendly!

#2 Cocoa Powder

This is key to making chocolatey goods and you can add it to virtually any recipe. Think pancakes, waffles, muffins… The possibilities are endless and oh so delicious!

#3 Mustard

When it comes to condiments, mustard is a must have in my pantry! I personally use Maille Dijon and Maille wholegrain mustard the most often as they add such a great depth of flavour to sauces, dressings and marinades.

#4 My ‘Golden Trio’ (Chia, Hemp, Flax)

I always use these 3 together, whether it be in my smoothies, oatmeal or even as a topping on my meals. They generally can be stored in a cool, dark place in your pantry but since I like to grind my flax seeds into a meal, I prefer to store it in the fridge to prevent it from going rancid.

#5 Rice

Coming from a Chinese background, I grew up eating rice practically every day and till now it is still my favourite and most regularly consumed grain. There are so many types of rice out there I suggest incorporating a variety of them into your diet.

#6 Herbs & Spices

Are key to creating flavourful home-cooked meals and bringing dishes to life. My favourites include cinnamon, turmeric, garlic powder, onion powder, dried mixed herbs and smoked paprika.

#7 Cashews

Have a mildly sweet taste and when blended provide a rich and creamy element to both sweet and savoury dishes. They can be used to make a variety of creams, sauces and cakes.

#8 Flour

Is a basic pantry staple that I always have in my pantry! I tend to stock up on a few varieties including plain flour, wholemeal flour and gluten-free flours such as buckwheat flour, almond meal and rice flour. They are always great to have on hand for baking your favourite sweet treats.

#9 Nut Butter

From peanut butter to cashew butter, this oh so wonderful spread is a versatile staple to have around. For a nut-free alternative, sunflower seed butter can be substituted so you can still enjoy a creamy and rich spread

#10 Lentils

This high-protein plant source is not only nutritious but also adds great texture and body to any savoury dish, especially when it comes to making chunky sauces (eg. as a meat substitute in pasta sauce).

For delicious plant-based recipes from Cherie, follower her on Instagram @thrivingonplants, read here cookbook Thriving on Plants here, or download the free Maille Tour du Monde cookbook at maille.com.au to try her new Vegan Tofu Banh Mi recipe.