What do vegetarians eat? I get this question all the time.
As pervasive as vegetarianism seems in my hippy little yogic subculture, a meat-free diet remains an anomaly (especially in my neck of the woods). But with Meatless Mondays on the rise and more and more omnivores opting for at least an occasional vegetarian meal, the question remains: What do vegetarians eat?
Here’s a quick little kitchen tour of what’s stocked in my kitchen at all times.
Peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios
I top most of my meals (oatmeal, salads, quinoa bowls, etc.) with a sprinkling of nuts for extra fat and protein. They’re also a standard snack with a handful of raisins and chocolate chips.
Corn, brown rice, quinoa, oats, grits
These make up the base of most of my meals. I’m on an almost daily oatmeal kick for breakfast. Lunch and dinner usually involves some kind of roasted vegetables over rice or quinoa. Grits because I live in the south, hello. And the corn… I recently discovered that you can pop corn in a covered saucepan on the stove. It’s awesome.
Agave, honey, blackstrap molasses, maple syrup
I actually don’t do much sweetening of things and I’d hardly consider sweeteners a necessary part of a vegetarian pantry but… I thought it was kind of ridiculous that I have all of these. I use them almost exclusively for baking projects with the exception of the pumpkin-spiced whipped honey, which is INSANE over coconut yogurt.
“Meat & Dairy”
Almond milk, coconut yogurt, tempeh, tofu
Obviously there’s no meat in a vegetarian kitchen and I’m actually not doing dairy right now either so this is technically a vegan kitchen but anyway… I’ve always hated milk so dairy alternatives are always on hand. My standard daily milk is unsweetened almond milk. I use soy creamer for coffee because it’s the BEST. I recently discovered coconut yogurt and am so pleased… Tofu and tempeh are always on hand, and we all know I like a good trashy processed soysauge.
So that’s what’s on hand basically all the time. Then once a week I’ll go to the grocery to stock up on fresh produce…
I am neurotic about keeping my kitchen clean and organized and trying to eat everything I buy every week so waste is at a minimum. I find that if the fridge and pantries are organized like a grocery store there is a higher likelihood of this happening. The same can be said for organizing your closet like an appealing boutique if your end goal is to wear everything you have instead of recycling the same thing over and over again…
But that’s another tale for another time. Currently my closet houses an office because I have nowhere else to put anything. At least my pantry is organized…