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Inside My Super Powered Healthy Vegan Pantry

 


How I wish I could sing the praises of the Vegetarian Food Fair's choice of food to eat. Sadly, myself and the other nutritionistas who were there were left with little choice but to bring our own lunch and dinner with us. Remember last year's write up about the fair? Despite my best efforts that included meeting with a Veg Association staff member earlier in the year, who is no longer with the organization, and a call and recommendations to a current staff member, the fair was still overwhelmingly swarmed by the worst of the worst when it comes to vegetarian food: soy in all manner of configurations.

There are many reasons people may choose to go vegetarian and vegan and sadly, the Vegetarian Association seems stuck on its original mandate of saving animals. This is, and rightly so, a super fantastic reason to choose a veggie or vegan lifestyle but it fails to take into account what is best for personal and environment health. Loads of soy does nothing to benefit either. Not to mention that unless certified organic, all soy grown in North America is genetically modified, it can also be incredibly tough to digest, many people are prone to sensitivities and when we start molding and shaping it to resemble our favourite meat foods, it starts to require a whole host of preservatives, additives, chemical processing, and packaging which sucks the life force out of the food, moves it from healthy building to disease building and requires massive amount of energy to produce.

 

Question Of  The Day: What is your fave plant-based pantry staple?

 

24 Responses to “Inside My Super Powered Healthy Vegan Pantry”

  1. Nancy said…
    Thanks for this post. I'm new to vegetarianism, and I attended the Food Fair last weekend. I was inspired by the demos and speakers, but wondered about the overwhelming amount of fake meat. Looking forward to making the most of the resources you provide here for healthy vegan eating!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Welcome Nancy! Have a poke around. Lots to read and try out on here.
  2. Metta said…
    Spices! I love the traditional “Indian” spices of cumin, coriander, turmeric, and ginger (fresh). They are warming and great for digestion. Also millet, it has taken the #1 spot as my favorite grain. Soaked overnight then cooked, it is so creamy, soft, and delicious. Add a blob of coconut oil and some sauerkraut – I’m in heaven!
  3. Liz said…
    I love your pantry, I am just in the process of moving all of my stuff into organized glass jars - I have all the jars and bought a label maker - but I love your idea of printing them out with your logo! I also love those jars, where ever did you find those ....we're limited in our shopping here on the coast :(
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      The jars I picked up in China Town- though it's amazing what you can now find to order online.
  4. Shannon said…
    So true about the veggie food fair having way too much soy! When I was a still a hard core carnivore I went to the veggie food fair to try to learn more and to try things I'd never been exposed to and thought it strange that their was SO MUCH SOY! I'm not super pro-soy, it has it's place but there are so many other wonderful things to make things out of. Now I just go a pick through and find the fun things!!
  5. Alex said…
    I am a nut and seed freak. Open the freezer and you will find at least ten different varieties. Speaking of which, flax seeds are heat stable?! I thought they were one of the most volatile? Also, I would love to see what you make with teff as a whole grain...I've used it as a flour but never ventured in the whole grain form.
    • jamie said…
      Hey Alex, #1 - I dont think she meant heat stable. Just able to stay out at room temp. #2 - whole flaxseeds are fine at room temp, when you grind them or press them into an oil they should be kept in the fridge or kept frozen ;O)
  6. eatmovelove said…
    Seen you on HEAB's site and came to check you out. I'm not vegan - or vegetarian! - hope I'm still welcomed here ;) - but I love a variety of foods. I'd definitely agree with the nuts and seeds as above - and, obviously, you just can't beat a great stir-fry of a "mess" of veggies (all colorful) in just oil ...and smothered in Pasta Sauce...;) (I have a sliiiight addiction to pasta sauce...it's not normal...)
    • Erika said…
      Hey, I'm not veggie or vegan either, but I'm committed to eating well and as healthily as possible for my personal needs. I've found TONS on this site to inspire me, and I love coming back again and again. :) Welcome!
  7. devan said…
    Meghan, Thank you so much for this little tour...I am in the fledgling stages of building my pantry and your video is both inspiring AND informative. I love the glass jars you use, all my jars are different sizes and shapes, which makes for a funky pantry but hard to organize all pretty (who says cooking is pretty anyway?) Thanks again, you rock. Devan from www.nomorecheeze.blogspot.com
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Thanks! I searched high and low for those jars. My mix and match jars I use for fridge storage and freezing.
  8. sarah said…
    Thanks for your voice of reason regarding soy. I'm increasingly frustrated myself-especially now 5 months pregnant with a tiny man, I'm very cautious about the effects of massive soy on my and his body.
  9. Jennifer said…
    You have my dream pantry! Love it all!!! :)
  10. I really enjoyed your vegan pantry post and am totally in agreement about the over marketing and production of soy products. People don't realise how unhealthy they are and how replacing dairy with soy (for food allergies/intolerances) can leave the body as sluggish and reactive as before. Brilliant post as ever, thank you.

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