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    • icontinuetodream
    • By icontinuetodream 25th Oct 11, 9:27 PM
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    Vegan Store Cupboard Challenge
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    • 25th Oct 11, 9:27 PM
    Vegan Store Cupboard Challenge 25th Oct 11 at 9:27 PM
    I hope no-one minds but I decided to start this new thread as the store cupboard challenge seems quite weighted to the omnivore diet.....

    I have decided to stock my cupboards and want to make this last for as long as possible with as many different vegan meals as possible....I am hoping not to have to buy anything other than soya milk, fresh fruit and veg for the next six months!!

    I am starting on 1st November 2011 and will post here at least once a week to show what I have cooked!!

    Would love to have others along for the ride.....feel free to suggest, join in or question!!!

    So, here is my current store cupboard list.....I have left some things off as I am looking at my recent purchases and haven't added things that I already had....I will add them later....once I have counted them....

    TINS

    CHICKPEAS - 12 X 400G
    SWEET CORN - 12 X 326G
    TOMATOES- CHOPPED - 12 X 400G
    TOMATO PUREE - 12 X 200G
    COCONUT MILK - 6 X 400ML
    Water Chestnuts
    Sliced Carrots in Water
    Marrowfat Processed Peas
    Stuffed vine leaves
    Bamboo Shoots
    Pease Pudding
    Bombay Potato
    Chick Pea Dahl
    Mixed Beans

    DRIED BEANS

    BLACK BEANS 1KG
    CANNELLINI BEANS 3KG
    CHICK PEAS 3KG
    DARK SPECKLED LENTILS 3KG
    RED LENTILS 3KG
    RED KIDNEY BEANS 3KG - 3 KG

    GRAINS & PASTA ETC

    PORRIDGE OATS 10KG
    POLENTA 5KG
    COUSCOUS 3KG
    QUINOA 1K
    WHITE BASMATI RICE - 20 KG
    WILD RICE - 6 X 125G
    SHORT GRAIN RICE 3KG
    WHOLEWHEAT NOODLES - 8 X 300G
    WHITE MACARONI - 12 X 500G
    WHOLEWHEAT SHELLS - 12 X 500G

    DRIED FRUIT,SEEDS & NUTS

    APRICOTS 1KG - 1 KG
    CRANBERRIES 1KG - 1 KG
    CURRANTS 1KG - 1 KG
    DATES - 1 KG
    FIGS 1 KG - 1 KG
    PAPAYA 1KG - 1 KG
    RAISINS 1KG - 1 KG
    ALMONDS 1KG - 1 KG
    BRAZILS 1KG - 1 KG
    WHOLE CASHEWS - 1 KG
    HAZELNUTS 1KG - 1 KG
    HEMP SEEDS 1KG - 1 KG
    GOLDEN LINSEED 1KG - 1 KG
    PUMPKIN SEEDS 1KG - 1 KG
    SUNFLOWER SEEDS 1KG - 1 KG

    SUNDRIES
    MARIGOLD VEGAN L/S BOUILLON - 1 KG
    CHEEZLY MOZZARELLA BLOCK - 6 X 190G
    PASTA FLOUR - 5 X 1KG
    WHITE SPELT FLOUR - 5 X 1KG
    Organic Flour Plain
    Organic Flour Self Raising
    CHERRIES & BERRIES SPREAD - 6 X 284G
    Red Wine Vinegar
    Cider Vinegar
    Canadian Maple Syrup
    Redcurrant Jelly
    Peanut butter - smooth
    Wheat Bisks
    Cranberry Sauce
    Mint Sauce
    Ginger Preserve
    Brown Sauce
    Sliced Beetroot
    Sweet Pickled Onions
    Olives Garlic Stuffed
    Baby Beetroot
    Sweet Piquante Peppers
    Black Pitted Olives
    Vegetable Oil
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Stand & Stuff Tacos
    Nacho Dinner Kit
    Silken Tofu Firm
    Longlife Soya Cream Single
    Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe Mix
    Gravy Granules

    DRIED HERBS
    Somaq
    Basil
    Oregano
    Mint
    Thyme
    Mustard Seeds
    Sage
    Whole Cumin
    Ground Coriander
    White Wine Vinegar
    Smoked Paprika
    Dried Mixed Herbs
    Ground Cinnamon
    Ground Turmeric
    Ground Cumin

    FROZEN
    Crinkle Cut Oven Chips
    Okra - sliced rings
    Oriental Vegetable Stir Fry
    Freshly Frozen Baby Carrots
    Parsnips
    Peas
    Rustic Mini Roasting Potatoes
    Field Fresh Country Mix
    Hash Browns
    Button Sprouts with Chestnuts & Red Onion

    FRESH FRUIT,VEG & HERBS

    Growing Coriander
    Growing Flat Leaf Parsley
    Growing Basil
    Growing Parsley
    Celery
    Ginger
    Courgettes
    Leeks
    Chillies Mixed
    Sweet Potatoes
    Cabbage Savoy
    Spring Onions Jumbo
    Cauliflower
    Garlic
    Cabbage Red
    Onions
    Broccoli
    Carrots
    Avocado Baby
    Oranges
    Tomatoes
    Potatoes
    Lemons
    Kiwi Fruit
    Banana
    Melon Galia
    Melon Cantaloupe
    Pomegranate

    I am really looking forward to this...maybe it will keep me motivated!!

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    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 11-10-2017 at 9:04 AM.
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    • alec eiffel
    • By alec eiffel 16th Sep 18, 12:15 PM
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    I used to do lots of batch cooking but it turned out it didn't really save me much time, money or washing up so the benefits were few. The ice box we have with our undercounter fridge has enough space for a batch of pitta or dough, some veg with a bit of space for some bean burgers or pastry etc. It does mean I use things up instead of hiding them in the freezer, something I was very guilty of before.

    Good luck with your sort out.
    • cod3
    • By cod3 16th Sep 18, 5:46 PM
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    cod3
    Hi MSE vegans


    We have started taking meal planning seriously as my veggie DS went away to uni recently leaving us skint. With only me and DD left in the house, both vegan, it is much easier to focus on the meal plans now and save money (though I miss him loads).


    Today we have batch cooked the gram flour mini quiches that Viking posted about below. I can confirm they are great! Ours are flavoured with sun dried tomatoes, spring onions, jalapenos and nooch. So with a spinach salad that's the lunches sorted for the week.


    Dinners for the next few days will be dal with sides of green veg. DD is a fan of Dr Greger's Daily Dozen so we try to throw in seeds, greens, berries etc in meals whenever possible. Doesn't matter if it looks random, it's cheap and healthy!




    Just made these gram flour mini quiches for lunch and they were delicious:
    http://powerhungry.com/2015/01/chickpea-flour-quiches-vegan-grain-free-gluten-free/

    Posting here because I literally googled 'gram flour recipes' because for some reason we've been stockpiling the stuff!
    Originally posted by Viking_mfw
    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 24th Sep 18, 10:29 AM
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    Black chickpea and potato wat made yesterday.....really cheap and tasty:

    Onion, potatoes, tin of black chickpeas, stock, berbere spice mix; dry fry the spices in a pan for a few minutes until fragrant, grind in pestle and mortar and return to pan. Add a dash of oil and chopped onion and cook for a few minutes until translucent. Add potatoes, stir to cover with the spices then add chickpeas & stock. Cook until potatoes are tender and stock has reduced & thickened.

    Any cooked bean would do - although if using anything other than chick peas or kidney beans I would add the beans later in the cooking process so that they don't turn to mush!
    15 Month Challenge: House - 10288.85/25300; Mortgage - 867/17000 ;
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    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 24th Sep 18, 2:23 PM
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    Never beard of black chickpeas, where do you get those?

    Denise
    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 25th Sep 18, 7:09 AM
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    Hi Joe Denise, I got mine from Suma - they are a bit smaller than normal chickpeas and a bit harder....no difference in taste though!

    got to say that I probably won't buy them again as I prefer fatter, softer beans but if you do bean salads it's a nice way to add a bit of colour variety
    15 Month Challenge: House - 10288.85/25300; Mortgage - 867/17000 ;
    MFW No. 167
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 25th Sep 18, 7:18 AM
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    Yep....I've got a can of black chickpeas yet to experiment with. They're Suma brand and I bought them from my local natural food shop.
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    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 25th Sep 18, 8:04 AM
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    Hi Joe Denise, I got mine from Suma - they are a bit smaller than normal chickpeas and a bit harder....no difference in taste though!

    got to say that I probably won't buy them again as I prefer fatter, softer beans but if you do bean salads it's a nice way to add a bit of colour variety
    Originally posted by squirrelgirl
    Thanks. Don't think I'll bother then. I like softer beans. Normal chickpeas are hard enough for me. Not that I have them very often as unfortunately they don't agree with DH's stomach:
    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 25th Sep 18, 1:10 PM
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    squirrelgirl
    Me too joedenise - I'm trying to get hold of some large chickpeas at the moment, I had some in a winter salad at a local restaurant and they were beautiful....trouble is all the ones I have found are eyewateringly expensive Off to London next week so really hoping that I can source some there.....your poor dh - life without chickpeas would be hard!!!
    15 Month Challenge: House - 10288.85/25300; Mortgage - 867/17000 ;
    MFW No. 167
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 25th Sep 18, 1:39 PM
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    He's not completely without chickpeas as can cope with them in hummous although prefers it made with softer beans like haricot or butter beans.

    Denise
    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 10th Oct 18, 9:08 AM
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    squirrelgirl
    I buckled and bought the chickpeas online got quite a few packs to minimise the expenditure on postage so don't feel too bad

    Anyhoo....as a result, I had a bit of a cooking day on sunday I made a chickpea and buckwheat salad with harissa; berbere potatoes; grapefruit, orange and pomegranate salad and carrots with a maple, orange and Dijon dressing....lush!!

    I've still got a load of the cooked chickpeas in the fridge so I'm going to make chickpea curry, a butternut squash and chickpea casserole and if there are any left, I'll make some hommous.

    I've realised that I am not eating much green stuff at the moment - mainly because I haven't been out since returning from London so I am going to get dh to pop to the market today and buy some - in all honesty, I don't even care what it is....just need green!
    15 Month Challenge: House - 10288.85/25300; Mortgage - 867/17000 ;
    MFW No. 167
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 10th Oct 18, 10:24 AM
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    I always keep a selection of frozen veg in store. Can't be without my green stuff!

    Denise
    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 10th Oct 18, 12:04 PM
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    squirrelgirl
    I always keep a selection of frozen veg in store. Can't be without my green stuff!

    Denise
    Originally posted by joedenise
    Me too Denise but I really feel that I want something leafy - I really don't like frozen leafy greens, I've never found anything that doesn't taste watery/slimy when it's cooked
    I normally grow black tuscan kale (I think it's called cavelo nero) but I neglected the seeds that I put in earlier in the year and it died I really need to plant some this weekend - off to put it onto my 'to do' list!
    15 Month Challenge: House - 10288.85/25300; Mortgage - 867/17000 ;
    MFW No. 167
    • natlie
    • By natlie 10th Oct 18, 12:57 PM
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    Hi

    My name is Nat and I am a vegan! lol

    My store cupboard staples are

    Spices
    Tumeric
    coriander poedered
    Cumin powdered and seeds
    Fennel seeds
    powdered cloves
    all spice
    garam masala
    curry powder
    cinnamon
    nutmeg
    paprika
    smoked paprika
    Cajun spice
    East end all purspose seasoning
    Harissa
    Sumac

    herbs
    Bay powdered and leaves
    parsley
    thyme
    sage
    italian mix
    rosemary

    Other
    onion powder
    garlic powder and puree in a jar - East End brand
    Veg oxo cubes
    OSEM Soup and Seasoning Mix - the chicken, mushroom and onion ones are vegan - from Morrissons
    Tomato puree
    Ginger puree

    Dried and tinned

    Marmite
    Red lentils dried
    puy lentils dried
    Chickpeas - dried to make falafel, tinned for hummus and meals
    black beans
    butter beans
    canellini beans
    black eyed peas
    Heinz Creations tins (quick meals and often on ofer) - also really good for pie fillings
    sweetcorn
    jarred salsa
    Reds sauces
    ketchup
    brown sauce
    vegan mayo
    sweet chilli sauce
    mango chutney
    tinned toms
    passata
    tinned fruit
    cherry pie filling
    glace cherries
    dried fruit and nuts
    cereal bars like nakd bars - lidl sell their own cheaper version
    stem ginger
    flour - various including pasta flour and semolina
    caster sugar
    baking and bicarb powder
    vanilla extract
    salt and pepper
    vegan worchester sauce
    soy sauce
    nutritional yeast - loads
    pasta
    rice
    quinoa red, white and mixed, rolled grains for porridge and flour
    cous cous white and wholemeal
    cereal
    oats - loads I make my own oat milk 19p per litre
    maple syrup
    egg replacer
    cornstarch
    golden syrup
    pineapple hunny
    chocolate - usually bourneville
    noodles
    dried sauce sachets/mixes
    chocolate spread
    jam
    marmalade
    Pizza bases Napolina
    Pasta sauce
    free from pesto
    tinned pumpkin
    tea
    coffee
    sugar
    dried coconut milk
    tinned coconut milk
    dried crispy onion bits
    Bisto
    Peanut Butter


    Freezer

    Vegan Mince
    Ikea Veggie Balls
    Frozen veg
    chips
    hash browns
    Linda Mccartney stuff
    Jus rol pastry
    Vegan Ice Cream
    Fruit Strudel
    cooked frozen pumpkin for cake - its a brilliant egg replacer

    Fridge


    Oatly cream/creme fraiche
    Vegan cheese
    jars of sauces such as cranberry, and things like jalepenos, picles and gherkins
    vegan spread
    filo pastry
    oat milk
    alpro yogurt

    Thats all I can think of off the top of my head

    Nat
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    • natlie
    • By natlie 10th Oct 18, 12:58 PM
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    Here's my fave Dhal recipe https://www.deliciouseveryday.com/red-lentil-dal/ it doesn't take long to cook and there is nothing to soak - I use curry powder instead of curry leaves
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    • natlie
    • By natlie 10th Oct 18, 1:00 PM
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    Pumpkin Chilli as it is seasonal http://thattagurl.com/thatta-gurl-loves-thug-kitchens-pumpkin-chili/
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    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 12th Oct 18, 5:17 PM
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    Welcome aboard natlie!
    15 Month Challenge: House - 10288.85/25300; Mortgage - 867/17000 ;
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