Pantry Staples: Other

Mixed nuts columnDrinks such as kukicha roasted green tea that is naturally rich in calcium and iron and roasted barley coffee make a great alternative to caffeinated beverages.

Natural Sweetners include apple juice, 100% Pure & Organic Canadian Maple Syrup and grain mails such as brown rice malt or barley malt which are made by cooking down the grain and allow you to add sweetness without affecting the quality of your dessert and without negatively impacting your health.

Fermented Soy Products such as shoyu or tamari used to flavour dishes and which aid in digestion.  Tarmi is gluten free for those who are gluten intolerant.

Miso paste which is produced from the fermentation of soy beans and grains such as rice or barley have a positive affect on the body and aid in the digestion process.

White or Shiro Miso is fermented for a shorter time and is used as a sweet and salty condiment in cooking or for preparing sauces.

Sea Vegetables include kombu (rich in minerals and nutrients and often used to facilitate the preparation of dry beans or to enhance the flavour of a noodle broth), nori (used for  nori-maki aka. califronia rolls) or kanten (agar agar) used as gelatin replacement.

Nuts and Nut Butters such as almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts and cashews, and almond butter, hazlenut butter and peanut butter should be used in moderation and to add flavour, crunch and healthy unsaturated fats to the meal.

Seeds and Seed Paste such as sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and tahin (toasted sesame seed paste) serve a similar purpose as nuts and nut butters.

Dried Fruits such as apricots, prunes, raisins and dates can be used to sweeten desserts as an alternative to sugar, or as a snack.

Dried Goods include shitake mushrooms, known for their power to eliminate stagnation in the body (such as body fat) and strengthen the immune system, and sundried tomatoes to add flavour and richness to Italian dishes.

Condiments such as vegan sugar free mayonnaise, dijon mustard and umeboshi plum paste

Vinegars can be used to flavour up dishes or prepare sauces and dressings and include apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and umeboshi plum vinegar (made from the brine of Japanese Umeboshi Plums and contains beneficial organic acids which aid in digestion, nausea and hangovers).

Cold Pressed Oils such as extra virgin olive oil and toasted sesame oil can be used in cooking while neutral sunflower seed oil can be used in baking.

Thickeners include Kuzu, a vegetable based thickener known for it’s positive affect on the digest system, arrowroot and cornstarch.

Baking essentials include vanilla bean pods, vanilla bean scrapings or natural vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, unsweetened cocoa powder, unsweetened coconut flakes.

Dried herbs, spices and seasonings include sea salt, fresh ground pepper, oregano, thyme, parsley, cinnamon, turmeric, curry powder, etc…

Other pantry items used from time to time include; non dairy creams, organic liquid vegetable broth and canned coconut milk.

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