50 Pantry-Friendly, Vegan Recipes That Will Make Your Quarantine Suck a Little Less

Plant-based soups, pastas, and sweets to liven up your socially distant chef game

Marla Rose
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4 min readApr 2, 2020
Photo: Ethan via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Is there such a thing as ever being in a good position for a pandemic? Not exactly, as even doomsday preppers were unprepared for the coronavirus, but at the very least, we can do things to improve our outcomes during self-isolation. A well-stocked plant-based pantry and freezer will take you far during a time when we’re supposed to be limiting grocery store trips and delivery stocks are unpredictable. Fresh produce is always great and if you have it on hand, definitely use it, but pandemics call for a need to be adaptive.

The recipes I’ve gathered call for a minimum of the kinds of fresh foods that are quick to go bad, leaning primarily instead on pantry and freezer staples along with some hardier root vegetables. (If you have more fresh produce, though, you should add it!) As I mentioned in my earlier piece on learning from vegans for tried-and-true kitchen tips during lean times, resourcefulness pays off. If you don’t have the fresh spinach a recipe calls for, for example, use frozen, use kale or chard, use whatever you like. If you have light brown sugar instead of dark brown sugar, don’t go running off to the store: use that light brown sugar instead. (Or use molasses to transform it.) Now is a time for creativity, open-mindedness and adaptability, and, most important, flexibility. Have at it!

10 stupendous soups and chilis

Credit: Tancha via Shutterstock
  1. Creamy Tomato Soup (Vegan Street)
  2. Carrot Ginger Turmeric Soup (Katie Farina via VegNews)
  3. Minestrone (Vegan Richa)
  4. Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup (Simple Vegan Blog)
  5. Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Soup (Green Evi)
  6. Cream of Mushroom Soup (It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken)
  7. Chickpea Noodle Soup (Veggies Save the Day)
  8. Homemade Vegetarian Chili (Cookie and Kate)



Marla Rose

Marla Rose is a Chicago-area writer and co-founder of VeganStreet.com and VeganStreetMedia.com.

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