Twenty For Twenty: Vegetarian Edition

Don’t like repeated trips to the grocery store? Stock up on these 20 ingredients, and you can make 20 delicious dinners.

Cranberry Lentil and Quinoa Salad

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

The Ingredients
To make the 20 recipes below, stock up on these 20 ingredients (and be sure your pantry includes the essential ingredients listed on the bottom of the page, in Essential Pantry).

1. Tahini
2. Lemons
3. Limes
4. Canned garbanzo beans
5. Canned black beans
6. Fresh ginger root
7. Tomatoes
8. Tomato puree
9. Celery
10. Raw jalapeno peppers
11. Spinach
12. Onions (white, red, green)
13. Garlic
14. Bell peppers (green, red, yellow)
15. Tofu
16. Lentils
17. White rice
18. Eggs
19. Parmesan
20. Cheddar cheese

The Recipes
With the above 20 ingredients, you can make these 20 delicious and distinct vegetarian meals–everything from lentil stew to tofu burgers.

Essential Pantry
Here are some spices, herbs, condiments, and other staples to have on hand:

  • Bread crumbs
  • Baking powder
  • Cornstarch
  • Sugar
  • Vegetable oil (olive, peanut, canola)
  • Vinegar (white and red and white wine)
  • Dijon mustard
  • Soy sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Curry powder
  • Curry paste
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin (seed and ground)
  • Parsley (dried and fresh)
  • Onion powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried thyme
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Ground turmeric
  • Dried red pepper flakes
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Bay leaves