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Whether you’re a vegan or simply looking to eat better, a well stocked pantry is a must. It makes healthy weeknight cooking a breeze, and you’ll breathe a sigh of a relief whenever you glance at a recipe and realize you already have most of the ingredients on hand. This edition of Pantry Diaries focuses on (drum roll please) OILS and VINEGARS! These are the building blocks of major flavor, and can also be selectively combined to make great salad dressings and marinades.

*Also, check out our other Pantry Diaries for more kitchen staples and ideas: and Chapter One, Two, Three, Four, Five and Six!



Tamari is a Japanese soy sauce that adds a savory kick to any asian and non-asian dishes! Try our Roasted Mushroom Ramen.

Here are some of our favorite brands:

Oshawa Organic Tamari ($85.96 for a 6 pack)

San J Organic, Gluten Free Soy Sauce Tamari ($6.69)


Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the highest quality of olive oil you can get. Production doesn’t involve chemically extracting the oil, but a simply pressing the olives! You’ll love our Potato Gnocchi.

Check out these favorites:

Mary Ruth Organics EVOO ($33.95)

Bragg Organic Extra Virgin First Cold Pressed Olive Oil ($19.16)


Organic Coconut Oil can be used on everything from your face (as moisturizer) to cooking our amazing, Sweet Potato Hash (perfect for Thanksgiving!).

Here are some of our favorite brands:

Perfectly Pure Coconut Oil (3 for $11.19)

Garden of Life Raw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ($7.99)


Avocado Oil is the most healthy and light oil out there, and can be used in cooking, grilling, roasting, and in salad dressings. Give it a go!

Check out these great brands:

Chosen Foods Avocado Oil ($14.90)

Olivado Extra Virgin Avocado Oil ($73.21 for a 6 pack)



Balsamic Vinegar is made from Italian grape must, and is a MUST in our Portobello Mushroom Sliders!

Here are a few of our choice brands:

Bariani Balsamic Vinegar ($11.99)

Field Day Organic Modena Balsamic VInegar ($7.01)


Rice Vinegar is a mild vinegar used in asian dishes, like our No-Cook Pad Thai and Tofu Banh Mi!

Here’s the scoop on some of our favs:

Marukan Seasoned Rice Vinegar ($2.98)

Ohsawa Organic Brown Rice Vinegar (Gluten-Free!) ($17.98)