Lentils only take about 45 minutes to cook in water. Sort through lentils and pick out any rocks or pieces of dirt. Wash beans and place into stock pot with water. Bring to a boil then turn down heat to keep beans simmering for about 45 minutes. You can season them in many ways. One of my favorites, is to add chopped onion, garlic, carrots to the water. To season, I like cumin and salt. Serve as a soup or you can boil until there is little liquid and serve as a thick bean to put over corn bread.
Rice only takes about 20 minutes to cook. You need to rinse the rice a few times to get rid of the extra starch. Then cook with a ratio of 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil; turn down the heat to a low simmer. Make sure that the lid is on the pan to help cook the rice. You will know the rice is done when there are steam vents or “holes” in the rice.
Wheat can be ground into flour, provided that you have a grinder. It can also be cooked as a hot cereal and it can also be sprouted to increase nutritional value.
4. Pinto Beans
Pinto Beans are a staple in many parts of the world. Beans and rice are a complete protein and quite tasty. If you do not enjoy Pinto Beans, then try one of the many other varieties available.
5. Vital Wheat Gluten
Vital Wheat Gluten can be used to increase the gluten ability in making bread. But my favorite way of using this is to make “wheat meat”. Wheat meat can be made by using this gluten flour along with seasonings. This is very easy to make. (If you are interested in a recipe let me know and I will post one into the comments below).
6. Soy Beans
Soy beans can be cooked and eaten as beans. I prefer to make soy milk and take it even a step further and homemade tofu.
7. Vegetarian Hot Dogs in a can
Hot dogs are a great comfort food to have on hand for a time of emergency. My favorite brand is made by Worthington Foods and is called Big Franks.
8. Vegetarian Ground Meat in a can
Vegeburger, made by Worthington Foods is perfect for emergency food storage. Use as you would ground beef; just knows that there is no “browning” or pouring off of fat.
9. TVP Beef Chunks for Soup
Textured Vegetable Protein beef chunks are great for my vegetable beef soup. I just throw in a handful of TVP beef chunks and they hydrate while the soup is cooking.
10. Dehydrated Onions & Green Peppers
Onions and green peppers are used in most all of my cooking. These would be very helpful to bring great flavor in a time of emergency cooking.
11. Rolled Oats
Oatmeal can be used for breakfast cereal. It is can also be used to make casseroles and patties in the vegetarian diet.
12. Dried Powdered Eggs
Having eggs available for scrambling and baking would be very helpful.
13. Powdered Milk
Use milk for drinking, cereals and baking.
14. Dehydrated Carrots
Carrots that are dehydrated are very small, but will plump up to look just like they did prior to dehydration. These are a great item to have on hand for emergency food storage.
15. Soy Sauce & Vegetarian Seasonings (Chicken & Beef Bouillon)
Soy sauce can do wonders to season many foods as well as broths.
16. Dried pasta
Many vegetarian dishes are made with pasta of all shapes.
17. Canned Tomatoes
Tomatoes are used for pasta dishes, pizza sauces and many vegetarian friendly recipes.
In addition, I would store items for baking bread, salt, oil, peanut butter and many more seasonings as I was able to store. Fast foods such as pre-packaged beans & rice dishes, mashed potatoes, vegetarian gravy mixes, taco seasonings and more can be very helpful in an emergency situation when you are dependent upon your food storage. Of course, don’t forget to store extra water for cooking.
What other vegetarian foods do you store in your food storage?