Time magazine has called Gene Baur “the conscience of the food movement.” The president and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary, the world’s largest refuge for farm animals, loves animals—but not on his plate. In his new book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, the influential activist outlines five tenets to live in greater alignment with one’s values, which in his view means sticking to a plant-based diet (to that end, he offers 100 easy recipes). For vegans and meat eaters alike, though, his meatless pantry is a smart and simple way to clean up the body after a sluggish winter. Here, 10 tasty pantry staples to jump-start a shift toward healthier living, regardless of whether you eschew meat.
1. Vital wheat gluten
This wonder ingredient binds things together and is used to make seitan, a savory protein source with a delicious, meaty texture.
2. Nutritional yeast
Give a cheesy flavor to pasta, soups or even popcorn with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast. Found in the bulk section, these tasty little flakes are packed with flavor and vitamin B12.