Jul 15, 2018

Meal Staples


Meal Staples photo

When you eat Whole Foods or plant-based ( I deliberately did not say vegan because I hate being confined to labels or become sucked up into group think or polarization) there are some things that become staples in your pantry. 

In my house old fashion rolled oats, quinoa and chia seeds are always present as the form the backbone of most of our meals.

The problem though is that in the Japanese supermarkets you can never find large enough packs( not to mention how ridiculously expensive those tiny packets are when you do find them).

This is where online shopping ( m btiined in a previous post) works for me.

I purchase a 10 pounds pack of oat meal for under ¥2500 and a little over 4 pounds packet of quinoa for ¥2100. I also noticed that the calbee 800g cereals are waaay cheaper than in stores... ( almost a thousand in Lawson’s and 7-Eleven and less than 800 online).  Usually 2 packs of oatmeal and 2 packs of quinoa takes care ofmy family of 4- well 3 for an entire month.

That takes in oatmeal breakfast every single day and quinoa almost everyday.

Do you prefer larger or smaller packages?



Hi! I’m an educator/stay-at-home mom with an educator husband, a teenage daughter and six months old son. I loooove to cook, gets excited about curries and have a serious weakness for pastry especially cakes! Enjoy being outdoors, reading and sewing.


  • edthethe

    on Jul 16

    I was plant based for years when I was single. Now even if my family would let me, having a plant based diet in Japan would kill our pocket book or our nutrition intake. I hate how so many things are just fads here. So they have fad prices

  • Candiajia1

    on Jul 17

    @edthethe I know what you mean! Some days it’s gets really crazy. The bonus is just that I’m a (fairly decent cook- don’t wanna toot my own horn too loudly) home cook who used to do lots of catering back home so I’ve basically learned how to be SUPER creative while batch cooking. I also have to be creative in preparing for my little one in order to as you said it balance the nutrition and the pocket book.