Pantry Essentials

A very common question that I am asked is: “what should I buy at the grocery store”? Also common is, “what should I buy organic”? While everyone should have a different grocery list to meet their nutritional and taste-bud preferences, here’s a basic list of foods to fill your pantry and a link to my newly posted What To Buy page that addresses organic foods, among other things.

Some of the essentials that I keep in the fridge, freezer and pantry for super-fast tasty meals are:

Here’s a picture of my pantry. You can see it’s not terribly organized. I know where everything is and everything has a place, but I don’t think it has to be perfect. Nor are there only “perfect” foods in there….

Protein-rich foods:

  • Skinless, boneless chicken, organic or antibiotic free
  • Canned wild salmon
  • Frozen fish fillets, wild
  • Ground beef or turkey, grass-fed or organic or hormone- and antibiotic free
  • Extra-firm organic tofu

Carbohydrate-rich foods:

  • Brown rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa, millet
  • Beans and lentils

Whenever I cook rice, quinoa or millet, beans or lentils, I freeze some.

  • Canned lentils or beans, I keep these just in case I don’t have any cooked dried beans in the freezer
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Red potatoes
  • Frozen corn
  • Frozen peas
  • Acorn or butternut squash (in the fall and winter)

Flavor + Binders:

  • Plain organic yogurt
  • Organic salsa
  • BBQ sauce
  • Pesto
  • Thai curry paste
  • Tamari sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • Mustard
  • Organic marinara sauce
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Organic chicken and vegetable broth
  • Coconut milk

Veggies: These are “staples” and I always buy more to compliment the meals I have planned.

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Organic celery
  • Zucchini
  • Ginger
  • Frozen vegetables, all varieties
  • Canned organic fire roasted tomatoes, with basil or adobo seasoning

Happy Cooking!

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