Kitchen Essentials- Stocking your pantry

Every great cook has his/her essentials sitting in the pantry ready to use at a moments notice. Have you ever returned from the grocery store with all the main ingredients you need to prepare a meal and realize you dont have simple stock items? It can get aggravating.

Here is an idea of what I keep on inventory.

Baking Goods

  • All-purpose flour and whole wheat flour

  • Panko Bread crumbs

  • Baking powder

  • Baking soda

  • Quick-rising yeast

  • Cornstarch

  • Brown sugar

  • Granulated sugar

  • Honey

  • Splenda or Stevia (if you’re into artificial sweeteners, these are the best)

​Oils-Vinegars & Condiments

  • Extra-virgin olive oil (Not for cooking but perfect for salad dressing and has tons of healthy fats and antioxidants)

  • Virgin Olive Oil or canola oil for cooking

  • Sesame Oil

  • Ghee- Clarified butter

  • Balsamic and cider Vinegar

  • Dijon mustard

  • Ketchup

  • Barbecue sauce

  • Reduced-fat / fat-free mayonnaise

  • Low sodium soy sauce

  • Prepared pesto (This item I always buy without pine nuts as my son has an allergy)

  • Salsa

  • Hot sauce

  • Fat free salad dressings

  • Real maple syrup (Be sure to avoid the sugary syrups like Mrs. Butterworth’s “syrup” that you can find at your local grocery store – those don’t provide any of the antioxidant health benefits that real maple syrup has, and they are often super high in sugar & HFCS)

  • Jelly and Jam

Seasonings

  • Black pepper (Freshly ground is my favorite)

  • Salt (Sea salt is better than regular salt because it’s less refined and has more minerls)

  • Lipton Onion Soup Mix- Great as seasoning for many beef based menu items. ( Meatloaf, pot roast, stews )

  • Dried herbs and spices: Hungarian paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, crushed red pepper, rosemary, thyme leaves, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, ground cinnamon, adobo seasoning, fennel seed and bay leaves

  • Vanilla extract

Canned and Bottled Items

  • Tomato Paste

  • Chicken and Beef Stock ( Get stock, not broth- Broth has no taste in comparison)

  • Canned beans: cannellini, kidney, chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

  • Low calorie canned soups

  • Solid white tuna in water

  • Worcestershire sauce

  • San Marzano Tomatoes

Grains

  • Whole wheat pastas

  • Brown and minute rice

  • Quinoa – so easy to make and the only complete protein on the list! You can substitute it for anything you’d use rice for.

  • Cereal, cereal and more cereal. It looks like Jerry Seinfelds cabinet

  • Stacey's pita chips ( Hummus in the fridge )

  • Rolled oats – steel cut oats are also great.

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