It's the go-to for food and all those essential cooking ingredients. We have all come across that ingredient that hasn't been used in months, OK, maybe years, and we can't even remember what recipe we bought it for!
We have put together a list of some "staple" or regularly used items to consider keeping in the pantry. We find that we use these items on a regular basis and – if you like the recipes on eatrealamerica.com – we hope this staple list will be useful. It should make great-tasting meals so much easier to bring together!
You don’t have to get rid of all of the processed snacks and foods in your pantry, but this is a good opportunity to re-evaluate those items! Some people have a special small section for these items, for example, a “red light box”. Remember, the more REAL food, the better. Just keep it simple and focus on the ingredients!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (olive oil sprayer is handy for spraying vegetables, breads, popcorn, pizza crust, plus much more!)
red wine vinegar
white wine vinegar
apple cider vinegar
rice wine vinegar
lite coconut milk
beans (black beans, garbanzo beans / chickpeas, great northern, pinto)
tomatoes (diced, tomato sauce)
fish (salmon, tuna)
olives (pitted Greek kalamata and black olives)
pure maple syrup (store in refrigerator)
WHOLE GRAINS & FLOURS
quinoa (pronounced “keen wah”)
whole grain pasta
whole wheat flour, white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour (store in the refrigerator)
almond flour (or almond meal)
old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
popcorn kernels (for air popcorn popper)
NUTS / NUT BUTTERS / DRIED FRUIT
almonds, pecans, walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios, cashews (store in the refrigerator)
natural peanut butter or almond butter
dried fruits (raisins, cranberries)
dark brown sugar
arrowroot (or corn starch for thickening)
dark chocolate chips (higher the cacao %, the better)
cinnamon (try Vietnamese or Ceylon cinnamon)
coriander (dried form of cilantro)
crushed red pepper flakes
garlic powder or granulated garlic or fresh garlic
paprika (Hungarian or regular)
thyme leaves (or ground thyme)
salt (add salt & pepper grinders to your list and use coarse sea salt and black peppercorns)
low sodium chicken broth/vegetable broth (we like using Orrington Farms broth base and mix as needed)
hot sauce or sriracha
reduced-sodium soy sauce
low fat mayo
Dijon and whole grain mustard
whole wheat tortillas
cheese (parmesan, cheddar, feta)
lean ground beef
skinless boneless chicken breasts
frozen veggies (corn, peas, edamame)
Print a copy of this Pantry Staple List!
You may wonder why you need all of this, or why all of these items "made the list.” We will try to explain certain items further in our recipe tips, quick tips, and coaching tips.
What staples do you find useful in your pantry? Please share your tips and ideas with us!