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Extreme Home Makeover: Pantry Edition

The kitchen pantry.

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 – 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!)
Coconut oil
Cooking Spray

balsamic vinegar
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)
artichoke hearts
olives (pitted Greek kalamata and black olives)

pure maple syrup (store in refrigerator)
raw honey
coconut sugar

quinoa (pronounced “keen wah”)
brown rice
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)
panko breadcrumbs
popcorn kernels (for air popcorn popper)

almonds, pecans, walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios, cashews (store in the refrigerator)
sunflower seeds
natural peanut butter or almond butter
dried fruits (raisins, cranberries)

baking powder
baking soda
dark brown sugar
arrowroot (or corn starch for thickening)
dark chocolate chips (higher the cacao %, the better)

basil leaves
cayenne pepper
chili powder
cinnamon (try Vietnamese or Ceylon cinnamon)
coriander (dried form of cilantro)
crushed red pepper flakes
cumin (ground)
curry powder
dill weed
garlic powder or granulated garlic or fresh garlic
ginger (ground)
onion powder
oregano (dried)
paprika (Hungarian or regular)
smoked paprika
parsley flakes
thyme leaves (or ground thyme)
black pepper
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
Worcestershire sauce
low fat mayo
Dijon and whole grain mustard
natural ketchup
whole wheat tortillas
unsalted butter
cheese (parmesan, cheddar, feta)

lean ground beef
skinless boneless chicken breasts
frozen veggies (corn, peas, edamame)
frozen berries

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!


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6 Responses to Extreme Home Makeover: Pantry Edition

    • Great suggestion – thank you! We have added some refrigerated and a few frozen items too. Most of the time the refrigerated and frozen items will vary based on the recipes and meals we are making, but hopefully this helps! Thanks again!

  1. This pantry list is amazing. It will surely help me thanks so much. I’ll get started on it right away. Something to keep me organized. Thanks again!

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