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Extreme Home Makeover: Pantry Edition


Healthier Pantry

The kitchen pantry.  It's the go-to for food and all those essential cooking ingredients.  I am sure 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!

 

 

PANTRY STAPLES

OILS/SPRAY
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (olive oil sprayer is handy for spraying vegetables, breads, popcorn, pizza crust, plus much more!)
Coconut oil
Cooking Spray

VINEGARS
balsamic vinegar
red wine vinegar
white wine vinegar
apple cider vinegar
rice wine vinegar

CANNED INGREDIENTS
lite coconut milk
beans (black beans, garbanzo beans / chickpeas, great northern, pinto)
tomatoes (diced, tomato sauce)
fish (salmon, tuna)

NATURAL SWEETENERS
pure maple syrup (store in refrigerator)
raw honey
date sugar

WHOLE GRAINS & FLOURS
couscous
quinoa (pronounced “keen wah”)
brown rice
whole grain pasta
whole wheat flour (store in the refrigerator)
almond flour (or almond meal)
old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
panko breadcrumbs
popcorn kernels (for air popcorn popper)

NUTS / NUT BUTTERS / DRIED FRUIT
almonds, pecans, walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios, cashews (store in the refrigerator)
sunflower seeds
natural almond butter / peanut butter
dried fruits (raisins, cranberries)

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

SEASONINGS
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)
nutmeg
onion powder
oregano (dried)
paprika (Hungarian, regular or smoked)
parsley flakes
rosemary
thyme leaves (or ground thyme)
black pepper
sea salt (add salt & pepper grinders to your list and use coarse sea salt and black peppercorns)

OTHER
low sodium chicken broth (we like using granules and mix as needed)
hot sauce or sriracha
reduced-sodium soy sauce
Worcestershire sauce
Dijon and whole grain mustard
natural ketchup
whole wheat tortillas
onions
lemons
limes
eggs
unsalted butter
cheese (parmesan, cheddar, feta)

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

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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4 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!

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