The key to eating whole healthy foods is having whole healthy foods on hand. I like to keep a variety of ingredients on hand so that I can make a batch of muffins or pull together a quick dinner without having to run off to the store to pick up a can of something or worse pull out the take out menu. Here’s what I keep on hand. I have more than this list in my cupboards but on this list are the things I consider my basics.
This is my first pantry which used to be our hall coat closet until last year when I realized we weren’t really using it for coats and needed some extra storage for food.
In here I keep the following essentials:
Unbleached, Spelt, Whole Wheat Flour
Oats and Spelt Flakes
Dried Black, Navy, Kidney Beans
Puffed Wheat and Rice
Dried black, French green Lentils
Whole Wheat Macaroni
Organic Baby Food ( I mostly feed table foods but keep these on hand for quick meal )
Snack Type Foods
Fruit cups packed in water
Boxes of Raisins
Organic Suckers ( yes not everything organic is healthy but it is nice to stay organic when enjoying unhealthy items )
This is my second tiny pantry where I keep more baking type stuff.
Baking Soda and Powder
Carob Chips and Powder
Chocolate Chips and Cocoa Powder
Miniature Marshmallows ( potty training incentives )
Oils listed in order of preference
Evaporated Cane Juice
Dark Brown Sugar
I use honey most often.
Lastly this is the cupboard above my stove.
Smoked Sea Salt
Regular Sea Salt
Then I keep a lot of tea on hand…everything seems better after a cup of tea.
What are your pantry must haves?
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