Stock up your pantry

The first step to cooking and eating healthy food is to stock your kitchen with a variety of nutritious goodies. Look for those with minimal ingredients, additives, and processing.

Here is a snapshot of what I keep in my pantry and what I use most often. Feel free to add your favorites and amend the list to suit your family’s dietary needs.

Condiments and spices:

Cinnamon

Turmeric

Cumin

Garlic powder

Black pepper in grinder

Cayenne pepper

Chilli flakes

Smoked paprika – sweet and hot – my favourite!

Salt: I like Himalayan or Celtic salt

Soy sauce

Bottled lemon juice: very handy! Look for 100% lemon juice, with nothing added

 

Nuts and seeds

Nut butters: tahini, almond, cashew, etc.

Nuts: almonds, cashew, pine, walnuts, etc.

Seeds: flax, sesame, pumpkin, sunflower, poppy, chia, hemp

 

Sweeteners:

Honey

Maple syrup

Stevia

 

Oils

Good quality olive oil

Rapeseed oil

Flaxseed oil

Toasted sesame oil

Pumpkin oil (my latest obsession!)

 

Vinegars

Apple cider vinegar

Balsamic vinegar

Red wine vinegar

 

Miscellaneous

Sea vegetables

Nutritional yeast

Olives

 

Fresh produce

Salad leaves

Root vegetables (I love sweet potatoes!)

Squash

Garlic

Onions

Fresh herbs

Eggs

 

Canned and jarred goods

Tomatoes

Beans

Coconut milk

Passata

Tomato pure

 

Dry goods

Lentils: red, black, green

Beans: different verities

Grains: brown rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth

Rice noodles

Pasta

Oats

 

Freezer:

Berries: raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries

Chopped, ripe bananas

Edemame beans

Broad beans

Green beans

Chopped onions (you can now buy them in the supermarket)

Peas

Carrots

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Spinach

Fresh chillies (chop the large ones before freezing, small ones can be frozen whole)

Fresh ginger (you can grate it from frozen, straight into your dish)

Meat and fish (if you eat them)

Use the above list for inspiration; feel free to add and adjust to suit your taste buds. We will talk about using the ingredients above to make cooking a breeze next time so stay tuned.

Tip: Keep a running list of products as you use them – you will have your shopping list ready

What is your go to ingredient? What do you keep in your pantry? I am curious, please share in the comments below. Are there any ingredient you are not sure about and like to learn more? Let me know and I will be happy to share and help you.

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