Pantry Cooking

The idea of making tasty, easily prepared meals in the middle of a busy week can be overwhelming. But by keeping a range of staples in the pantry, it is simple to open the cupboard, find inspiration and create different meal combinations.

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Basic Pantry

Baking

  • All-purpose flour
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla extract

Canned Goods

  • Chicken stock or broth (low-sodium) or vegetable broth
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Canned beans: white, black, kidney, chick peas
  • Tuna
  • Peanut butter
  • Anchovies

StarchesĀ and Dry Goods

  • Pasta (in various shapes, strands, and tubes, use whole wheat if possible)
  • Long-grain brown rice and Arborio rice
  • Lentils
  • Split peas
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Oatmeal (old fashioned, not quick)
  • Dried mushrooms
  • Bread crumbs
  • TVP (texturized vegetable protein)

Fresh andĀ Unrefrigerated

  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Oranges

Condiments

  • Vinegars (balsamic and cider vinegars)
  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cooking spray
  • Soy sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper

The Spice Rack

  • Dried basil
  • Cayenne or
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Chili powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried sage
  • Dried parsley
  • Italian seasoning
  • Dried mustard

Refrigerator

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • Other cheeses
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Lemon
  • Capers
  • Anchovies

The Freezer

  • Frozen corn
  • Frozen spinach
  • Frozen peas
  • Frozen mixed vegetables
  • Chicken breasts
  • Nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds)