Tips for a Well-Stocked Pantry

If your pantry is looking a little paltry these days, it’s time to stock your shelves.

Having what you need on hand is like having a hammer and a wrench in your toolbox.   It’s not a necessity but it makes the job more pleasant.

To help you out, here’s my go-to Pantry Stock Up List:


  • Canned, dried beans/legumes (pinto, garbanzo, kidney, black, lentils, split pea, etc.) – Click here for a quick tutorial on making dried beans and amping up the flavor of canned
  • Tomatoes (paste, diced, pureed, etc.)
  • Veggie broth
  • Nut and seed butters
  • Grains (farro, oats, brown rice, quinoa, barley, etc.)
  • Pasta (whole grain, rice, etc.)
  • Spices (salt-free blends, basil, Italian seasoning, cumin, garlic powder, curry, paprika, bay leaves, etc.)
  • Nuts and/or seeds (walnuts, almonds, pumpkin, etc.)
  • Pure maple syrup, honey
  • Condiments (mustards,  olive oil, sriracha, low-sodium soy sauce or tamari, vinegars

Worried about dropping a lot of coin at the store to stock up?  Grab a few different things each time you head to the store.  Buy a bag of pinto, garbanzo and black beans and a few grains this week.  Next week pick up your spices, the next, broths and tomato products, etc.

Stocking your pantry means you’re cooking at home, which means you will probably have leftovers for another meal (or more), which means you’ll be eating out less, which translates to more $ in your pocket.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂












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