We all lead busy lives and that can make it tempting to grab meals out because it’s convenient. Cooking really doesn’t take a long time, especially if you stock your pantry with the right staples. What foods should be in your healthy pantry? You can purchase store brand and bulk items to keep costs lower. Try to buy organic foods when possible.
Depending on how often you cook, you’ll need to restock these ingredients approximately two to three times per month. You’ll need to shop for perishable foods one to two times per week. That’s when you will want to purchase things like whole-grain breads, flatbreads and tortillas, fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood, low-fat dairy, and any organic prepared foods and meals you want to have on hand.
- 4 lbs dried beans (pinto, white, black & lentils)
- 4 15-oz cans no-salt-added beans (kidney, pinto, black, garbanzo)
- 4 lbs whole grains (1 quinoa, 1 pearled barley, 2 long-grain brown rice)
- 2 lbs whole-wheat pasta of your choice
- 2 lbs rolled and/or steel-cut oats
- 1 6-oz can tomato paste
- 2 14.5-oz cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes
- 1 32-oz box low-sodium organic vegetable broth
- 1 32-oz box organic unsweetened soymilk
- 1 32-oz box organic unsweetened almondmilk
- 1 14-oz can organic lite coconut milk
- 1 8-oz pkg organic mellow white miso
- 1 2-oz pkg arame sea vegetable
- 1 16-oz jar tahini (ground sesame seed butter)
- 1 18-oz jar organic no-salt-added peanut or almond butter
- 8 oz each organic raw almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds
- 8 oz each organic un-sulfured apricots, dates and raisins
- 1 8-oz squeeze bottle organic Dijon mustard
- 1 32-oz bottle organic apple cider vinegar
- 1 6-oz bottle Bragg Liquid Aminos
- 1 10-oz bottle reduced-sodium tamari soy sauce
Pantry stocked? Get cooking with some of our healthy recipes.
And, learn more about how to select, store and cook everything from beans, nuts and seeds, pasta, whole grains and much more in our Food Guides.
I’m heading to the store now to stock my kitchen with these ingredients! I love to cook.
Source: Whole Foods Market
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