Pantry Staples

I have a friend who asked me what my pantry staples are.  There are a ton of things you can make on whim if you stock some of the basics.

These are the contents of my pantry to make quick weeknight meals:

  • Rice (Basmati, Jasmine, and Brown...bonus points for wild.)  That's points for wild rice, not for being wild
  • Lentils/Daals (red (masoor), toor (yellow), moong, ...bonus pts for urad, puy (brown)  
  • Flour (whole wheat, all purpose)
  • Pasta (whole wheat penne, orzo, orecchiette, lasagna)
  • Vermicelli or Pho Noodles
  • Quinoa (for salads, sides, and fillings)
  • Couscous
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Dried Beans (black, kidney, garbanzo (chickpeas), and bonus pts for cannellini)
  • Dried Fruits (Cranberries, Apricots, golden raisins, dates, prunes)
  • Nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans and pinenuts)
  • Garlic
  • Onions (red and yellow)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Sugar (Brown and White)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned beans (black, kidney, garbanzo (chickpeas), vegetarian refried)
  • Vegetable Stock/Broth
  • Can of Chipotles in Adobo sauce
  • Can of Water chestnuts
  • Can of baby corn
  • Can of bamboo shoots
  • Can of green chilies
  • Can of coconut milk
  • Can of Tomato paste
  • Can of Tomato Sauce
  • Can of Diced Tomatoes
  • Can of Crushed Tomatoes
  • Spices
  • Vinegars (white wine, red wine, rice wine, and balsamic)
  • Oils (olive and grapeseed, and small bottle of sesame oil)
  • Jar of Roasted Red Peppers
  • Soy Sauce
  • Salsa (regular and tomatillo)
  • Cheese (cubes, shredded blend, artisan cheddar, goat, parmesan)
  • Tortillas (corn and flour)
  • Bread (whole wheat slices, mini bagels, artisan on occasion)
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt (Plain)
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Citrus (lemon/limes)
  • Frozen Veggies (peas, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, spinach)
  • Frozen Dumplings or Potstickers


  1. ps - I started w/ pantry items and digressed to other must-haves! sorry!

  2. Yeah!! This is SUPER helpful:)


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