Pantry Essentials

Yesterday was our weekly grocery shopping trip. The topic can be stressful for some, but a combination of meal planning and pantry inventory can make this chore way more efficient and less stressful. So I thought today would be a good time to go over some staples that can always be found in my pantry and I recommend considering in yours! Keep in mind, this is only pantry items; I'll save fridge, freezer, spice cupboard, etc. for future posts so it's not too overwhelming. I tend to be a cheapskate and go with the cheap generic brand, however, there are a few things that I'm picky about, so I'll specify those in the list. Leave a comment with some of your pantry essentials, and let me know if any of ours are the same!


Canned whole tomatoes

Tree Top No sugar added Applesauce*

Whole Wheat Pasta (spaghetti and a smaller noodle such as penne)

Thai Kitchen Lite Coconut Milk (25 oz carton)*

Dry Beans (black, pinto, and garbanzo)


Brown Rice

Snacks/Breakfast ingredients:

Peanuts (no salt, no oil)

Other Seeds/Nuts (for snacking or adding to muesli)


Old Fashioned Oats

Other no-sugar-added dried/freeze-dried fruits

Dates* (I used to get the cheap kind, but I found Sunsweet to be much higher quality)

Tortilla Chips (my husband's weakness)

Ghiradelli 60% dark chocolate chips* (my weakness)


Coconut oil

Avocado oil

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar


Yellow Onions (I prefer the flavor of yellow over white or red)

Sweet Potatoes


Mexican Vanilla*

Baking Soda

Baking Powder

White wheat berries for grinding into flour (if that's not your thing, then whole wheat flour)

White flour (yes, I do keep some as backup or if I just feel like making some good ol' fashioned baked goods)

*For pictures of the brand-specific foods, look below. You can also see how small and imperfect my pantry is.

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Hi! I'm Felicia. I believe that food should be simple and the ingredients should be just that: ingredients. I also believe that balance and moderation are essential. So come to my kitchen, and let's make everyday family foods healthier. Or click here to learn more about me.