10 Pantry Staples

10 Pantry Staples

Hello, friends! I hope that you had a lovely weekend! I spent Saturday with one of my sisters who is also expecting a baby. We got pedicures and lunch and it was a great way to relax a while. After being so uncomfortable, spending some time getting pampered was much needed. Tell me how your weekend was in the comments below. Today I’m sharing ten of my staples that I keep on hand to make for easy meals. I did some stocking up on pantry items last week so I’d have a bit extra while I’m not able to do so much cooking.

10 Pantry Staples

  • Rice and/or Quinoa: Rice can be made ahead and left in a container in the fridge to add as a meal side. If you’re not a huge rice fan or it takes too long to cook for you, quinoa is another great idea. Quinoa takes 15 minutes to make and has protein and helps make a dish filling.
  • Pasta: I like to grab brown rice pasta or bean pasta. When there’s a sale, I like to grab a few so I have them on hand. Pasta is filling, inexpensive, and can be as simple or complicated as you like to make it! 
  • Canned Beans and Lentils: I’d recommend buying no salt or low sodium canned beans and lentils. I typically stock up when I see them on sale. I also like to buy vegetarian re-fried beans for a super quick meal during the week. Beans are filling and very versatile and not to mention very inexpensive!
  • Spices: Staple spices are Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cracked Black Pepper, Basil, Chili Powder,Cinnamon, Dill, and Paprika. Keeping meals simple doesn’t mean it has to be tasteless! I always make sure to have some spices on hand to jazz up beans, soups, stir fry, etc. 
  • Canned Tomatoes: Diced tomatoes are a great add in for tacos, soups and chili, and pasta dishes. I typically go for the no salt added diced tomatoes. 
  • Vegetable Broth/Stock: Having some vegetable broth or stock on hand is great for making a quick Ramen bowl, stir frying vegetables in, or using broth to cook grains instead of water. 
  • Canned Soup: I love to keep some low sodium soups on hand for those nights when I don’t have the time to cook. I love Amy’s Kitchen soups especially the Thai Coconut soup! 
  • Pancake Mix: Another easy dinner is pancakes. If I find a good gluten free pancake mix, I’ll grab a box or two to have on hand. I love topping it with peanut butter, berries, and honey for a really simple dinner or breakfast.
  • Olive Oil/Coconut Oil: Having some olive oil on hand is great when I want to roast some potatoes or veggies. I like using coconut oil to stir fry vegetables in for fried rice. 
  • Balsamic Vinegar: I like to have Balsamic, white wine vinegar, and red wine vinegar on hand for pasta salads, salad dressings, or sauces. Balsamic also makes a great glaze for roasted vegetables. 

What are your go-to pantry staples? Favorite breakfast for dinner idea?

Tell me in the comments below!

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17 thoughts on “10 Pantry Staples

  1. We definitely have dried beans, not canned beans as much, but we’re hoping to cook up some dried beans this weekend for a big pot of soup on Sunday. 🙂 And Olive Oil/Coconut Oil/an assortment of vinegars are pantry staples for us too. I might add peanut butter, but sometimes I just keep it in the fridge. Actually most of the time I keep it in the fridge, but if I’m going to use it up quickly I keep it in the pantry.

    • Coconut milk is a good one to add. So versatile for sweet or savory dishes! I’ll have to try working more with dried lentils. I only have experience with them in the crock pot!

    • Those are all on point, Emily! I definitely agree with coconut milk and nut butter. How could I have forgotten to add peanut butter to this list?! It’s my most beloved item! 😀

  2. Agree with pretty much all of this! I get the huge bags of rice and dried beans from Sam’s Club so that I always have some on hand. I also love having cans of coconut milk/cream on hand for so many different recipes!

    • That’s a really good one. I need to do better about stocking up on some coconut milk because I do tend to want it and not have it on hand!

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