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!