A New Year! New Beginnings! And for a home-chef, that means a Clean Pantry! In our case, it is a new pantry to boot. This is the first time in our adult lives, that we actually have a pantry. Remember our tiny 20 sq. ft. kitchen? We only had one big cupboard, which kept all of our pantry items, as well as dishes.
Now we have a six shelve pantry to fill, I have vowed not to overstock it with things we would never use. I have also dedicated only three shelves to ingredients. Just because we have space now, I refuse to over-stock the kitchen with food items that we don’t use, and that will go to waste.
We were thrilled when Whole Foods reached out to us about contributing to their event, Win Pantry Staples for a Year. The premise behind their event is that you can stock the pantry with healthy and affordable items for $50; enough items to create 14 meals. All you have to add is some fresh ingredients and spices. Fifty dollars may not seem like a lot of money to stock your pantry; but, if stick to buying their brands and/or shopping in the bulk area, that money will go far. I shop the bulk area very often, as I have control over how much of an item I need, and I only buy what I will be using. As well, their brand items are a lot less than “other store” brand items.
Here, is their list of items that will help you stock your pantry:
- 1 lb black beans
- 1 lb lentils
- 1 lb quinoa
- 2 lbs brown rice
- 2 (32-oz) boxes vegetable broth
- 2 (32-oz) box chicken broth
- 1 lb rolled oats
- 2 cans cannellini beans
- 1 lb orechiette pasta
- 1 lb pasta, your favorite kind
- 1 can black beans
- 1 jar unsweetened applesauce
- 1 (32-oz) box unsweetened almond milk
- 1 (5-oz) can tuna
- 3 (15-oz) cans diced tomatoes
- 1 package no-oil sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 jar pasta sauce
- Olive Oil - 2 bottles, one for cooking and a high quality for dressing dishes and salads
- Canola Oil
- Tea Seed Oil or Grape Seed Oil – for high heat cooking
- Coconut Oil – for baking
- AP Flour
- Unprocessed Sugar
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Honey - great drizzled over oatmeal, ricotta or yogurt. Also good in tea and hot toddys
- Kosher Salt
- Mixed Peppercorns – I mix black, pink and white together
- Chocolate Chips – for those last minute baking sessions
- Chickpeas – great in soups, stews, dips or on their own
- Pasta – always have one kind of pasta in the pantry for late night dinners
- Fresh Garlic
- Yellow Onions
- Butternut or Kambocha Squash
- Lemons – can use in savory or sweet dishes, as well as in tea
- Limes – need for cocktails
- Parsley or Cilantro
- Fresh Ginger Root – great for cooking and in tea
Recipe: Curried Lentils with Spinach
Recipes from Whole Foods using their pantry items.
Thank you, Whole Foods, for providing this giveaway!
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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation with Whole Foods Stock Your Pantry event. I was given $50 worth of staples to facilitate my review, as well as a $50 gift card to give to one of our readers. All opinions expressed are my own.
The winner of the $50 Whole Foods Gift Card is Kristina of Former Chef! Congrats Kristina. Drop us an email with your mailing address and we will get you your gift card.