As I am sure you have gathered by now, I believe in being prepared. Meals for the week are planned, outfits for the week are laid out, workouts are scheduled, social and work obligations written in my planner. I always have a pretty good idea of exactly what the next 5 days will look like before I get in bed on Sunday night. Being prepared is especially important when it comes to meeting healthy living goals.
In an effort to spend less money at the grocery store, we stopped going so often. We now do one big grocery shop a month and then run to the produce store down the street when we we are out of the fresh stuff or stop at the small store nearby to keep fresh milk and greek yogurt in the house. Besides that, everything else is bought in the big trip once a month. ( I am planning more in depth post(s) about meal/ grocery planning and shopping once a month). There is plenty of meal inspiration when the fridge and cupboards are bulging right after a grocery trip but a couple weeks in, I need to start getting creative. This is where a well stocked pantry (and freezer) come in to play. A few years ago, I looked at many pantry stocking lists and over the years I have created my own based on my cooking style and tastes. Everyone will have a different idea of what they want in their pantry but this list is pretty extensive and will give you some good ideas. We have a deep freezer and some food storage shelves in our basement as well as our normal kitchen cupboards and freezer. There is some produce that lasts for awhile so I include that on my pantry list as well. I don’t always have all of this on hand, but I usually have most of it and I try to keep a running list of things that need to be replaced on our next grocery trip. This also greatly reduces our bill for meat because we can buy large amounts at once and and just break them up and freeze them.
Vinegar-Cider, Red Wine, Balsamic and Regular
Condiments- ketchup, bbq sauce, mayonaise, soy sauce, pickles, relish
Flour- whole wheat, white etc
Peanut Butter, Amond butter, Jam
Rice, Barley, Quinoa,etc (favorite grains)
Canned tomatoes- I have home canned one this year but usually keep a variety of canned ones on hand
Oils- olive, sesame, peanut, canola
Canned corn, mushrooms, green chiles
beans- variety of dried and canned
cereal- cold, oatmeal, steel cut oats
nuts- walnuts, almonds
Frozen fruit and veggies- I prefer fresh but it is good to have some on hand for when we run out and haven’t made it out for more. ( I am extra lucky to have a lot from my own garden frozen this year)
Meat- fish, chicken, ground beef, steaks, tilapia, salmon, shrimp, italian sausage, bacon
potatoes- red are my favorite
Keeping a well stocked pantry makes it easier to come up with creative, delicious and healthy meals at the last minute. I like food too much to resort to eating pasta and canned sauce for the last week or so before our grocery trip…. and luckily I never have to with these things on hand.
What do you always keep in the house?