Fitness Minutes: (2,155)
1,324 7/17/13 10:20 A
Staples: several kinds of rice, several kinds of dal (Indian lentils), dried or canned beans and chickpeas, quinoa, eggs Basic meal-stuff: soy or almond milk, cereal, bread, peanut butter or almond butter, pasta Vegetables: Peppers, onions, potatoes, eggplant, green beans, greens of whatever variety, cauliflower, broccoli, frozen veggies (whatever), some Indian stuff nobody will recognize Fruit: pears, berries, bananas, apples Carrots and hummus -- this gets its own category because I'm currently addicted to the stuff. Olive oil. Junk food (I eat very little, but my husband buys it for himself and the kid): ice cream, chips, cookies.
Does a spice cabinet count as one item even if it contains a bunch of them? ;)
My spice cabinet is the most important part of my kitchen, hands down. My most-used seasonings (besides the obvious salt and pepper) are granulated garlic, chili powder and cumin. I also use a lot of ginger, cinnamon, cloves, ground mustard, cardamom, cayenne pepper, white pepper, nutmeg, paprika (regular and smoked), turmeric and curry powder (although I prefer pastes). Dried herbs are good too, like basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley, dillweed, mint, cilantro and bay leaves. My family really likes caraway and fennel seeds so I keep those, too, even though I don't personally care for them. I also always have a few varieties of oils, vinegars, mustards, hot sauces and citrus juices in there.
You can soften the starting costs by buying one or two new items per week until you gradually build up a good supply. If you have access to a store where you can buy herbs and spices in bulk, you can save a *lot* of money that way, too.
Besides the spice cabinet, my bare bones kitchen will always have:
1. green beans (frozen are cheapest) 2. broccoli (never frozen...I don't like the texture) 3. carrots 4. onions 5. garlic 6. bananas 7. apples 8. sweet potatoes 9. brown rice (I like jasmine) 10. oats (preferably steelcut, but traditional is okay) 11. dried beans and/or lentils 12. chicken breasts 13. eggs 14. Greek yogurt (plain for cooking, flavored for eating alone) 15. peanut butter
It's very hard for me to limit the list to just 15! The original list I wrote was easily twice that long, mostly other produce and protein options, and I really do consider all those items staples. But I'm a sucker for variety and I'd get bored really fast if I was stuck with 15 items.
Edited by: BITTERQUILL at: 7/16/2013 (15:48)
Fitness Minutes: (43,797)
930 7/16/13 10:53 A
Canned beans Dried beans & lentils Almonds Walnuts Peanut butter Light, WW bread FF Greek yogurt Cheddar cheese Lemons/limes In season, fresh fruit In season, fresh veg, frozen when out of season Olive oil Low sodium soy sauce Vinegar (currently have 5 but at least rice, red wine and cider) Rice
1. boneless skinless chicken breasts 2. milk, skim normally 3. colored bell peppers 4. eggs 5. almonds or pistachios for a healthy snack if I want something salty 6. special k bars 7. homemade frozen waffles, more filling and healthy if I eat these and not pre-maid 8. block of cheese, Colby jack or cheddar is great 9. brae burn apples, love the flavor 10. water in water pitcher 11. bananas 12. frozen or canned veggies when making meals 13. orange juice, helps with sweetness craving for pop and great for breakfast 14. barilla pasta plus, different varieties 15. raspberry jelly, not the healthiest but a favorite for sandwiches and making simple dyi salad dressings
Fitness Minutes: (10,000)
214 7/16/13 5:30 A
Soy milk powder Herbalife shake Water filter Herbalife shaker Herbalife measuring spoon Tinned Tomatoes Fruit Alkalising powder Fibre & Herb Tablets Home-made chicken and vegetable soup (frozen in portions) Cooked brown and wild rice (frozen in portions) Himalayan Rock Salt Cocoa powder Rooibos tea Eggs
Fitness Minutes: (2,878)
86 7/16/13 4:04 A
Always have these on hand:
1. Frozen blueberries 2. Eggs 3. Oats 4. Skinless Chicken 5. Tinned tomatoes 6. Black beans 7. Variety of chillies 8. Onions, garlic and ginger 9. Potatoes and sweet potato 10. Bell peppers 11. Spinach 12. Mushrooms 13. Parmesan 14. Wide variety of spices including cumin, coriander, star anise, turmeric, cloves, cardamom etc... 15. Apples
No particular order: 1. Oats 2. Milk 3. Eggs 4. Nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter) 5. Dried beans (pintos, great northern, etc.) 6. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (right now, I have strawberries, watermelon, lemons, green beans, carrots, baby greens, mushrooms, broccoli, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados, garlic and onions) 7. spices, condiments, sweeteners (sugar, splenda, honey) and oils (olive and canola) 8. Cheese (an assortment, mostly lowfat) 9. Plain greek yogurt (Fage 0%) 9. Cereal (for my husband) and granola (for me) 10. Whole wheat bread and tortillas, whole wheat flour 11. Pasta (spaghetti and a couple of other types of whole wheat pasta) and some canned spaghetti sauce 12. Popcorn (for the air popper) 13. Meat (chicken breasts and 93% lean ground beef) 14. Salsa 15. Coffee
Also: Crackers and a couple of cans of soup (emergency food in case of illness, which is about the only time I'll eat soup out of a can and crackers, but I definitely need it when I'm under the weather).
Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 7/16/2013 (03:12)
Fitness Minutes: (998)
15 7/15/13 7:09 P
What a great question!!! These are probably the top 15 things that we keep around so that we only need to buy a few fresh produce ingredients for any given dinner recipe that we pick. We don't buy fresh produce without a specific recipe or use in mind to avoid waste, and we buy produce a couple times a week rather than just once a week so that, if we don't make a recipe, we don't end up with too much extra.
1. Olive oil & canola oil (canola oil for higher heat cooking) 2. Spices in small quantities (so that they don't lose potency). I think the top five for savory cooking, for us, are: cumin, chili powder, dried oregano, dried thyme, and red pepper flakes. 3. Dried lentils (very quick cooking protein, we keep both red and French lentils on hand) 4. Rice (short grain brown rice is the best day-to-day, I think) 5. Canned beans (2 cans each of chickpeas, black beans, and pinto or cannellini beans) 6. Fresh lemons and limes (for a great squirt of flavor) 7. Onions (just about every recipe starts with these) 8. Garlic (this too) 9. A couple kinds of vinegar, our top three I think are balsamic, rice wine vinegar, and apple cider vinegar 10. Soy sauce (low-sodium) 11. Dijon mustard 12. Canned tomatoes (2 cans each of chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste) 13. Bouillon cubes (instead of buying vegetable stock for every recipe) 14. Fancy finishing salts (a beautiful simple touch to make quickly roasted vegetables something special) 15. Whole wheat bread, peanut butter, and jelly (pretty much the only non-recipe, non-produce snack food we have around, so if we're still hungry we can always make a cheap and relatively healthy PB&J.)
Fitness Minutes: (78,965)
246 7/15/13 6:35 P
Haha, this is fun. I panic if we don't have the following (household also includes one fit adult male, two super energetic kids -- my goal is to get calories into them!):
1. Coffee 2. Milk 3. Eggs 4. Lettuce 5. Olive oil 6. Seasonal fresh fruit (right now, we're still enjoying strawberries and cherries and the grapes are coming in) 7. Carrots 8. Canned or dried beans 9. Pasta 10. Canned tomatoes 11. Bacon (see above re: get calories in them!) 12. Baking staples: flour, baking powder, oats, lots of dried herbs and spices 13. Butter and cheese 14. Seasonal fresh vegetables 15. Corn tortillas
and we also have chicken, pork and beef on hand/in the freezer.
Thank you all so much!!! This is wonderful! I bought several things this morning and will be putting several more on my list for next week! :) Thank you guys!
Fitness Minutes: (79,518)
2,489 7/15/13 12:22 P
In no particular order;
1. Oats 2. Veg and fruit (always in stock; romaine, kale, onions, tomato, broccoli, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, peppers, cucumber, apples, bananas and berries.) 3. Greek yogurt 4. Flaxseed 5. Milk and Almond milk 6. Whole grain bread 7. Pumpkin puree 8. Black beans 9. Natural peanut butter (a must!) 10. Whole wheat flour (other baking supplies, esp. cinnamon) 11. Salmon 12. Chicken breasts 13. Cottage cheese/ricotta 14. Egg beaters and eggs 15. Coffee :) Instant and Tassimo.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/15/2013 (12:25)
Fitness Minutes: (41,989)
4,439 7/15/13 10:33 A
This is a lot harder (and more embarrassing) than I initially thought! Since I've got a family, I'm going with items we normally keep stocked along with items I, personally, try to keep on hand. This list is in no particular order.
1. dried or canned beans 2. lentils 3. peanut butter 4. pasta 5. canned tomato 6. condiments- spicy brown mustard, horseradish, soy sauce, bbq sauce, et cetera 7. assorted types of vinegar 8. olive oil 9. spices- sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, basil, oregano, turmeric, et cetera 10. rice 11. plain yogurt 12. garlic 13. yeast 14. assorted types of flour 15. assorted types of sugar
We also always have onion, tahini, mirin, butter, peppers, eggs, milk, fruit, oatmeal, and cheese.
Fitness Minutes: (9,122)
183 7/14/13 10:33 P
Staples (besides fresh produce): 1. Tahini 2. Canned and dried chickpeas, navy beans, black beans and lentils 3. Miso 4. Nutritional yeast 5. Extra virgin olive oil 6. Tofu/tempeh 7. Quinoa 8. Frozen corn and peas 9. Nut butter (I vary it between almond, cashew, etc.) 10. Hummus (either homemade or store bought) 11. All my seasonings/herbs! 12. Canned diced tomatoes (I like the ones that are pre-seasoned like olive oil and garlic) 13. Raw nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts) 14. Hemp hearts 15. Chia seeds
All those staples, plus fresh produce, and I can make pretty much any of my favourite meals.
What are the top 15 items that you keep stocked in your kitchen? We have just returned from vacation and the cupboards are kind of bare. (We planned to run out of things before we left.) I'm thinking this is a great time to start with a fresh slate. I am wondering what main items everyone else keeps in their kitchen.
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