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RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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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.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
7/17/13 12:18 A

Frozen Berries
Pumpkin Seeds
Italian Parsley
Swiss Chard

Edited by: MEG-NATALIA07 at: 7/17/2013 (00:19)
MRSAND Posts: 1,612
7/16/13 1:53 P

1. oatmeal
2. frozen berries
3. frozen portions of cooked chicken or chicken sausage
4. greek yogurt
5. frozen salmon
6. low sodium tuna in single serve foil packets
7. bagged romaine and/or spinach
8. no salt added canned beans
9. tomatoes (no salt canned and/or fresh)
10. eggs
11. reduced fat cheese
12. frozen brussels sprouts
13. nuts
14. olive oil
15. "homemade lean cuisines" that I make in batches, portion into single servings and keep in freezer (chili, eggplant mushroom casserole, beans and greens, spaghetti sauce, etc)

BITTERQUILL Posts: 1,639
7/16/13 12:32 P

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)
BUUKWORM14 SparkPoints: (78,756)
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7/16/13 10:53 A

Canned beans
Dried beans & lentils
Peanut butter
Light, WW bread
FF Greek yogurt
Cheddar cheese
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)

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
7/16/13 9:56 A

Spices of varying types

Almond & Coconut Flours
Coconut Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil
Whole or Chopped Nuts (often to grind into nut butter; or eat)
Almond Butter
Coconut Milk (canned)
Almond Milk (tetra-packs)

Apples (mainly Granny Smith)
Greens of a variety for Salads
Lots of fresh vegetables (as many varieties as I can get)

Frozen (with nothing added) fruits and vegetables, especially for use in fall/winter/spring when fresh are not as readily available

Canned Tuna
Canned Sardines
Canned Salmon

Broth - with as few added ingredients as possible, or I try and make my own and freeze it

ETA: there are other things I keep on hand like eggs and such, but they have been also mentioned by others.

Edited by: CMCOLE at: 7/16/2013 (09:58)
NHELENE Posts: 1,505
7/16/13 9:48 A

Pantry items:

1. canned and dried beans (multiple varieties)
2. pasta (spaghetti and small/shaped)
3. Canned diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.
4. Rice
5. Olive/Peanut/Vegetable Oils
6. Vinegar (multiple varieties)
7. Olives and Capers

Fresh items:
1. Milk
2. Eggs
3. Plain Yogurt (large tub)
4. Onions (red, yellow, shallots, and scallions)
5. Spinach or Salad Greens
6. Tortillas
7. Shredded Cheese
8. Lemon/Lime juice

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,314
7/16/13 8:28 A

Skim Milk
Fage 0% Plain Yogurt
Brown rIce
Taco Shells
99% Fat Free Jennie O Ground Turkey
Oscar Mayer Mesquite Shaved Turkey slices (Family size)
Garbanzo Beans
Flax Seeds and sesame seeds
Walnuts, almonds, and pistachios
Popcorn to air pop
Granny Apples & Peanut Butter

SARAHMO4 Posts: 336
7/16/13 6:58 A

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

KIRSTENCO SparkPoints: (11,539)
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7/16/13 5:30 A

Soy milk powder
Herbalife shake
Water filter
Herbalife shaker
Herbalife measuring spoon
Tinned Tomatoes
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

AUGUSTREADY SparkPoints: (1,560)
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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

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
7/16/13 3:06 A

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)
SAMANTHALENORE SparkPoints: (2,901)
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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.)

SOCAL_LEE SparkPoints: (43,325)
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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.

7/15/13 12:27 P

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!

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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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)
SHINAKO SparkPoints: (55,000)
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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. Peanut Butter
2. Bread
3. Oatmeal
4. Olive Oil
5. Snack Chips/Crackers
6. Apples
7. Bananas
8. Various Meats: Chicken/Thin Pork/Ground Beef/Ground Turkey
9. Lactose Free Milk
10. Eggs
11. Coffee
12. Shredded Cheese
13. Juice
14. Oranges
15. Spinach

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/15/13 10:31 A

1. Olive Oil
2. Peanut butter (switching to Almond butter slowly)
3. Jasmine rice
4. Whole wheat pasta
5. Breakfast cereal (currently Nature's Path Pumpkin Raisin crunch)
6. Apples
7. Oranges
8. Protein powder (chocolate & vanilla)
9. Romaine lettuce
10. Canned tuna
11. Canned beans (black, kidney, chickpeas)
12. Canned tomato sauce/tomatoes
13. 1% milk
14. Greek yogurt
15. Parmesan cheese

LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
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7/15/13 10:19 A

1. Assortment of fresh vegetables
2. Assortment of fresh fruit
3. 2% milk
4. Greek yogurt
5. Chicken breasts & thighs
6. Ground beef/turkey
7. Steaks
8. Assortment of cheeses, including laughing cow cheese wedges
9. Condiments and spices, all types
10. Spaghetti and spaghetti sauce
11. Cans of diced tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, sauces
12. 98% fat-free cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soups
13. Almonds
14. Baked potato chips
15. Sugars and flour

TINKSMOM1 Posts: 1,303
7/15/13 9:51 A

1. assortment of fresh fruit
2. onions
3. greek yogurt
4. almond milk
5. canned tomatoes
6. chicken broth
7. almonds
8. canned veggies
9. frozen veggies
10. chicken breasts
11. skim milk
12. coffee
13. cheese
14. misc. fresh veggies
15. eggs

7/15/13 9:06 A

1. Bananas
2. Apples
3. Frozen/fresh berries
4. Plain Nonfat yogurt
5. Tortilla/wraps
6. Broccoli
7. Onions
8. Bell Peppers
9. Shredded Parmesan Cheese (high quality... little goes a long way)
10. Olive Oil
11. Canned beans
12. eggs
13. 2% milk
14. Salsa
15. Spinach

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7/15/13 8:22 A

1. Fresh produce, particularly carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, turnip, cabbage, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, lettuce and yams
2. Fresh fruit (in season) particularly berries, melons, mangoes, pineapple, bananas and papaya
3. eggs and egg whites
4. cottage cheese
5. yogurt
6. oatmeal
7. tomato paste
8. salsa
9. fresh meat - mostly chicken, some beef and a little pork
10. quinoa
11. 2% milk
12. coconut oil
13. whole wheat flour
14. honey
15. butter

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
7/15/13 8:17 A

fruits and veggies make up the top 10, fish, chicken, olive oil, protein powder and water rounds out the top 15.

7/15/13 7:32 A

1. Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially greens, onions, mushrooms, watermelon, apples, pears, berries and oranges
2. Nut butters, nuts and seeds
3. Nutritional yeast
4. Tofu, tempeh, seitan
5. Canned and fresh legumes
6. Canned tomatoes, all types
7. Tahini
8. Grains and their flours, especially barley, millet, spelt and quinoa
9. Hummus
10. Mustard, tamari, pickle relish, etc.
11. Olive oil
12. Miso
13. Sea salt and other spices
14. Seedlander Crackers
15. Ezekiel 4:9 bread products

7/14/13 10:59 P

1) Eggs
2) Carrots
3) Heavy Cream
4) Ground Pork
5) Bacon
6) Chicken Breasts
7) Romaine Lettuce
8) Sweet Potatoes
9) Potatoes
10) Spinach
11) Green Beans
12) Butter
13) Coconut Oil
14) Avocado
15) Broccoli

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
7/14/13 10:49 P

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.

AJBOTV SparkPoints: (0)
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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.

7/14/13 10:16 P

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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