Now that it’s been 2+ months stuck here in quarantine, if you are like most, tensions in your household are running high, pantries have been thoroughly picked through, and there is no longer a corner in your home that you won’t be found within 10 seconds flat (or is that just with my kids?)!
Seriously though, is it just me who’s been digging way back on shelves and eating old snacks that probably should have been tossed months ago?! Ok then. I’m going to blame that on pregnancy and my weird cravings lately… but you get the point!
Ordering food online or going to the stores isn’t as easy as it once was, but that doesn’t mean your pantry can’t be thoroughly stocked with all the necessities, as well as some other more “unique” ingredients to help your weekly meals take on a whole new taste and really come to life, so to speak. I mean, making smoothies and sweet Potatoes is great and all, but if you could amplify them to next-level-GOOD, wouldn’t you?! Here is a whole list how, plus some!
And just for reference, I buy the majority of my bulk items from Costco and Amazon Subscribe & Save, and then the others at Trader Joe’s, Amazon (you can find lots of my pantry staples, HERE), or other local grocery stores if you prefer to venture out. I also provide a “Raid Your Pantry” Service for those who want more specifics or alternatives to what you and your family eat, so CONTACT ME for more info! I do them virtually too :).
|Baking:Almond FlourBaking Powder & Baking SodaCacao NibsCassava FlourChocolate Chips (sugar-free/dairy-free)Coconut FlourCoconut NectarCoconut OilCoconut SugarErythritolGround FlaxseedGluten-Free FlourHigh Fiber Syrup (what I use to make my Sugar-Free Maple Syrup)HoneyMacaMaple Syrup FlavorPeanut Butter and Almond Butter (go for Organic or ones with simply nuts & Sea Salt)TahiniVanilla Extract The Basics:Arrowroot: this is a great thickener in sauces. I use it as a replacement for cornstarchAvocado Oil SprayCoconut FlakesOlive and Avocado OilOrganic canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato pastePeppercornsSea SaltSesame OilSpices: including Cinnamon, Smoked Paprika, Turmeric, Italian Blend, Garlic PowderSpice Blends: Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel and Chili LimeVegetable Broth or Chicken Broth (shelf-stable cartons) For Smoothies (and Such):Acacia Fiber (Keeps me super full!)Almond and/or Coconut milkBananas (I freeze them once they are overly ripe)Chia SeedsCollagen ProteinEgg White Protein PowderFrozen cauliflower rice (helps make smoothies thicker and you can’t taste it!)Frozen Fruit: I usually get big bags from Costco, but Trader Joe’s has great prices tooPlant-based Protein Powder Sauces/Dressings:Amino AcidsApple Cider VinegarBalsamic VinegarBBQ Sauce (something low in sugar)Coconut AminosDijon MustardHot Sauce (I like to keep a variety)Miso PasteOrganic Ketchup (from Trader Joe’s)Primal Kitchen dressings – I love their Balsamic, Ranch and Green Goddess (for when I don’t have time to make my own)Trader Joe’s Organic Marinara Proteins:Canned Beans – I like to keep Garbanzo, White Beans, and Black Beans on hand (or if you’re really inspired, dried beans)Chicken Sausage (hormone-free; ideally Organic) – I like to get mine at Trader Joes or Whole FoodsFrozen Chicken Breasts (Organic) – I either get mine from Butcher Box or Whole FoodsFrozen Salmon (I only purchase Wild-caught)Smoked Salmon (great for pasta, on salads, etc)Tempeh – great source of vegetarian protein. Looking for ways to cook it? Check out this blog post**I personally don’t eat meat, but my husband and kids do (sometimes), so I’m including that info here for all you meat eaters tooVegetables:Bell Peppers (Organic)Broccoli (Organic; fresh or frozen)Cauliflower (head or riced)Cucumbers (Organic)Mixed Greens (Organic)MushroomsOnionsSpinach (Organic)Sweet PotatoesWhite Potatoes (although not all the time)Zucchini (Organic)And then random ones that are in season (Artichokes, Asparagus, Corn, etc.)I’ll also buy some Organic Frozen Vegetable blends when I’m rushed for time (just make sure they don’t contain a lot of sugar or unnecessary oils) Snacks:Lentil-based Chips (TJ’s has a great one!)Mixed Nuts (I’ll often make my own trail mix, so anything from peanuts and almonds to cashews, macadamia nuts and/or pistachios)Organic Multi-Grain ChipsOrganic Popcorn (made with Olive Oil or Coconut Oil)Plantain ChipsRoot Veggie ChipsVeggie Straws (my kids are obsessed!) Dry Goods:Barbara’s CerealsBrown Rice (TJ’s has a good variety)Dave Killer’s BreadGluten Free Bread (I like Udi’s from Costco)Granola: I go for ones low in sugarPasta: I love Banza Chickpea pasta and Trader Joe’s Lentil and Black Bean varieties; I also like to buy different shapesQuinoaRolled OatsHemp Seeds Fruits:Apples (Organic)BananasBerries (fresh if in season, otherwise frozen)Clementines (or Oranges)Lemons & LimesAnd then whatever is in season (including Organic Grapes, Melons, Grapefruit, etc.)Desserts/Treats:Dairy-free Dark Chocolate BarsKeto Ice CreamKIND BarsNatural PopsiclesRandom Bars (I always shoot for low sugar, and higher in fiber and protein, if possible)SmashMallowsSugar-free Lollipops (great for treats!)|
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