The Basics: A Well Stocked Kitchen

A couple of weeks ago I was caught unprepared at lunch time. Fortunately, my pantry came to the rescue, which led to me thinking about the benefits of keeping it well stocked. But what does well stocked mean and what does it include?

These are the types of things I keep in my pantry:

  • Canned fish – salmon, sardines, tuna
  • Shredded unsweetened coconut and cans of coconut milk
  • Oils – olive, coconut, roasted sesame, avocado, extra virgin olive oil
  • Vinegar – white wine, red wine, rice wine, apple cider, balsamic
  • Tomatoes – boxed whole or diced, paste, fire roasted
  • Artichoke hearts in water
  • Olives
  • Hot sauce
  • Herbs, Spices, & Seasoning Mixes (I consistently use: dill, cumin, oregano, crushed red pepper, Penzey’s Fajita Seasoning, Simply Organic Steak Grilling Seasoning, & Simply Organic Vegetable Grilling Seasoning)

In the refrigerator:

  • mustard – yellow, stone ground, Dijon
  • BBQ sauce – I don’t eat this but my son does
  • salsa – red & verde
  • homemade mayo
  • curry paste – green & red (Thai Kitchen is clean & Whole30 safe)
  • sundried tomatoes
  • capers
  • pickled jalapeños
  • Red Boat Fish Sauce
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Almond Butter

In the freezer:

  • one whole chicken
  • 1lb of ground beef or turkey
  • vegetables – cauliflower, broccoli, green beans (because this is what I eat; the point here is to have veggies you like that you can grab)
  • bone broth
  • nuts – usually walnuts and pecans because they don’t get eaten as quickly as the cashews (I keep them in the freezer because nuts go rancid over time)

Obviously, there is a lot of leeway in this list. This is just what I use and what I like. I can get very specific about the quality of each (yellow fin tuna due to sustainability & toxicity, as much as possible ingredients devoid of sugar, etc), but this is meant to be an outline, not a directive.

The whole point of a well stocked pantry, fridge, and freezer is preparedness. If you have this to fall back on, you’ll always be empowered to make the choices that keep you on the path to the life you want.