Stocking Your Healthy Pantry

Pantry

Creativity in the kitchen begins with a well stocked pantry.  Once you begin down the road to eating whole foods, you will be amazed at the variety of choices there are!   So much of the learning curve to improved nutrition is product knowledge.  One of my goals in teaching is to minimize how intimidating dietary changes can be for people. My cooking class guests get to see, smell, taste and touch ingredients that are new to them which makes the transition to shopping, cooking and eating more enjoyable.

Since you all can’t be in my kitchen with me, here is a list of staples I keep on hand to cook up nourishing meals at our house.

Whole Grains:

Any of these grains can also be made into freshly ground flour with the help of my NutriMill home flour mill.

Brown Rice (which includes short grain, long grain brown basmati, and sweet brown rice)

Barley

*Buckwheat or Kasha

*Bulgar Wheat

*Cous Cous

Millet

Oats (steel-cut or rolled)

*Quinoa

Wheat Berries

Wild Rice

Other whole grains that I have yet to explore;  Amaranth, Teff.

* quick cooking grains

Flour:

Freshly Ground Whole Wheat Flour

Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

Brown Rice Flour

Almond Meal

White Sorghum Flour

Corn Meal

Unbleached White Flour

Pasta:

Udon Noodles

Soba Noodles

any variety of small whole grain pasta for soups and salads

Quinoa Gluten Free Pasta

Legumes: I store the following assortment of dried beans and I keep a few canned beans on hand to whip out a quick meal when needed.  Alot of people shy away from the use of legumes because of their unpleasant side effects.  Taking care to cook them properly eliminates negative side effects and you get the health benefits that make them a sought after high quality source of protein.

Aduki Beans

Black Beans

Black Eyed Peas

Chick Peas or Garbanzo Beans

Great Norhtern Beans

Kidney Beans

*Lentils

Pinto Beans

*Split Peas

*do not require presoaking

Nuts and Seeds:  These add variety and nutrients to any meal, any time of day and are a welcome addition to desserts and snacks. 

Almonds

Cashews

Ground Flax Seeds

Pistachios

Pumpkin Seeds

Sesame Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

Walnuts 

Pecans

Nut Butters:

I like to have a variety of these on hand for flavoring soups, sauces and spreads;

Almond Butter

Cashew Butter

Peanut Butter

Sesame Butter

Concentrated Sweeteners:

Agave Nectar

Barley Malt

Brown Rice Syrup

Coconut Sugar

Honey

Maple Syrup

Molasses

Sucunat

Sea Vegetables:

No other foods offer such a rich supply of minerals… in our pantry I have..

Agar

Arame

Dulse

Kombu

Nori

Wakame

Baking Supplies:

non-aluminum baking powder

baking soda

natural vanilla

spices

cocoa powder

chocolate chips

Miscellaneous:

Assorted dried herbs and spices

Assorted dried fruits – without sulphur dioxide

Sun dried tomatoes

Extra Virgin olive Oil

Grapeseed Oil

Toasted Sesame Oil

Coconut oil

Arrowroot powder, a natural thickening agent

Apple Cider Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar, red and white

Red Wine Vinegar

White Cooking Wine

Brown Rice Vinegar

Rice Milk

Almond Milk

Coconut Milk

Kuzu, a medicinal root soothing to the stomach in powder form.

Mirin

Miso

Sea Salt

Soy Sauce

Red Curry Paste

Organic Chicken Stock

Not Chicken Stock by Imagine

Tomato Sauce, a few cans on hand for soup ingredients

Tomato Paste

Repunzel Vegetable bullion

and I forgot to include…a few boxes of Rye Crisp crackers for a quick snack 🙂

This list pretty much sums up what is in my dry goods pantry.  I hope I didn’t forget anything.  And just as I wrote that I remembered what I forgot!  For more information on contacting resources for quality whole foods  please refer to the Resources tab on this blog and checkout the Shopping Guide for Organic and  Natural Foods.

Feel free to inquire or comment,

Amy

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