Pantry Basics

You need some pantry basics to go with your fresh produce.  It saves time, if you don’t need to do a shop run on the way home at the end of the day.  Here are some items I always try to keep on hand.

⭐️ Dry goods

These are the standby items which have a longer shelf life.  Store them out of direct sunlight & in closed containers.

Flour Rolled oats Pasta Rice Lentils & legumes Baking powder & baking soda

Raw honey

A neat pantry makes life so much easier!
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⭐️ Herbs & spices

I tend to stick to things that fit with the foods I like.  Me, I like baking & Italian flavours.  It may even change depending on the season, winter I do a lot of soups but more hearty salads in summer.  Even as I am experimenting with Metabolic Balance meals, I am finding my go to herbs & spices are changing.  At the moment I have rosemary, thyme, a bay tree in the garden & access to fresh ginger – so I don’t have these in the cupboard.

Ground cinnamon Nutmeg Oregano Ground turmeric Curry powder Fennel seeds Sea salt

Cracked black pepper

You may use more Mexican styled spices (THINK cayenne pepper, ground cumin or ground coriander) or even do a lot of Asian cooking (THINK curry leaves, star anise, five spice, cardamom or sesame seeds).  Bottom line – play to your strengths & remember – keep your herbs & spices fresh for the best flavour.

⭐️ Oils & Sauces

These can be handy to have but again play to your strengths on the type of foods you cook frequently.

Oils (extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil & some sesame oil) Vinegar (apple cider vinegar & balsamic)

If you do a lot of Asian style cooking you could add in soy & fish sauce.

⭐️ Don’t forget the fridge stuff

These items generally don’t have a long shelf life, so they probably be regular purchases if they are foods you eat.

Milk Eggs Greek yoghurt Cheese Nut butter

There are things that you always will be using & replacing – those are your staples.  Sometimes you will purchase other things as needed but sticking to your staples where possible to save time & money.

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Published by Shân

I am incredibly passionate about food and its healing power – it is pretty amazing how what you eat affects how your body works! In fact, I was so fascinated, I went & got myself a degree in it – a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine). Now in all honesty I don’t eat or live a perfect lifestyle, nor will I ever pretend I do. Realistically I know you won’t be perfect either. And that’s OK. As a Clinical Nutritionist I focus on what we eat and how this has an impact on our health and wellness – everyday.

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