Five Pantry Staples to Keep on Hand

Ciao ciao.

This post provides a quick rundown of the pantry staples that I generally like to have on hand. When I actively transitioned away from eating processed foods, I immediately noticed that I did not retrieve ingredients from my pantry as often. For the most part, I try to eat fresh foods. This means that I bulk of the ingredients that I use in my meals throughout the week are being stored in the fridge, freezer, or simply on the countertop. When Despite using fresh meats and produce for most of my meals, there are some key jarred and canned ingredients that I like to have on hand at all times. On to the pantry staples! 

Organic Jarred Tomato Sauce

Muir Glen Organics Tomato Sauce
Muir Glen Organics Tomato Sauce

It’s nice to make your own from scratch but sometimes you simply don’t have the time. This stuff is also great in a pinch as it can easily be used on top of some zoodles or simmered with meat or fish. Just be sure to find a good brand with clean ingredients. This brand is great but a little pricey so I usually get a few jars when it’s on sale. I always look for brands with no sugar added. I believe that TJs has a few.

Grass-Fed Collagen

Great Lakes Collagen Gelatin
Great Lakes Collagen Gelatin

If you haven’t used collagen, I highly recommend it. It’s great for your skin, nails, and hair and joints. I love throwing a tablespoon in my smoothies.


Canned Fish

Trader Joe's canned Alaskan Salmon
Trader Joe’s canned Alaskan Salmon

I generally have canned tuna and salmon on deck in case of emergencies / lazy evenings. When I’m just not interested in making something more elaborate, I often throw some canned fish into a bowl with some veggies, spices, and olive oil and call it a day. There are a lot of other kinds of canned fish to explore. I’ve also grown to love smoked kippers and sardines.


Meat and Veggie Broths

organic broths
Organic chicken and veggie broth

Broths are a great way to add flavor to simple dishes. If we were all Ina Garden (#goals) then we would make our broths from scratch. But since most of us don’t live lives as fabulous as the Contessa, we must resort to store-bought varieties. I generally look for organic brands that don’t have added sugar. I highly recommend this mushroom broth, which adds some lovely umami undertones to soups and veggies.


Coconut Cream

savoy coconut cream
savoy coconut cream from my local Asian grocer

As someone who doesn’t eat a ton of dairy, coconut cream is my savior. I primarily use it to add creaminess to curry dishes and texture/body to my smoothies. I’ve also been known to simmer some frozen fruit in coconut cream for a nice warm healthy dessert. The possibilities are endless.

Is there anything that you would add to this list? What are some of your pantry staples? 

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