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Creating a well stocked and organized pantry takes the scramble out of preparing delicious wholesome meals.  Eating well isn't as difficult when you've got all the staples on hand.  Sometimes just the thought of taking on another task can seem overwhelming, but just think how refreshing it would be to have one more thing on your mind completed.   Sometimes all we need is the motivation of another to accomplish anything.   Here is a list of basics to help you get started. 
 

Keep these items on hand and the meal options become endless!

NON-PERISHABLE DRY GOODS

Arrowroot or Corn Starch
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Breadcrumbs (Keeps fresher in the freezer)
Cocoa Powder
Croutons (Keep in freezer)
Flour (Whole Wheat and Whole Wheat pastry)
Honey
Maple Syrup
Sugar

Beans, Canned or Jarred (an easy protein!)

Select your favorite from the following:
Black Beans
Chickpeas (garbanzos)
White Beans (cannellini)
Red Kidney Beans

Beans, Dried

Black beans
Navy Beans
Red Kidney
White Beans
Brown and Red Lentils
Split Peas

Chilies

Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

Grains

Bulgur
Couscous (Actually a tiny pasta made from Semolina flour--try the Whole Wheat version, too!)
Rice (Brown, aromatic Basmati, short grain Arborio)
Quinoa
Wild Rice

Herbs & Spices

Unrefined Sea Salt and Kosher (coarse) Salt
Whole Peppercorns
A selection of herbs and spices you use the most (Try cumin, thyme, oregano, paprika)
Nutritional Yeast
Braggs All Purpose Seasoning
Tamari Soy Sauce

Nut Butters (Best to refrigerate after opening!)

Peanut
Almond
Pumpkinseed

Oils 

Extra-virgin Olive Oil
High Heat Oil (Such as Sunflower Seed or Canola Oil)
Sesame Oil
Grape Seed Oil
Toasted Sesame Oil for flavoring (Keep refrigerated)

Pastas and Noodles

Keep a good supply of different sizes and shapes, and be sure to try Whole Wheat varieties:
Brown Rice *
Wild Rice *
Soy *
Kamut *
Soba
* Choose these if you are want to avoid wheat

Tomato Products, Canned
Tomato Paste, Diced Tomatoes
Crushed or Pureed Tomatoes
Tomato Sauce

Vinegars

Balsamic Vinegar
Red Wine Vinegar
White Wine Vinegar
Brown Rice Vinegar

Tinned Fish

Tuna (Water Packed)
Salmon (Wild Salmon is best)

CONDIMENTS, BROTHS AND SAUCES

Barbecue Sauce
Capers (Refrigerate after opening)
Pasta Sauce
Pizza Sauce
Stir-fry Sauce
Salad Dressings
Salsa
Roasted Red Peppers in Olive Oil
Chicken and Vegetable Broth (Good quality boullion powder is very handy!)
 
PANTRY VEGETABLES

Garlic
Onions
Potatoes, white and red
Yams, garnet and jewels

REFRIGERATOR STAPLES

Butter
Cheeses
Parmesan Cheese
Eggs
Ketchup
Lemons & Limes
Mayonnaise
Milk
Mustard (Dijon for punch, plus a grainy mustard for texture)
Tofu (Including silken, firm and extra firm)
Yogurts
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in season
Jars of sun-dried tomatoes or antipasto
Fresh Ginger

FREEZER STAPLES
Pastas
Pita Bread
Pizza Crusts or dough
Filo Pastry
Tortillas, corn and flour
Burgers, veggie and/or meat
Frozen Dinners
Shelled nuts, pecan, cashews, almonds, walnuts, pumpkinseeds

FROZEN VEGETABLES
Corn kernels
Green beans
Green peas
Chopped Spinach
Edamame
Cauliflower

FROZEN FRUIT

Mixed Berries
Strawberries
Blueberries
Bananas (Freeze your own!)