Tuesday Ten: My Pantry Staples

Since seeing fresh food go to waste is one of my pet peeves, I tend to grocery shop every other day. I plan my menus out in advance, and shop for ingredients based on what I am going to make for the next few meals. But no matter what I have on tomorrow’s menu, I keep my cupboard stocked with a selection of pantry staples that are perfect for putting together almost any meal in a pinch. These 10 items are flavorful, versatile, and most importantly, won’t spoil. As long as I have these ingredients on hand, I know that I can whip up a tasty and nutritious spread any day of the week. Here’s a look at my pantry staples:
Tuesday Ten: My Pantry Staples

  1. Quinoa is the healthiest and most versatile grain to have in your cupboard. It is the only grain that offers a complete protein, and works just as well in a sweet breakfast dish as it does a savory side.
  2. Canned tomatoes are packed with just as many nutrients as fresh ones, and even better, they require no peeling, seeding or chopping. I use canned tomatoes often as the base for a quick sauce, served over pasta, chicken, or fish.
  3. Canned artichoke hearts are my go-to for a gourmet meal on the fly. Combine this pantry staple with mushrooms, and then simmer in white wine and chicken stock. Serve over chicken or pasta.
  4. Frozen chicken breasts aren’t a “pantry” staple per say, but they’re another food I always have on hand. They’re a perfect lean protein and last in your freezer as long as you need them to.
  5. Angel hair pasta makes a great quick dish any night of the week. I use whole-wheat pasta as it’s a healthier alternative. Toss with shrimp (fresh or frozen), olive, oil and garlic, and there you have it— a delicious and complete meal.
  6. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar are essential ingredients for any kitchen. Combined, they make the perfect base to dress almost any salad. And alone, olive oil is my go-to oil for flavorful cooking.
  7. Rolled oats are a definite staple in my home. From overnight oats to baking, I use them on a weekly basis.
  8. Canned beans are a great vegetarian source of protein. I prefer cannellini beans since they can be used in soups, salads, or sautéed with greens for a quick and easy meal. Depending on your personal preference though, chickpeas and black beans are other great options.
  9. Canned green chilies are the perfect way to spice up sauces, dips, chilies, and chicken dishes. If you can stand the heat, they’re the perfect way to punch up a bland recipe.
  10. Canned light tuna has over 21g of protein per can and is rich in healthy amino acids. There’s a reason it was a staple in your lunchbox growing up!

What staple ingredients do you always have in your cupboard?

XO Lauren

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  • Monica_in_Heels

    I have a lot of the same.. canned tuna, beans, oats and actually a lot of egg whites!!!


  • Sarah Heckle

    My husband and I keep many of these on-hand in our own pantry. And we almost always eat frozen chicken breasts — we can never seem to get to the fresh ones before they turn!
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  • Caseyslife365

    10 pantry staples hmmm good idea for a post, I know one of mine is definitely peanut butter!

  • Hannah Johnson

    Frozen chicken is definitely one of my staples, I also like to keep bananas on hand, lettuce/spinach for salads. Right now I’m addicted to pits chips and hummus. And of course I could never forget salsa and avacados :)

  • suzanne

    I love this kinds of tips! I love learning more about food, recipe’s and other fun tips :)
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  • darcyylynn

    I ALWAYS have to have quinoa in my pantry! I can throw together any dish with it, I feel like. Just the other day I didn’t know what to make and threw together some quinoa with roasted veggies. It’s perfect to have on hand! I also always have to have hummus with some vegetables available for a snack :)


  • Deanne Castro

    Definitely need all of these items in mt fridge/pantry!

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  • Ella Gillespie

    Cheers Lauren!!
    You’ve just given me so many ideas on my dinners for one this week :)

  • Rachel

    Almost all of these are staples in my pantry! Check out my recipe for a quick & simple Quinoa Salad with brussels sprouts, spinach and cranberries


  • Kay

    I’m sorry, but so much of my research to lead a healthy, toxin-free (as much as you can anyway) lifestyle reports that canned tomatoes is probably the WORST thing you can actually have in your pantry. The acidity of the tomatoes, over time, can draw out toxins from the metal can. Please buy your canned tomatoes in a glass jar!

  • Paulina Mo

    I agree with the chicken!! One of my staples is seasoning :)

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  • Flor Garcia

    love quinoa, oats and olive oil & vinegar!


  • Deana Toussi

    I always keep quinoa and frozen chicken stocked. Another thing I always have on hand are black beans – just like any other legume, they’re packed with protein and can easily be sprinkled on a salad or other dish you’re turning southwestern. I also love having dried fruit in my pantry – doesn’t go bad as fast as fresh and can also be incorporated into meals, I even cook dried apricots with my quinoa sometimes.

  • Kristen Moreno

    this all looks so yummy :)

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  • Zoe g. Bullard

    My staples include olive oil, oats, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, frozen chicken and shrimp, broccoli, garlic, and Greek yogurt. There are so many ways to jazz up a simple meal with these ingredients!


  • Mrs.Shea09

    Great suggestions! Just be careful to read the labels of the canned tomatoes and beans, a lot of them have high fructose corn syrup listed in the ingredients! :)

  • stephaniesstyle

    LOL, right now, i dont have any of these things in my pantry!
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com)

  • Rachel Grosset

    I love artichoke hearts!

  • Ashley

    I have all of these foods too! haha http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

  • NidLid

    I have everything except for the tuna and artichoke hearts!

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  • Ashley Vining

    Love seeing some vegetarian options. It’s hard to be healthy when you’re so tempted to replace meat with simple carbs and starches.

  • Sofia Alleyne
  • Kelly

    These are great, I am dying to try Quinoa, thanks!

  • BridgetKH

    Apples! They last forever and are so versatile. Chop and add to oatmeal (especially Steel Cut as it’s simmering while you do your makeup), eat as an afternoon snack with some peanut butter to prep for a workout, STUFF an empty core with ROLLED OATS (see Lauren’s list!), cinnamon, raisins, a little juice or water and a pinch of brown sugar or maple syrup and zap in the microwave for a few minutes in a dish. A healthy apple pie-esque treat perfect for those nighttime sweats cravings.

  • Albert Peter

    Great ideas

    I really admire your post..

  • Kimberly Paz

    I was thinking this too!

  • cynthia contreras

    Love tuna and pasta, can eat it everyday :0) xoxo



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