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Stocking a Healthy Kitchen

Posted Sep 15 2011 3:52pm


While moving across the state involves a significant amount of blood, sweat, and maybe a few tears, there are some wonderful things about moving.  Our recent move has been all about new beginnings – new house, new job, new area (well I haven’t lived in the area for eleven years), and possibly most importantly: new kitchen.


Before moving we tried to limit the grocery shopping.  To be perfectly honest, instead of my initial plan of cooking at home and making whatever random concoctions I could with our existing food supply, I ended up living up the final weeks of living in San Luis Obispo by eating out.   A lot.  Either way, after arriving at our new home, our cupboards and fridge were significantly bare.


As I begin to rebuild my pantry I decided to share with you what I try to keep on-hand.  These ingredients allow me to both throw together last minute healthy meals as well as look at many recipes and think “I already have that”.


  • Whole grains: Quinoa, Brown Rice, Millet (whatever strikes your fancy)
  • Legumes: Chickpeas, Black Beans (canned and dried) and Lentils
  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Chia Seeds
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Whole Wheat or Corn Tortillas
  • Whole Wheat Bread (I like Alvarado Street Essential Flax Bread)
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Potatoes and Squash
  • Oatmeal
  • Spices of All Types (including but definitely not limited to): Cumin, Cinnamon, Basil, Oregano, Garam Masala, Red Pepper, Tumeric, Paprika
  • Organic, no added sugar Peanut Butter
  • Spicy salsa


With these ingredients at your fingertips you can quickly and easily prepare a simple meal.  Add roasted or raw veggies, tofu, chicken, turkey or fish to legumes or grains.  Top with a simple vinaigrette made from olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard.  Scramble some eggs with spinach and tomatoes, add black beans and pile atop a tortilla to enjoy breakfast for dinner.  Greek yogurt can be used in place of sour cream or as a topping on soup.  If you notice, most of the recipes on FBTL will include at least two of these items.  The combinations are endless.


What are you kitchen staple must-haves?

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