Note that since going Paleo, the contents of my fridge and pantry has changed some, but I decided to leave these posts intact for the time being. Just imagine that all the grains, pseudo-grains, legumes and dairy products have now disappeared!
I’ve been asked many times now about the contents of my pantry and fridge… I figured it was about time I opened them up to you guys. And I really mean, open them up!
I’ve made an extensive list of every item that you would be most likely to find if you came to my place and opened the cupboards at ANY GIVEN TIME.
Of course, there are other items that I haven’t listed here… if I’d included every item that I buy on a more occasional basis, this post would just never end.
Even now, I’ve decided to split it into 2 and possibly even 3 different posts. Tonight, I give you the contents of my cupboards only; all the non perishable items.
Next time, I’ll cover the fridge and possibly freezer.
Now, I would’ve loved to make this post all fancy shmancy with nice colors and patterns and pretty fonts, but unfortunately, I have no idea how to do that… maybe some day I can edit this page and make it more pleasing to the eye, but for now, I’m afraid this is the best I can do.
So here goes, without further ado, I give you the most intimate tour of my pantry anyone has ever had!
And by all means, if you have questions or comments, I would be more than happy to hear them!
NUTS AND SEEDS
I like to keep a wide variety on hand at all times to use in various dishes as well as to make nut butters! I strongly recommend that you purchase these in bulk, this will save you tons of money. I get most of mine at Costco and go to various “Bulk Food Stores” for those that I can’t find there.
Of course, you want to buy the raw, unsalted variety.
- Almonds (whole and sliced) *I grind my own almond flour or meal from sliced almonds
- Brazil nuts
- Hemp seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
WHEY PROTEIN POWDER
There are so many different protein powders out there, it’s hard to decide which one to go with. Make sure you select the purest, cleanest protein powder you can find. Read the labels carefully and look for one that has no artificial flavors or sweeteners added. I myself have been using Ergogenics’ New Zealand Whey exclusively for over 6 months now and couldn’t be happier with it.
- Vanilla Flavored (sweetened with stevia)
- Plain - Unflavored
Of course, all of my nut butters are home made and entirely natural. I like to keep at least these varieties on hand. Sometimes, I also mix a few different kinds of nuts to create delicious combinations.
Home Made Peanut Butter
At a minimum, I keep these varieties, but legumes never go bad, so feel free to stock up on them! And by all means, cook your own! Once you’ve gotten used to doing that, you’ll never want to go back to canned! All it takes is a little planning ahead. And whenever I cook legumes, I always make some extra, that way I get to use them in all sorts of dishes, some of which might even surprise you…
- Kidney Beans
- Lentils (du Puy, Brown and Red varieties)
- Navy Beans
Oven Roasted Chickpeas
GRAINS – PSEUDO GRAINS – SEEDS – FLOURS
These are all seeds (that’s right, seeds, NOT grains) that I like to use in my grain free recipes. All of these can be used whole or ground in a coffee grinder or food processor to be turned into flour or meal.
- Black Chia Seeds
- Buckwheat Groats
- Flax Seeds (this one is used mostly to make flaxseed meal)
- Kasha (that’s toasted buckwheat groats)
Grain Free Granola
RICE AND OTHER WHOLE GRAINS
I’ve really cut down on grains consumption, but I still do enjoy them from time to time. These are the ones that I like to keep handy, for when I get a sudden urge!
- Brown Basmati Rice
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats and / or Steel Cut Oats
- Wheat Berries
- Wild Rice
Because, well, you can’t bake without flour, can you?
Whole Grain Flours
- Spelt Flour (that one is by far my favorite to work with)
- Whole Wheat Bread Flour
- Almond flour *(I always grind this one from sliced almonds when I need it – I use my food processor or coffee grinder)
- Buckwheat Flour (my favorite non-grain flour!)
- Chickpea Flour
- Coconut Flour
- Quinoa Flour
For those nights when I just gotta have ‘em. Better be prepared. Plus, they can be a real life saver, sometimes!
- Whole wheat / whole grain pasta (I tend to keep 2-3 different shapes including long and short varieties)
- Soba Noodles
This is something that I try and keep at a real minimum, but some products are just hard to find in a different container. Here are the few that you can be certain to find in my cupboards at any given time!
- Coconut Cream (I currently use Savoy)
- Coconut Water (I generally use Blue Monkey)
- Organic Diced Tomatoes (I generally use Eden Organic)
- Pumpkin Puree (NOT pie filling! Make sure you get pure pumpkin puree!)
- Tomato Paste
- Coconut Oil
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Toasted Sesame Oil
- Balsamic Vinegar (both White and Red varieties)
- Cider Vinegar
- Sherry Vinegar
- Rice Vinegar
- White Wine Vinegar
- Black peppercorns
- Cayenne Pepper
- Dried Basil
- Dried Oregano
- Dried Thyme
- Himalayan Salt
- Hot Pepper Flakes
- No Salt Organic Seasoning
- Smoked Paprika
I keep these on my window sill, so I always have fresh herbs on hand…
BAKING SUPPLIES AND SWEETENERS
Here’s another thing that I recommend you buy in bulk to save tons of money. Again, Costco is a good source for some of them, but make sure you read the label and don’t get the ones with added sugar or preservatives! Most “Bulk Food Stores” offer a good selection of all natural, unsweetened dried fruit.
- Dates (I like to keep a few different varieties)
- Dried Apricots
- Dried Cranberries (naturally sweetened with apple juice or unsweetened)
- Dried Plums
- Raisins (I like to use Thompson)
- Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (fine shreds and large shavings)
One thing that you will never ever see me use is refined sugar. These are the ONLY sweeteners that I use and I try to use as little as possible when I do call upon them. Wondering what vanilla and almond extract are doing here? Well, they really help create an illusion of sweetness, you would be very surprised! I use them in my smoothies all the time. Oh, and cinnamon is very good for that, too… just sayin’!
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Liquid Honey – Unpasteurized
- Pure Maple Syrup – Medium Grade
- Pure Almond Extract
- Pure Vanilla Extract (I make my own at home, it’s so much better!)
- Unsweetened Apple Juice (choose one that is all natural with no sugar added)
- Unsweetened Applesauce (I use home made when I can)
Home Made Pure Vanilla Extract
These add TONS of flavor and really help create the illusion of sweetness, too! Don’t be afraid to use them…
- Ground Cinnamon
- Ground Clove
- Whole Nutmeg
- Baking Powder*
- Baking Soda
- Cream of Tartar
- Guar Gum
*Did you know that baking powder contains corn starch? Make your own grain free version using one part baking soda, two parts cream of tartar and two parts arrowroot.
Oh yeah! It does deserve its own category!
- 85% Dark Chocolate (mostly used as occasional treat, my favorite, what can I say?)
- Cacao Nibs
- Carob Powder (technically not chocolate, but just as good if you ask me!)
- Cocoa Powder (I use Cacao Barry Extra Brute)
Caramelized Pear, Chocolate and Goat Cheese Smoothie
So here you are,guys…
I think that’s it for pantry! Phew… Hope you liked!
Next, I’ll tackle the fridge…
Just give me a couple of days, alright?