The best way to ensure healthy, wholesome eating is to keep a well-stocked pantry and a stocked refrigerator too! So today I’m showing you How to Stock Your Pantry and Refrigerator for Clean Eating.
I hope you had an amazing weekend. The weather broke and we got some beautiful sunshine and warmer temperatures. Cue the snow melt! It felt so good to be outside.
I’ve been meaning to share this post with you guys for a while, but I have to admit it took some courage (and a lot of cleaning) for me to give you a glance inside my refrigerator (Gasp!). I can’t promise it always looks this organized.
It’s no secret that healthy eating starts with the foods you buy and today’s post is dedicated to stocking the pantry and refrigerator so that healthy eating is easy! I tend to gravitate toward take out if healthy options aren’t readily available at home. Even though takeout can be amazing (hello, no dishes!) it’s often less healthy and more expensive than eating at home.
I usually try to keep grocery shopping to a 1x per week trip. Sometimes this means a small trip mid-week to replenish fruits and vegetables or to pick up something I forgot. The grocery store is no fun after work, so I try to make the rounds on Saturday mornings. I love Trader Joe’s but TJ’s doesn’t always have everything (read: almost never), so I usually make a trip to Whole Foods for meats and then infill at my nearby store for anything I still need.
Personally, I love looking inside other people’s refrigerators and I hope you do too.
Let’s talk pantry first. The pantry is full of shelf stable products like canned goods, vinegars, and grains, etc. I try to stock up when I notice I’m running low or there is a sale. I almost always have this stuff on hand.
Canned Goods- I have a ton of canned goods right now, especially because it’s soup season!
- Chicken Broth
- Canned Tomatoes (diced, crushed, sauce, paste)
- Beans and Vegetables (chickpeas, black beans, cannellini beans, corn, artichokes)
- Marinara Sauce
- Chipotles in Adobo Sauce
- Sundried Tomatoes, Olives, and Capers
- Light Coconut Milk
- Apricot Jam (hello, cheese platters)
- Breadcrumbs (original, Italian, and panko)
Shelf Stable Items
- Maple Syrup
- Nut Butters (peanut butter and almond butter)
- Hot Sauces and Buffalo Sauce
- Soy Sauce
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Sriracha and Sambal Oelek
- Vinegars (white, apple cider, balsamic, red wine, rice wine)
- Oils (olive oil, grapeseed oil, canola oil, sesame oil, coconut oil)
Grains and Pastas- I just switched to mason jars for storage and I’m loving this technique.
- Oats (rolled, quick, and steel-cut)
- Rices (basmati, brown rice, wild rice)
- Grains (faro, bulgur, and wheat berries)
- Pasta (usually penne, spaghetti and orzo)
- Flour (all purpose, whole wheat, white wheat, bread flour)
- Sugar (brown sugar, white sugar)
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Kosher Salt
- Vanilla and Almond Extracts
- Cocoa Powder
Spices- My collection is too large to name them all but here is a list of the ones I use the most
- Garlic Powder
- Garlic Salt
- Onion Powder
- Italian blend
- Chili Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
- Red Pepper Flakes
Counter Items- These vegetables sit in a large bowl (often overflowing) on our island. Once the avocados reach peak ripeness, they go into the refrigerator. Did you know that they store longer in there? I just recently learned this trick and I’m so happy to know they’re always perfect.
- Butternut Squash
Refrigerator Staples- It’s just the two of us, but sometimes it is hard to get everything to fit!
- Greek Yogurt
- Sour Cream
- Cheeses (parmesan, cheddar, feta, and goat)
- Berries (blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries depending on the season)
- Citrus (lemons, limes, oranges, blood oranges)
- Bell Peppers
- Brussels Sprouts
- Green Onions
- Mixed Greens and/or Arugula
- Chicken Breasts
- Ground Beef or Turkey
- Cured Meats
- Almond Butter and Almond Milk (Smoothies)
- Olives, Capers, and Pickles
- Yeast for bread and pizza dough
That’s it! This list includes most of my pantry staples and items you’ll often find in my refrigerator. There’s always enough food to pull together a meal really fast…think these crispy fried egg breakfast tacos, these harissa baked eggs, or a just blend a smoothie!
I hope these pantry and refrigerator staples guide you to make good, delicious, easy meal choices. We’ll save the freezer staples for next time and in the meantime, send organization tips if you have any!