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75 Things In My Pantry

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My fridge might often be bare, but the pantry is usually lit.

For my pantry food items, I’ll either get a few essential items on a weekly basis or get them in bulk. It really just depends on whether or not I have the time/resources to get what I need in large quantities. Additionally, my kitchen isn’t massively large, so I need to take note of space.

What I love most about my pantry items is that their long expiration date helps with reducing food waste and keeps my meals interesting. Also, did you know that you make complete meals from just pantry items? It’s something I do often.

Although fresh vegetables and fruits should be a part of your regular meals, sometimes life happens and you gotta make do with what you have. There’s nothing wrong with pantry and frozen food items that can both keep your family healthy + keep food costs down.

A lot of these foods can be found at your typical grocery store. However, you can also find these items online at sites like Amazon.

Note: not all of the linked products go-to brands I personally buy. I usually shop at Trader Joe’s, farmers’ markets and various random stores that I know have cheaper items than others for particular products. I am just showing you the products that can be purchased online if you can’t find them offline.

Alright, let’s get to my list!

The Canned Things

  1. Tomato Sauce
  2. Tomato Paste
  3. Diced Tomatoes
  4. Crushed Tomatoes
  5. Pasta Sauce
  6. Pinto Beans
  7. Garbanzo Beans
  8. Black Beans
  9. Pink Beans
  10. Red Kidney Beans
  11. White Cannellini Beans
  12. Coconut Milk
  13. Olives
  14. Corn

Recipes From Canned Things

There’s so much you can do with canned food items like beans and crushed tomatoes. That includes soups, stews, homemade pasta sauces, or curry dishes. Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Puerto Rican Bean Stew
  2. Easy Plant-Based Chili
  3. Tomato-Based Stew  

The Seasoning Things

15- Salt

16- Black Pepper

17- Sazon Complete Mix Seasoning

18- Sazon Goya

19- Chili Powder

20- Goya Adobo

21- Pumpkin Pie Spice

22- Ground Cinnamon

23- Ground Cumin

24- Ground Ginger

25- Mushroom Umami Seasoning Blend

26- Red Pepper

27- Red Chili Pepper

28- Basil Leaves

29- Curry Powder

30- Paprika

31- Garlic Powder

32- Ground Turmeric

33- Ground Mustard Seed

34- 21 Seasoning Salute

35- Bay Leaves

36- Freeze-Dried Chives

37- Pure Vanilla Extract

Recipe From Seasoning Things

Fresh herbs and seasonings are great, but so are the pantry stuff. They’re great for when you need to whip something quickly or don’t want to be bothered by strict expiration dates. Here are some of my favorite dishes using pantry seasonings:

  1. Simple Tofu Nugget
  2. Vegan White Cheese Sauce
  3. Vegan Mushroom Gravy

The Nutty Things

38- Cashews

39- Almonds

40- Walnuts

41- Peanut Butter

42- Almond Butter

Recipes From Nutty Things

Need healthy, plant-based fats that don’t cost an arm and a leg? Get nuts! Sure, you can maybe do a peanut butter sandwich, but here are some of the interesting ways I use my pantry nuts:

  1. Banana Bread
  2. Salted Peanut Butter + Honey Oat Bran
  3. Peanut Butter Pancakes

The Grains Things

43- Brown Rice

44- White Rice

45- Oat Bran

46- Rolled Oats

47- Whole wheat pasta

48- Oat flour

49- Toasted Oats Cereal

Recipes From Grains Things

These food items are used on a daily basis at the Plant-Based and Broke household. By the way, that oat flour is homemade. I’ll drop the recipe below along with some other ideas to use grains:

  1. How To Make Homemade Oat Flour
  2. Flatbread Pizza
  3. Plant-Based Protein Plate

The Produce Things

50- Russet Potatoes

51- Sweet Potatoes
52- Red Potatoes

Recipes With Produce Things

Gosh, I love potatoes. All the colors. All the sizes. All the textures. They can keep well in my pantry for over a month and they are great in so many dishes. Here’s how I use them:

  1. Baked Potato Wedges
  2. Thai-Style Curry
  3. Gluten-Free Flatbread

The Tea Things

53- Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea

54- Chai Tea

55- Chamomile Anise Tea

56- Cinnamon Tea

The Dry Things

57- Black beans

58- Green Lentils

59- Red Split Lentils

60- Green Split Peas

61- Brown Lentils

Recipes With Dry Things

Although the canned stuff can be great for when I am in a hurry, I do have some dry legumes as well. I normally stick to lentils because it’s my favorite legume, but they can be used in a variety of ways:

  1. Lentil Meatballs
  2. Lentil Burgers
  3. Lentil Stew

The Sweet Things

62- Honey

63- Brown Sugar

Recipes With Sweet Things

Although plant-based sweeteners like dates can be a healthier option to sweeten your food (which I also have), I do sometimes use honey and brown sugar. But, I don’t use them regularly or often. They are considered treats. Here’s some of the way I used them:

  1. Yogurt With Berries & Honey
  2. Peanut Butter Plant-Based Cookies
  3. Berries And Oat Bran Bowl

The Unnecessary Junk Things

64- Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil

65- Tortilla Chips

66- Hot Sauce

67- Greek Extra Virgin Olive OIl

68- Canola Oil

The Unnecessary Junk Things Recipes

These things can literally last us a  year at our home – that’s how little we use them. However, we still have them around for special treats or when we have guests over who prefer something with a little more fried oomf in them. Here are some ways they can be lightly used:

  1. Veggie Burgers With Cannellini Beans
  2. Plant-Based Picadillo Recipe With Tempeh
  3. Lentil Burgers

Other Random Things

69- Nutritional Yeast

70- Chia Seeds

71- Low Sodium Soy Sauce

72- Coffee

73- Baking Powder
74- White Flour

75- Pancake Mix

Probably the most important things on this list that we use on a daily basis are the nutritional yeast, chia seeds, and coffee. Here are some of our favorite ways to use these listed items:

Other Random Things Recipes

  1. Tofu Nugget Recipe
  2. Breakfast Toast With Mushrooms
  3. Mushroom Gravy

Love Your Pantry Foods

Don’t stray away from pantry foods! Don’t let the internet tell you that pantry foods aren’t good enough to have at your home.

On the contrary, they are great foods that can really benefit your family’s wallet, health, and happiness. There’s definitely a lot of ways you can use these foods and you can create an entire meal just on pantry food items if you’re creative enough.

Personally, I shop mostly at Trader Joe’s for my pantry items. When I have the time, I do go to Costco too.

However, you can also find pantry items at stores like Walmart and the Dollar Store. Some of the pretty good pantry items you can find at the Dollar Store include seasonings, oats, and dry legumes.

Storing Your Food

If you’re not sure what is the best way to store your foods – whether that’s pantry items, foods in the freezer, or things you keep around on your kitchen table, take a peek at Save The Food’s site on how to store food. It’s pretty in-depth and has a lot of important information.

For example, you can search by food types, like fruits, vegetables, and pantry items. Additionally, it’ll tell you the different ways those foods need to be stored, whether they are canned or dry.

Read more about how to store your food.

Need Food But Can’t Afford It?

Visit your local food pantry. You can often find them at churches, community centers, or schools. Additionally, you can find your local food pantry by zip code or state by using Feeding America’s food bank finder.

It’s a very useful tool and it even provides information if you’re interested in volunteering at your local food bank.

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    Sahil Saini

    Thank you for sharing the ‘save the food’ website tool. I often don’t know how to properly save varieties of food. This is really useful!!!

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