A well-stocked pantry is an important part of any functioning kitchen. Having the right staples available allows you to be more creative and more flexible with your meal plans. Learning what to stock up on and what to keep out of your pantry is a good start for healthy home cooking. The ♥ symbol indicates especially heart healthy items.
Herbs and spices
Basil (dried), bay leaves, celery salt, chili powder, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, dill (dried), garlic powder, ginger, marjoram, nutmeg, onion powder (dried), oregano (dried), paprika, parsley (dried), pepper (black), peppercorns, red pepper flakes, rosemary (dried), sage (dried), salt, sea salt, tarragon (dried), thyme (dried), turmeric.
Oils, condiments and flavorings
♥ Olive oil (extra virgin), canola oil, mayonnaise (low-cal), salad dressings (low-cal), balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, white vinegar, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, Teriyaki sauce, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Hoisin sauce, salsa, mustard, ketchup, relish, capers, olives, almond extract, vanilla extract, maple syrup, jam (low sugar), marmalade (low sugar).
Grains, legumes and nuts
Pasta (whole-grain), soba noodles, rice noodles, ♥ rice (brown), rice (Basmati), rice (Arborio), quinoa, ♥ oats, couscous, lentils (dried), beans (dried, mixed), beans (canned, mixed), beans (canned low sodium), ♥ walnuts (unsalted), ♥ almonds (unsalted), ♥ soy nuts (unsalted), water chestnuts.
Cereals, crackers, cookies and miscellaneous
♥ Oatmeal (steel cut), ♥ oat bran, all-bran, cereals (whole-grain), crackers (low sodium), chips (baked, low sodium), pretzels (unsalted), popcorn (air-popped), gingersnaps, vanilla wafers, jello (low sugar), soups (low sodium, low-fat), peanut butter, coffee, tea, herb teas.
Baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch, yeast, salt (iodized), salt (sea salt), butter, canola oil, olive oil, soybean oil, sugar (granulated), sugar (brown), sugar (powdered), honey, molasses, flour (unbleached), whole-wheat flour, rolled oats, eggs (organic), milk (low-fat), vanilla bean, almond extract, chocolate chips, sprinkles, nuts.
Fruits and vegetables
Artichoke hearts, ♥ beets (red and golden), ♥ bell peppers, ♥ carrots, ♥ garlic, mushrooms, ♥ onions (yellow), ♥ tomatoes, tomatoes (sun-dried), tomatoes (canned), tomato paste, tomato juice, apple sauce, dried fruits, lemon juice, lime juice, ♥ fresh fruit (seasonal), fruit (frozen or canned).