What’s In Your Pantry?
Keeping some basic foods in your pantry will save you money and time.

I am going to tell you my secret: I don’t like going to the grocery store! So I try to get everything I need in one trip per week. That means I have to buy food for seven days worth of meals. I usually start running low on food by about day 5. That’s when I go to my pantry to find food to fix a meal.

Keeping some foods in your kitchen pantry helps save time and money. You can buy canned goods when they are on sale and store them for later use. When you need a quick dinner, you can just go to the pantry and grab something. Then you won’t have to go out when your kids are hungry and crabby.

Pantry Checklist

Here is what my pantry list looks like. Yours might be different. I don’t buy all of this food each week. That would be too expensive. I do try to keep food items on-hand for quick meals. When I use something, I buy it the next week or when it is on sale.

Protein Foods
  • Beans (I usually have a can of baked beans, black beans, and navy beans on hand)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
Vegetables and Fruits
  • A couple of cans of vegetables like peas, corn and sweet potatoes
  • A couple of cans of fruit like peaches and pears
  • Applesauce
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Whole Canned Tomatoes
  • Tomato Paste
Breads and Cereals
  • "Jiffy" Cornbread mix (these are easy and cheap)
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Box of oatmeal or cream of wheat
  • Taco shells
  • Rice
  • Pasta Noodles
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Pancake Mix (I like to keep the “complete” kind that only requires water)
Other Stuff
  • Box of Pudding
  • Syrup
  • Cake Mix or Brownie Mix
  • Oil
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Jelly
  • Popcorn
  • A few herbs and spices including: salt and pepper, basil, chili powder, cinnamon, garlic powder
  • A couple of kinds of soup
  • Evaporated Milk

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From your nutritionist, Ann