One of the things I am really, really looking forward to is rebuilding my pantry. You know sometimes you look in your pantry and think, “why did I even buy that?” Or, “I wish I hadn’t bought that, now I feel like I have to use it.”
Well, one of the best parts about settling in the kitchen, is rebuilding the pantry (at least in my opinion).
I made my shopping list based around a few things: (1) things we love to eat and (2) things that we should eat. I also got a little help from my friends at:
The Naked Kitchen
Whole wheat flour
White whole wheat flour
Brown rice flour
Garbanzo bean flour
Most flours need to be kept in the refrigerator.
Peanut butter (homemade)
Ground flax seed
Brown rice pasta
Whole wheat pasta (phasing out)
What I keep on the bottom
-potatoes (including russet, golden, and sweet), onions, garlic
-sushi making kit
-organic marinara sauce
-homemade all-purpose cleaner
Second to bottom
(I keep the bags with instructions behind the wire shelf)
Easily reachable shelf
-Triscuits (maybe the one processed cracker I can’t give up)
-Chips (I try to keep this as whole food as possible, I go for Archer Farm’s organic blue chips with flax or anything by Food Should Taste Good)
Eye Level Shelf
Out of Sight
-canned goods (we don’t keep much other than organic tomato paste, artichoke hearts and we always have canned tuna)
-My preserves: jam, salsa
-More extra jars
Also, these things are not in my pantry, but in other cabinets and I felt like you needed to know about them.
-Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
-Extra Virgin Olive Oil
My Baking Cabinet:
-100% cocoa powder
Well, now that you’ve taken a virtual tour around my kitchen, I’ll share the pictures of our cabinets without the doors (here you go, Brianne!).
As you can see, you can definitely get by with a few different ingredients on a whole food diet. Honestly, there’s something about having only what you need to make things that are good for you. Before our whole foods journey started there would be no way I could take the doors off my cabinets. Nope, no way. Boxed goods don’t look nearly as pretty as jars. (Trick: of the few things that I do buy in boxes or bags—Triscuits, chips, pasta—I put in jars!)
What’s something new that you’ve bought recently to further your whole foods journey? Are you willing to try some of things I have recently put in my pantry?