To stay consistent with eating healthy when you’re on-the-go, it’s important to keep your pantry or cupboard stacked with handy, go-to items.
This way, you’ll always have something on hand even when the fridge shelf is looking a bit bare (it’s usually the week for payday for me, sometimes I have sleep for dinner).
The trick is to stay organised and have enough of the essentials on hand at all times. You can build up your collection a little bit over each trip to the supermarket or go all guns blazing and dedicate one trip to a full sweep.
A stocked pantry also helps me to make all my own sauces and seasonings so I’m less likely to reach for the flavoured powder packets and jars of sauce.
I’m also free to play around more and create some really interesting and delicious flavours by adding pinches of this and dashes of that as I go.
Below is a breakdown of what lives in my cupboard;
Dried Herbs and Spices
Ground Black Pepper
Stock Cubes are a great essential to have on hand but it’s important
to buy a good quality stock.
I have endless cubes of vegetable, chicken and beef stock cubes sitting on the shelf and
use them with almost all of my dishes whether it be for
dry seasoning or mixed with boiling water.
Tuna in water or brine
Soup tins are good to have in an emergency as a back-up meal and also as additions for main meals such as chicken and broccoli bake (see main meals for recipe).
Thai Green Curry Paste (best to make your own from scratch but always handy to have if you are time poor. See my recipe for details).
Sweet chilli sauce
Franks Hot Sauce (Original)
Nuts, Seeds & Grains
4 Seed Mix
Medium Noodles (great for a quick stir fry)
Bits and Bobs
Large bag of porridge oats (used for so many of my recipes as you will come to see)
Dark chocolate chips
Good quality Olive Oil
This list is not exhaustive and your pantry will certainly have more and differentiating flavoursome inhabitants to mine.
You can simply use this list for some inspo or to add to your already packed pantry. It’s totally down to you!