The key to faster, easier meals and even grocery shopping in under 45 minutes (yes that’s what I said!) is to have a simply stocked pantry so you only need to pick up a few extras each week.
What does your pantry look like right now? Is it empty because you never have time to cook and only stop at the grocery store for toilet paper and Tic Tacs? Or is it crammed full because you NEVER seem to keep up with what’s in it so you just buy extra every time you shop?
The sad news is, both of these pantries are costing you time and money. The empty one means you’re eating out way more than you should be and the smashed full one means you’re making impulse purchases and watching food go bad in the dark corners of your cabinets.
With a little organizational know-how you can stock your essential pantry with just the items you need and lay it out in a way that means you’ll be able to walk by, glance in, and know what’s missing almost immediately.
Your family is going to think you have a new super power.
Then you can shop for just what’s missing and not have to guess anymore about what you have at home.
Feel free to substitute your favorite versions of these ingredients to suit your needs including vegetarian stock, gluten free all purpose flour, your choice of pasta and more. Here’s your printable list:
- All purpose flour gluten free or regular
- Sugar brown or white
- Self rising cornmeal
- Baking powder
- Baking soada
- Crackers (saltine butter or gluten free)
- Bread crumbs
- Bouillon base (chicken vegetable or beef)
- Garlic fresh or jarred
- Vegetable shortening
- Canola oil
- Rolled ready-made polenta
- Quick oats
- Refried beans
- Canned tomatoes
- Evaporated milk
- Potatoes red or white
- BBQ sauce
- Fruit preserves
- Italian seasoning
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder