In My Pantry

For those who struggle with food ideas or who tend to want to buy pre-packaged meals loaded with sodium and preservatives, I thought I would share with you what’s “In My Pantry”.

I want to point out to everyone that name brand items featured on my blog are my own preference and choice.  I am not getting paid to promote any products featured on my blog.

I am going to limit my list to ten Healthy Pantry Staples that I believe every pantry should have. 

  1. Oils – Extra Virgin Olive Oil  aka EVOO
  2. Panko crumbs – great for coating your fish or meats
  3. Broth – Low Sodium Chicken and beef broth
  4. Fresh lemons and limes and nice to have seasonal fruits
  5. Dried herbs and spices – Please replenish these often as they lose their potency.  My favorites are minced onions, garlic powder, dried parsley or basil, cayenne pepper and paprika
  6. Fresh herbs and spices – garlic, flat leaf parsley, cilantro
  7. Grains – brown rice, couscous
  8. Nuts – Almonds and walnuts
  9. Vinegars – white wine, sherry, apple cider, balsamic, and Marsala
  10. Onions and shallots


Keep your kitchen well-stocked and you can create fabulous healthy meals all the time.

 Coming soon ~ ~ ~ I will tackle “must haves” to keep in your fridge and freezer too.

Top 10 Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets

I thought I would list my most favorite must-have kitchen gadgets for every kitchen.

  • 10.  Blender
  • 9. Hand Blender/chopper – I have a Cuisinart Smart stick hand blender with Whisk and chopper attachments
  • 8. Great set of knives such as Cutco or Henkel
  • 7. Electric Griddle – I have a Presto griddle.  Great for making 6 pancakes at once and great for making bacon strips too.
  • 6.  Frying pan.  This is an important tool in your kitchen. I prefer circulon or calphalon for the way they are made.  Little or no oil is needed and you won’t burn or have your food stick to the pan.
  • 5. Silicone spatula – Trust me on this.  It picks up all the batter that sticks to the bowl
  • 4. Oven mitts – I lost one of mine but I have OXO Good Grips Silicone
  • 3. Mixer – Mine is so old, might be time for a new one.
  • 2. Measuring spoons, cups and utencils.
  • 1.  Food scale – Mine is a Weight Watchers brand and I love it.

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