What do you keep in your pantry or kitchen? I’ve been cleaning out closets and generally organizing things. The kitchen is next on my list. My cleaning binge sparked the question of what are my staples? What are those items that are “go tos” for my kitchen? Let me start with the fact that I cook. Take out is a rare thing for me and while I love eating out, it tends to be a social occasion with friends for me. This means that I cook dinner most nights, breakfast and sometimes even lunch. My doctor is all for this. She tells me to eat on the outside of the grocery. By this she means fresh veggies, fresh meat and fish, avoid the frozen food section and go light on the canned goods. Avoiding the canned goods may be the most difficult part.
So what are my kitchen staples?
Meat: Chicken, chicken sausage, bacon, beef, pork chops, shrimp, salmon
Canned goods: tuna, chicken stock, beef stock, green beans, tomatoes, beans of all types
Vegetables and fruits: tomatoes, asparagus, lettuce, squash, apples, onions, grapefruit, grapes, blueberries, broccolini
Frozen foods: corn, mixed vegetables, broccoli
Add in butter, flour, eggs, milk, sugar and cheese and I can whip up something healthy in minimal time. I tend to go for soups and stews that I can make up on Saturday or Sunday and eat on during the week. I love rice, potatoes, and pasta but they only love my waistline so I limit them to twice a month.
Suggestions for a new soup or stew?