Stocking Up Your Family’s Pantry

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If you have a stocked pantry, refrigerator and freezer, you won’t ever ask yourself, “What should I make for dinner?”

With these basic items, you can prepare countless nutritious and easy meals for your families. You will obviously have more than these items, but with these basics you can make pasta primavera, spaghetti and meatballs, pot roast, oven-roasted vegetablesoven-fried chickenbalsamic chicken, pork or chicken picatta, chili, chicken and vegetable stir fry, kabobchicken noodle souphomemade pizza, to name a few. And more importantly, you can make a variety of desserts (sugar cookies, carrot cake, vanilla cake, fruit tarts) too!

Stock up your pantry with these basics:

Flour (whole wheat and white)
Sugar (granulated and powdered)
Wheat Bran
Bread Crumbs
Baking Soda
Baking Powder
Spices (salt, pepper, basil, cumin, garlic powder, parsley, rosemary, bay leaves, vanilla)
Chicken Broth (organic)
Canned Diced Tomatoes (organic with no sugar added)
Canned Tomato Paste (organic with no sugar added)
Canned Beans or Dry Beans
Pasta (whole wheat or regular)
Rice (brown, basmati)
Red Wine and Balsamic Vinegar
Soy Sauce
Olive Oil
Vegetable Oil
Granola or Whole Wheat based cereals
Nuts (walnuts, almonds, pistachios)
Dried Fruits (raisins, apricots, cranberries)

Stock up your refrigerator with these basics:

Shredded Cheese (Parmesan, Mozzarella)
Sour Cream
Fresh Seasonal Fruits
Fresh Lemons & Limes
Fresh Vegetables (onion, lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, celery, carrots, zucchini, parsley, cilantro)
Whole-Grain Bread

Stock up your freezer with these essential items:

Boneless and Bone-In Chicken Breast, Chicken Thighs, Chicken Drumsticks
Lean Ground Beef, Ground Turkey, Ground Chicken
Pork Tenderloin or Pork Chops
Beef Chuck Roast
Frozen Vegetables (spinach, peas, corn)
Frozen Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)