home cooking basic shopping list
OK, so I admit it, I've been chowhounding a lot in the last few years and I've not had a proper kitchen until recently and I want to focus back on cooking again. Note: I tend to eat a pretty healthy diet as I am a marathon runner training for his first ultra-marathon.
So, here's my question. I'm cleaning out what I've got and I want to start from scratch again minus my spices (I've got a ton.)
So: What should I be keeping on hand at all times besides my typical sports junk (H20, Gatorade, Powergel, Sport Beans) so that I can make myself basic, wholesome meals in the evenings?
These are fantastic lists. I would add:
* canned tuna, (great for last minute pastas)
* canned veggies (peas and corn; when you have no fresh veggies)
* beans (chick peas, kidney beans, and 3 bean combos for on the fly salads)
* canned fruit (pineapple, etc)
I realize it it all canned, and now it looks like I dont eat anything else (i assure you thats not true), but canned stuff in a pinch is very convenient
Sorry, I misintertreted your post...
but I always keep in the pantry:
assorted dried beans (including lentils and split peas, but not such an assortment that they would get old)
rice, whatever variety but I try to keep it to a minimum to keep fresh.
canned tomatoes & paste
any other canned items like pineapple, etc. (good to have in a pinch)
sweetend condensed milk, cocoa powder & chocolate chips(ok, maybe you don't want to go there)
tahini, peanut butter (move to the fridge when opened)
molassas, honey, corn syrup
brown sugar, confectioner's sugar, white sugar
varity of oils and vinegars
dried fruits, esp. raisins
onions & garlic
root vegies, potatoes? sweet potatoes? whatever is seasonal
IN THE FRIDGE:
capers, olives, anchovies...
hot sauce, worchestershire, sambal oleak...
wasabi, horse radish
pt. of heavy cream
IN THE FREEZER:
whole wheat flour, wheat germ
... any other flour type product that doesn't get used up quickly
stocks (chicken, veal...)
corn, spinach, peas, cranberries... etc. (some of the fruits/vegies that freeze well)
Ok, this is a simplified list, and can be further simplfied minus the sweet things... sorry, you did say healthy...
Mustard. I never liked it before, but am finding that it can be used to make wonderful sauces and marinades really quick.
And honey. I don't use it often, but it keeps forever.
Oh, and sour cream and yogurt (I use low fat). Both have reasonably long shelf lives and can be really useful for impromptu recipes.
I also just got one of those rosemary mini christmas trees, and have been clipping fresh rosemary off of it like crazy. If you don't mind taking care of a plant (rosemary is pretty low maintenance), it can be a great addition to your kitchen (and smells great!).
The first list was pretty comprehensive though...Pretty much encompasses what I have in my kitchen now.
I would say:
parmesan cheese (fresh, not the kind in the green can)
canned tomatoes in various forms (sauce, crushed, diced, etc.)
an assortment of dried pastas
boneless, skinless chicken breasts and thighs
olive oil (extra virgin for salads and regular for cooking)
rice (Jasmine, Basmati and Brown)
canned beans (white, black, pinto)
whole wheat tortillas
a couple of good cheeses (cheddar, decent mozarella, etc)
a couple of decent vinegars (red wine, white wine, balsamic)
That's just mho, but I think that's a decent fresh food and pantry stock that provides some building blocks for some healthy meals. I'm sure others will post a ton of stuff I forgot. Happy shopping! Oh - and good luck with that marathon!