You Should Have These 5 Items In Your Pantry At All Times

You Should Have These 5 Items In Your Pantry At All Times

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Pantry food may get a bad rap sometimes, but there are few things more comforting than a bowl of easy-to-make quinoa or pasta. It’s relatively cheap, quick, and fills you up while letting you stick to your budget.

Most importantly, these pantry essentials are versatile, and let you cook up many different things; perfect for those who are busy with jobs, school, or kids. Or, you know, those stuck inside for a while due to the occasional global pandemic. Here are five food items you should consider having in your pantry more or less at all times…

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Whole Grains And Breads

Rice is the perfect side dish for a variety of different meals, and a great addition to taco bowls, curries, and casseroles. Bread and tortillas can make you a delicious sandwich or turkey wrap for lunch, and quinoa is the go-to quick and healthy choice for those who want to eat well on a budget.



There are about a million different types of pasta, and even more ways to cook them. Spaghetti with meatballs, lasagna with grass-fed beef, rice noodles with olive oil, you name it. All you need is a box of your favorite pasta and a handful of other ingredients (if even necessary) to quickly make a cheap, gourmet dish.

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Almonds are a healthy and delicious snack on their own, but everybody knows that they’re even better baked into a dessert, or used in a salad. Keep a bag of almonds, pecans, and cashews in the pantry to add a crunchy texture to your favorite meals. They can even make a healthier replacement for chips when you’re in the mood for something crunchy and salty.


Beans And Legumes

Chickpeas, lentils, and black beans are a pretty decent source of protein, and cost significantly less than meat. Add beans to chilies and tacos for a bit of flavor, or lentils for a delicious curry – the options are endless.

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Some Sort Of Flour

Just reading that, one word probably comes to mind – baking. But flour can be used for more than just baking. It can be used for pancake mixes, biscuits, or even egg pasta. Consider ancient grain flours, such as kamut, buckwheat, or spelt, and you’ll be getting that warm and comforting meal you’re looking for, while also having a nutrient-dense good time.


Behind The Pantry

Not everybody has the time or budget to cook a five-course gourmet meal every night. So give yourself a break now and then, and keep it simple-stupid. There’s little to no harm in indulging in some good, old-fashioned pantry food, as long as it doesn’t become your daily go-to. Just do your best to keep it healthy whenever you turn to these options, and enjoy.