Monday, December 30, 2013

100 Nights of Dinner at Home: The Basics

The Basics, a list of the things you could stock in your pantry to make your 100 nights of dinner a little bit easier.  You probably already have some of this stuff so it shouldn't be too hard to fill in the gaps.  Everything depends on How you eat/what you eat/and your personal tastes.  I'm giving samples of the items I keep stocked in my kitchen and yours may be different, but you get the idea.  My family eats as little processed food and as much organic/home made as possible and we can our own food.  I know this is not possible for everyone, but I do encourage everyone to strive for whole foods for your family meals.  100 nights pertains mainly to dinner, but other meals are encouraged as well!

In the Pantry:
  • Spices: basics include Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder, Onion powder, seasoned salt (you know, Lawrys), basil, Italian Seasoning.  Will get you through almost every recipe.
  • Dry Goods/Snacks: Rice, Lentils, dry beans, Spaghetti Noodles, Rotini, Lasagna Noodles, Linguini, shells, elbows, egg noodles, soba (ramen) noodles, rice noodles, favorite cereals, oatmeal, cornmeal, flour, sugar, breadcrumbs, mashed potatoes/dried potatoes, potato chips, tortillas chips etc... 
  • Canned Goods: Corn, Green Beans, Peas, mixed veggies, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, coconut milk, tuna, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, black beans, refried beans, baked beans, olives, cans of soup (including "cream of" if you are into that), Chicken stock, beef stock
  • Dry packets: Chili mix, dry gravy mix, onion soup mix, specialty dry mixes like curries.
  • Condiments: Ketchup, Mustard, Spicy mustard, Pickle Relish, Jelly, soy sauce, chili sauce, hoisin sauce, mayonnaise, prepared garlic
  • Jar goods: Spaghetti sauce, hot sauce, taco sauce, Alfredo sauce, peanut butter, applesauce
  • Oil: Olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, Grapeseed oil, Vegetable oil.

  • Dairy or the like: Milk, Cheese (block, shredded, sliced), Greek Yogurt, cream cheese, butter
  • Meat/Eggs/or alternatives: Lunch meat, Eggs, tofu
  • Veggies: carrots, celery, parsley, onions, garlic, lettuce, seasonal veggies: kale/mustard greens etc., green onions, ginger, potatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, peppers
  • Fruit: Apples, bananas, berries, other seasonal fruits, oranges, lemons and limes, avocados, tomatoes
  • Breads: Sandwich bread, flour tortillas, corn tortillas, bagels, buns

  • frozen burger pattys, Italian sausage, Ground Beef/pork/chicken/turkey, fish, vegetables, chicken breasts, pork chops and roasts, beef steaks and roasts, prepared foods like pizza dough, ravioli, potstickers for fast easy meals.  Leave room to freeze left overs!
If you have any additions or suggestions, please let me know.  I'm happy to add essentials that I have left out!

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