We eat food. Just like you. So what's in our cupboards? Probably the exact same things you have. Here are some peeks inside my pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.
|The Woo Hoo Shelf|
All the sweet and salty snacks I can shove onto one shelf
|Canned goods, boxed foods, and Pepsi Max|
|All the cheese one drawer can fit.|
|Gluten free quick snacks|
|Frozen fruits, frozen vegetables, meat|
Right now, my kitchen is more full than usual. I have a compromised immune system related to multiple autoimmune disorders and scar tissue both inside and outside my lungs, making a COVID-19 infection more dangerous than the average, healthy, 30-something. I am at the end of week 3 of self-isolation, without an end in sight yet. My cupboard is about the only place to have fun now.
Pandemics aside, what are key items a dietitian thinks are important to always have available in her kitchen? Here are my suggestions for "must have" food items to keep on hand. As always, name brand doesn't matter. I tend to lean towards generic or what's on sale. Quantities are up to you - I like to buy things in quantities of three. Don't ask questions.
- No salt added canned diced tomatoes
- I adore black bean and corn salsa for the sweet and savory flavor
- Pasta sauce
- Low sodium broth or stock
- Chicken broth mostly but I also have beef and vegetable broths too
- No salt added beans
- Any variety works - my personal favorites are black beans and pinto beans
- Gluten free pasta
- I've been using Barilla GF noodles because they were very cheap using Subscribe & Save on Amazon. If you've never checked out Amazon Pantry or Amazon Subscribe & Save, I encourage you to do so. Lots of coupons and great deals available.
- Brown rice
- Gluten free crackers
- Cheerios (or other cereal)
Snacky Snacks (the "Woo Hoo" shelf)
- Cookies or packaged sweet snacks
- Normally, I limit myself to one box at a time, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and I just signed up for 18 boxes of gluten free cookies on Amazon Subscribe and Save.
- Chips (or crisps depending where you live)
- For some reason, I like tortilla chips, but you can choose your own adventure
- I like to toss these in my purse, and I buy whatever is on sale at the time I'm shopping
- Something sweet (usually candy or frosting) to treat low blood sugar
- Diet Pepsi
- Pepsi is superior to Coke in every way possible, so I have an abundance of Pepsi Max (black label Pepsi). Pepsi Max has no carbohydrates and is calorie/carbohydrate free (in the US). One bottle has 97 mg caffeine - about the equivalent of a weak cup of coffee, so I put it in a coffee cup and call it cold brew.
- Water flavor/water enhancers
- You don't need added vitamins or "energy" for your water. Just something to make it taste less....watery.
- Bag of spinach or salad blend
- Bell pepper(s)
- Eggs - yep, real eggs
- Butter or margarine (your choice)
- Cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.
- Frozen vegetables (peppers, onion, corn, broccoli, veggie mixes)
- When fresh is out of season or more expensive, I substitute frozen veggies. Serves the same purpose, just take a little longer to cook. It's also nice to have the convenience of pre-chopped frozen veggies available for when I don't feel like pre-prepping my food.
- Gluten free bread
- I don't go through a whole lot of meat, so I buy 3 packages of beef, chicken, and turkey when they're on sale and pop them in the freezer. Only take about 24 hours to thaw in the fridge.
- Gluten free pizza (or other quick cook item)
These are what I consider the "staple" items - the things you can throw together easily to make a quick meal and don't require a whole lot of though for snacks. Of course, my favorite part is the Woo Hoo Shelf. Everyone has a Woo Hoo Shelf stocked with their own favorite treats. In times of emergency, always keep your Woo Hoo shelf full.