Building A Dinner Pantry

Stock your pantry with simple and practical items to make dinner planning easier than ever!

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This January I’ve taken it upon myself to get my kitchen in order, organized and well stocked…there’s something about this time of year that makes me want to get things organized.  So far I’ve shared how I stock my pantry with baking supplies, and today I’m sharing how I keep my kitchen stocked with staples for making dinner!

To make dinner planning easy and stress free, it’s important to keep a well stocked pantry.  It’s so frustrating to be looking for ingredients for a healthy dinner at 4:00pm, only to find that you are out of something.  So I try really hard to make sure that we’re well stocked each week!  Over time I have developed a list of ingredients that I always try to keep on hand.  So, here is a list of my pantry must-haves!

Building A Dinner Pantry {A Pretty Life}


Building A Dinner Pantry

  1. Stock/Broth:  Chicken, Beef, Vegetable or Homemade
  2. Canned Tomatoes:  Whole, Diced and Pureed
  3. Consomme
  4. Beans:  Brown Beans, Chick Peas, Kidney Beans, Black Beans
  5. Tomato Sauce (plain)
  6. Tomato Paste
  7. Spaghetti Sauce
  8. Pizza Sauce
  9. Pasta:  Spaghetti, Elbow Noodles, Spiral Noodles, Lasagna, Orzo
  10. Rice Noodles
  11. Rice:  Jasmin, Brown Rice, Long Grain Rice
  12. Quinoa
  13. Coconut Milk
  14. Black Olives
  15. Garlic
  16. Salt
  17. Fresh Ground Pepper
  18. Spices (Dried):
  19. Wine (I like to use it in sauces and stews)
  20. Tuna
  21. Canned Corn:  Cream Corn, Niblets
  22. Starch for thickening sauces:  Rice, Corn or Potato
  23. Vinegars:  Rice, Apple Cider, White Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar
  24. Olive Oil
  25. Vegetable Oil
  26. Coconut Oil
  27. Garlic
  28. Red Curry Paste

Building A Dinner Pantry:  In the fridge

  1. Cheese
  2. Cream Cheese
  3. Sour Cream
  4. Ricotta Cheese
  5. Cottage Cheese
  6. Milk
  7. Eggs
  8. Soy Sauce
  9. BBQ Sauce
  10. Condiments
  11. Bacon
  12. Vegetables

Building A Dinner Pantry:  In the freezer

  1. Frozen Vegetables:  Corn, Peas, Beans
  2. Frozen Meat:  Ground Beef, Chicken, Pork Chops, Roasts (Beef & Pork)


Building A Dinner Pantry {A Pretty Life}


Now that the pantry is full and ready for dinner, you can get cooking!  Here is the link to my dinner recipes if you need some dinner inspiration!  Enjoy!

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In case you missed my post on stocking a baking pantry, just click on the image below to see it!

Building a Baking Pantry

Have a delicious day!

P.S.  If I missed anything, please let me know in the comments below!  🙂


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    La Cuisine d'Helene
    January 20, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    I love these kind of posts, keep them coming!

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