I recently shared 3 steps to know your essential pantry staples. This week I’m sharing our family’s 10 essential pantry staples with a free printable. The free printable has more than 10 items, but a lot of the items are things that you buy once and last you for several weeks or months (like condiments and spices).
Our 10 Essential Pantry Staples
In order to understand our pantry staples, you should probably know that our family tries to eat real food the majority of the time. We do have the occasional boxes of organic Mac and Cheese (organic makes me feel better about feeding it to the kids?!?) and Top Ramen (I know, I know, the worst), but for the most part we don’t eat processed foods.
We make most of our meals from scratch which is healthier and tends to be better for the budget. We don’t currently buy only organic food, but we would love to eventually buy all of our food locally and organic.
Here are our 10 essential pantry staples:
- Diced Tomatoes
If we have these 10 staples in the house, we can make pasta with red sauce, pasta with white sauce, frittatas, beans and rice, tortillas, baked oatmeal, and all kinds of yummy breakfast foods.
My Children’s 5 Essential Pantry Staples
I asked my kids what they felt were essential food items to have in the house and this was their feedback:
- Top Ramen – this is a favorite snack afterschool with hoisin sauce and sriracha for my two older sons. They beg me to buy it and I usually give in once a month.
- Potatoes – my middle son loves to fry the potatoes to make french fries, and the whole family loves making hash browns for our frequent “breakfast for dinner” nights.
- Bacon – Pancakes, waffles, and eggs just aren’t greeted with the same delight when there’s no bacon.
- Corn Flakes – this has become a favorite late night snack for my two older sons.
- Popcorn – we love to make popcorn on the stove for our family movie nights. When we have popcorn in the house, all is well.
Here is a free printable of our Pantry Staples. Hopefully it can help you get started on yours. You can download it here.
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What are your 10 essentials? Are they similar to ours?
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