How to Stock and Use Your Pantry How to Stock and Use Your Pantry

Have you ever wanted to open your pantry door and be able to make a healthy, family approved meal from the ingredients you have on hand?

Building your pantry up with staple ingredients can give you the freedom to make meals using only the ingredients you already have!

The following lists of ingredients can be used to make many different meals in minutes. Not all of the ingredients need to be purchased at once, but with time, your well thought out pantry will help you meet your goal!

Jump to Pantry Sections

  1. Grains, Rice, & Pasta
  2. Canned & Jarred
  3. Oils, Sauces, & Vinegars
  4. Refrigerated/Frozen
  5. Herbs & Spices
  6. Dried Foods 

Jump to Recipe Ideas

  1. Berry Oatmeal
  2. Tuna Salad
  3. Topped Crackers
  4. Chicken Stir-Fry
  5. Smoothie
  6. Veggie & Lentil Soup
  7. Traditional Pasta
  8. Trail Mix
  9. Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad
  10. Spicy Frittata
  11. White Chicken Chili
  12. Burrito Bowl

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Must-Haves for Your Pantry

Grains, Rice, & Pasta


Canned & Jarred

AnchorOils, Sauces, & Vinegars



AnchorHerbs & Spices

AnchorDried Foods


Berry Oatmeal

AnchorTuna Salad

Optional: Add in celery, onion & a hard-boiled egg if you have them!

AnchorTopped Crackers

Optional: Rice cakes can be used in place of crackers!


AnchorChicken Stir-Fry


Optional: Add in old fashioned oats!

AnchorVeggie & Lentil Soup

Optional: Add in potatoes or shell-shaped pasta!

pasta ingredients

Traditional Pasta

Optional: Add in corn, beans or other veggies!

Trail Mix

Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad

Optional: Add in onion & celery or place in a wrap or on bread for a sandwich!

Spicy Frittata

White Chicken Chili

Optional: Add frozen veggies!

Burrito Bowl

Optional: Add a Whole Wheat Tortilla to make into a burrito


Written by Allie Rene Lindke, PhD/DI student | Edited by Laurel Sanville, MS, RDN, LD

Posted October 26th, 2017

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