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Before you go all Giada, you should stock up on some basic items for your pantry that will help you make a lot of different meals, without a lot of effort. Here is a shopping list for staples:

Oils, Vinegars, and Condiments:

  • Oils: canola, extra-virgin olive, coconut
  • Vinegars: balsamic, distilled white, red wine, rice, apple cider
  • Dijon mustard
  • Soy sauce (low-sodium)
  • Chili paste
  • Hot sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce


  • Black peppercorns
  • Kosher salt
  • Dried herbs, spice, and spice blends: bay leaves, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, ground cumin, ground coriander, oregano, paprika, rosemary, thyme, chili powder, curry powder, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, nutmeg

Canned Goods and Other Pantry Items:

  • Canned beans: black, cannellini, chickpeas, kidney
  • Low-sodium stock or broth (I especially like bone broth)
  • Tomatoes, canned and paste
  • Capers
  • Olives
  • Almond butter (If you’re going to buy it, try Justin’s all natural version)
  • Brown rice cakes
  • Dried fruit: raisins, mango, apricotss
  • Nuts and seeds: almonds, peanuts, sunflower

Grains and Legumes:

  • Couscous
  • Brown rice
  • Rolled oats
  • Barley
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Wheat berries
  • Dried lentils
  • Whole wheat pasta

Baking Products:

  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Brown sugar
  • Cornstarch (wheat or almond)
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract

Refrigerator Basics:

  • Large eggs (worth splurging on organic; good for about a month)
  • FAGE Total 0% Greek yogurt (It doesn’t have to be FAGE, but that’s my favorite brand)

Freezer Basics:

  • Frozen fruit: raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, mango, pineapple
  • Frozen vegetables: broccoli, bell pepper and onion mix, edamame, peas, spinach

Storage Produce:

  • Garlic
  • Onions (red and yellow)
  • Potatoes (sweet and regular)
  • Lemons
  • Fresh ginger
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