Pantry Essentials from A to Z

So often, clients want to know – how do we stock our own pantries?

Short of inviting them home for a visit, we have a list that pretty much sums it up.  Take a look and let us know what you would add/remove.  We always welcome your input at

We recommend organic or local produce; pastured, grass-fed and/or organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy; and wild fish when possible. When buying canned foods, look for BPA-free cans (Eden Organic and a handful of other brands).


Salmon (W)

Vegetables (spinach, broccoli, kale, corn kernels and/or corn on cob, peas, mixed veggies, peppers) (O)

Fruit (dark cherries, wild blueberries, mango, berries, peaches) (O)

Ground turkey or grass-fed beef (P, GF)

Chicken (or chicken parts) (P, O)

Pizza (Amy’s, American Hearth) (O, GMO-Free)

Whole grain, ancient grain or flaxseed waffles (O)

Whole grain bread (O)


Rotisserie chicken (P, O)

Pastured/Organic eggs (P, O)

Grass-fed/Organic milk (GF, P, O)

Almond milk (O)

Plain Greek yogurt or grass-fed yogurt (G, O)

Shredded hard cheese (parmesan, pecorino) (I)

Cheese for crumbling (feta, goat, blue) (I, O)

Sliced cheese (cheddar, monterey jack, swiss) (G, O, I, L)

Butter (G, P, O, I, L)

Leafy Greens (lettuce, kale, etc.)  (O, L)

Apples (O, L)

Seasonal fruit and vegetables (O)

Carrots or baby carrots (for convenience) (O)


Good-quality/organic/fair-trade dark chocolate (O, I, GMO-free)


Tomatoes (O)



Onions (O, L)

Garlic (O, L)

Shallots (O, L)

Potatoes (sweet and white) (O, L)


Fresh whole grain bread (O, GMO-free)


Low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth (O)

Beans (dry or tetrapak) (chickpeas, cannellini, kidney, black) (O)

Lundberg Farms rice (brown or wild) (O)

Whole grain pasta (shells, penne, corkscrews) (O, I)


Farro, amaranth and other ancient grains

Peanut, almond and/or sunbutter (O, GMO-free)

Apple butter or fruit spread – look for one with no added sugar (O)

Extra-virgin olive oil

Grapeseed oil (O)

Low-sodium soy sauce (O, GMO-free)

Vinegar (balsamic, red wine, white wine) (O)

Raw honey (W)

Pure maple syrup

Whole wheat flour (O)

Whole wheat panko or breadcrumbs (O)

Organic tomato sauce

Sauces n’ Love pesto

Whole grain cereal (O)

Steel-cut oatmeal (O)

Raw, unsalted nuts (cashews, pecans, almonds) (O)

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