How many times have you read an article that says “make sure you have a pantry stocked with staples” or, “make sure you keep food in your pantry that can be used to cook anything?”. What do these people really mean? If I find it confusing I can only imagine how confused you must be.

There are so many different types of food that have a decent shelf life and I guess you’re wondering what they can possibly be so, let me share some of my pantry secrets with you.

  • Legumes – chickpeas, lentils, kidney & black beans
  • Nuts & seeds – almonds, walnuts, macadamia, peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, pine nuts & sesame nut
  • Tinned veggies – tomatoes, corn & beetroot
  • Stock – chicken, beef & vegetable
  • Pasta & rice
  • Milk – soy, macadamia, almond & coconut
  • Other goodies – sundried tomatoes, olives, tahini, artichokes & tomato paste

Now that I’ve listed some of the staples I have in my pantry let me share with you how I use them in my creations.

  • Hummus – in your food processer add chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, salt & lemon juice
  • Fry up some chickpeas with onion and herbs – and add them to your salad. Guaranteed it will turn a boring salad into something spectacular
  • Brown rice, tuna & corn – perfect emergency lunch
  • Add a sprinkling of nuts and seeds to your breakfast smoothie or muesli
  • Pasta, tuna, sundried tomatoes & olive oil – great last-minute dinner idea

I hope I’ve cleared up any questions you may have with regards to what to stock in your pantry and given you some ideas on what to create or how to spruce up one of your creations! If you would like more tips on what to stock and how to use them then feel free to drop me an email:


Much love



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