There are certain items that I always keep on hand, as well as certain items that I assume that everyone has in their kitchen pantry. These are items that I won’t always post on the weekly grocery list, as people usually just buy more as soon as they run out. If there is a specialty pantry item (for instance, rice vinegar or grape seed oil) I will be sure to add it to the week’s grocery list (and include it in the estimated cost) so that you are prepared!

I like to keep my pantry (and by pantry I mean the one cabinet that we have to keep food in, as well as the space above the cabinets, and the top of the refrigerator…) stocked with the basics that I consistently use. Having these items on hand means that I can usually just purchase a couple of fresh “extra” ingredients and have a meal ready to go in minutes!


  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Canola oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Canola non-stick cooking spray


  • Basalmic vinegar
  • White wine vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sherry vinegar


  • Garlic powder
  • Garlic salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Sweet paprika
  • Adobo chili powder
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Tarragon
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Whole bay leaves
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Ginger
  • Curry
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ground mustard seed
  • All-spice
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sea Salt
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper

Baking items:

  • Canola non-stick spray
  • All-purpose flour
  • Whole wheat pastry flour
  • Granulated white sugar
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond extract


  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Ketchup (Whole Foods store brand is the best!)
  • Canola mayonnaise
  • Whole grain mustard
  • Spicy brown mustard
  • Dijon mustard
  • Peanut butter
  • Unsalted butter
  • Hot sauce (we like Frank’s hot sauce)
  • Sriracha chili sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Horseradish
  • Barbecue sauce (we like Stubb’s spicy)
  • Chicken stock (low-sodium)
  • Canned tomatoes (low-sodium: diced, crushed, and sauce form)

Dry goods:

  • Steel-cut oats
  • Quick-cooking oats
  • Whole wheat spaghetti
  • Whole wheat penne
  • Brown rice
  • White rice
  • Dried garbanzo beans
  • Dried black beans
  • Dried pinto beans
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Dry roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Raw almonds
  • Raw walnuts

Anything else that you consider a must-have item in your pantry? I’d love to hear it! Leave a message below!