A well-stocked pantry makes quick meal and snack preparation easier. Keep a variety of the following foods on hand for simple and fast meals throughout the week.

Proteins: Canned tuna, canned chicken, canned beans (kidney, pinto, black), peanut butter
Vegetables: Stock your favorite canned or frozen vegetables. Green beans, canned tomatoes and tomato sauce are good to keep on hand for simple meals.

Grains: Oatmeal, pasta, rice, quinoa, flour, bread crumbs (choose whole grains for a healthier choice)

Other canned and dry goods: Low-sodium soups and broths, canned or dried fruits, crackers, quick bread mixes (whole grain muffins), etc.

Stock the fridge: With eggs, milk, cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables, bagged salad and condiments like ketchup, mustard, and salsa.

Make your own meals: With freezer foods like ground meat and chicken breasts. Freeze cooked meat and ready-to-cook casseroles for easy and fast meal preparation.

Spices, Seasonings, Flavor Enhancers

  • Oregano, basil, and parsley are great additions to tomato or Italian-style dishes.
  • Cumin and chili powder are favorites used in Mexican-style dishes.
  • Other flavor enhancers to keep on hand include vanilla extract, lemon juice, salt and pepper.