Fresh oranges, lemons and limes 

An assortment of veggies, and don’t forget garlic and onion (store away from potatoes).

Frozen vegetables too.Stock up the freezer. 

Fresh ginger (this is usually near potatoes in the supermarket)

Apple cider vinegar

Potatoes (store away from onions and garlic)

Fresh herbs (depends on your recipes for the week) 

Butter – unsalted (because you can always add salt yourself)

Eggs (organic) if possible. Usually large 

Milk. Organic 

Sour cream or greek yogurt (esp for tacos)

Cheese – Manchego is really good in sandwiches or solo. 

Parmesan cheese.  Mozzarella

Agave syrup (usually near the sugars and honey) 

Maple syrup 


Brown sugar (double check if you have)



Breadcrumbs (whole wheat, seasoned and plain, white and panko – and assortment is great)

Spices – you can purchase as you need when a recipe calls for it – but good ones to have are: chile powder, cumin, cayenne, paprika onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasonings – basil, oregano, mustard powder, curry powder, coriander, thyme, rosemary. 

Fire roasted chopped tomatoes (in cans)  near pasta 

Ketchup, mustard, pickles, capers.

Chiles in Adobo sauce.  A few cans.  Once you open one, put the rest in a small glass container in the fridge.

Tomato sauce, marinara sauce, crushed tomatoes, passata

Beef, chicken broth.  If you can find frozen stock or bone broth that is even better.


Diamond Crystal kosher salt

Maldon sea salt


Pasta – whole wheat and white 🙂


Apricot jam is great to cook with – especially a teriyaki chicken

Red and white wine – inexpensive but not too cheap – as you are enhancing your food.

Apple cider vinegar

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