Protein – chicken, beef, fish, shrimp (frozen uncooked shrimp are good to have on hand)

Fresh oranges, lemons and limes 

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

Frozen vegetables – corn, rice, peas and frozen edamame

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

Apple cider vinegar, red white vinegar, white wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar and my fave if you like, fig vinegar.

Extra virgin olive oil, olive oil (for cooking), avocado oil if you like, canola oil, sesame oil

Potatoes (store in a cool spot away from onions and garlic)

Fresh herbs (depends on your recipes for the week) I love basil and cilantro

Butter – unsalted (because you can always add salt yourself), Ghee if dairy free

Eggs (organic) if possible. Usually large 

Milk. 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, Honey

Brown sugars, sugar, confectionery sugar (if you plan to bake at all)

Flour – all purpose or GF

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, red pepper flakes

Ketchup, mustard, mayo

Capers and olives and pickles 

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, fire roasted chipped tomatoes (in cans), tomato paste

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

Cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda 

Diamond Crystal kosher salt, fresh pepper, Maldon sea salt (so good)

Pasta – whole wheat and white, Rice – brown, light brown 

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.

Asian cooking:

Coconut milk

Thai red and green curry paste

Miso paste

Soy sauce, coconut aminos if GF

Hoisen sauce, oyster sauce

Rice vinegar – unseasoned


Fish sauce! a must

If you are reading this and can think of other additions then please lmk –


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