Below is a list of my absolute favourite ingredients for delicious and colourful breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. I try to have these foods in my kitchen most of the time because they always make me feel inspired to cook.

Pantry Essentials
  • Rolled oats.
  • Canned beans and chickpeas.
  • Crushed tomatoes.
  • Coconut milk.
  • Raisins and dried figs.
  • Rice (I prefer basmati)
  • Pastas and noodles.
  • Dried lentils and beans.
  • Granola and muesli.
  • Cacao or cocoa powder, vanilla powder or vanilla extract and flours (whole grain and refined).
  • Canola and olive oil.
  • Green teas, black teas and herbal teas.
  • Sugar and honey
  • Spices: Salt, black pepper, paprika, cumin, curry, turmeric, oregano, basil, bay leaves, cinnamon, ginger…

Fridge Essentials
  • Other veggies (depending on season): Cabbage, bell pepper, carrots, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, fennel, beets, zucchini, garlic etc.
  • Potatoes.
  • Fruit (depending on season): Apples, oranges, kiwi fruit, clementines, peaches, nectarines, grapes, fresh dates, lemons, limes, watermelon etc.
  • Nuts and seeds: Walnuts, almonds, coconut chips, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds etc.
  • Nut butters.
  • Milk (right now I prefer oat milk)
  • Maple syrup.
  • Apple cider vinegar and tamari.
  • Olives and sun-dries tomatoes.
  • Leftovers from dinner to be eaten as lunches.

Freezer Essentials
  • Frozen blueberries and raspberries.
  • Ice-cream and home-made energy balls.
  • Frozen veggies like kale and spinach.
  • Frozen bananas.
  • Bread.
  • Frozen leftover stews and sauces.
  • Frozen pre-chopped herbs. 

Countertop Essentials
  • Avocados and bananas.
  • Fresh herbs like basil and thyme.


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