Healthy Kitchen Must-Haves

It's not always easy to prepare fresh, healthy meals from scratch, especially when you're rushed and don't have time to get down to the supermarket to buy all the ingredients. But by purchasing easily storable items in advance you'll be able to save time and money and always have a selection of nutritious foods on hand.

Here's a list of staples to keep in your kitchen at all times. If you have most of these, you'll always be able to prepare a healthy fridge required!

Ten Things to Keep in Your Freezer

1. Make-ahead meals – divide into portions
2. Leftovers – also in portions
3. Homemade stock
4. Frozen veg (and fresh veg you want to save)
5. Frozen fruit – berries freeze very well
6. Bread – all kinds: tortillas, rolls, pitta, homemade pizza bases etc
7. All kinds of meat, well wrapped
8. Fish/all types of seafood
9. Homemade ice cream/sorbet
10. Ice cube trays of chopped fresh herbs or spices preserved in oil

Ten Things to Keep in Your Cupboards

1. Oils – extra virgin olive, coconut, rapeseed
2. A range of herbs, spices, black & white pepper
3. Nuts and seeds
4. Pasta – different types such as penne, spaghetti, tagliatelle etc
5. Brown rice 
6. Grains and pulses – quinoa, lentils, buckwheat, bulgar wheat, polenta
7. Tinned fruit (great for baking crumbles etc)
8. Tinned vegetables
9. Tinned beans (different kinds), chickpeas, lentils
10. Jarred/bottled condiments and sauces

As well as food, it pays to invest in a few healthy cookbooks with recipes you can customise according to your mood.

What are your kitchen essentials? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. We certainly keep some of these on hand for quick meals. Keeping up with your pantry staples for sure makes thin gr s. Easier. Great post

    1. Good to hear you already do this. It definitely makes things easier!

  2. These are great suggestions Nic! My cupboard must-haves are brown rice, quinoa, olive oil and tinned tuna or salmon. Tinned fruit and veg is such a good idea, thanks for sharing! xx

    Bexa |

    1. I definitely have brown rice, quinoa and olive oil in the cupboard at all times!

  3. Great list, Nic! I'd say 90% of what you've mentioned I keep on hand at all times. It's all a great foundation for a great meal. I especially like the fact you've given credit to canned goods, because for some reason people think it's not good for you, but it's better than processed food! Great job!

    1. Canned foods can definitely be good for you; there's no need to fear them.

  4. Ah this is an amazing list! I wish I was this organised when it comes to eating & stuff in our fridge haha. I usually am, when it comes to what my children eats but when it comes to me, I’m the worst haha. Oh well, maybe I learn one day!

  5. This is a great list, super helpful for when I move out and have to start filling our cupboards and freezer! I'm super lazy with cooking at the minute, it's all about convenience for me and when I get home I can never be bothered to cook so it's usually a microwave meal or something I can throw in the oven! I need to start meal prepping again or batch cooking things to freeze!

    Jess //

    1. Glad you found the list useful. It really helps to have these things on hand so you don't end up resorting to microwave meals and takeaways every night!

  6. We always make sure we have baking essentials like flour, sugar, butter so we can just bake all our breads from scratch if we want.

    1. I'd love to bake bread. I've done it once or twice but it'd be good to be able to do it all the time. I love cooking but I don't do much baking (breads, cakes etc).


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