It’s official, the doors to my pantry have been opened and I’m really excited to share my shelves with you today! This is the first of several resource pages I will be publishing over the next few months. Thanks to all of your wonderful support in my previous post on the changes being made here on my site, I was able to apply myself to this project with such passion and care. I hope you find this resource page useful in some way, whether you are a whole foods veteran or newly getting yourself familiar with plant based ingredients. Also note this is not meant to display what a pantry should or should not look like, it is simply just my own! I will be updating it regularly when things change on my shelves, and will try to make mention of this when it happens in my posts here as well.
You can view my pantry page here, and can always get there by clicking through to it on my sidebar where you see the banner image “Inside My Pantry”. To compliment the pantry list I thought I would include in my post here some tips on embarking on a whole foods pantry makeover – for those in need of a few. I also included some life updates at the bottom to keep things real and present here with you! I hope you enjoy it all tons, and let me know what you think, I value your feedback and want to do what helps you the most!
TIPS ON BUILDING A WHOLE FOODS PANTRY
- Clean house. This means pulling out everything that is considered to be a pantry item, setting it on your countertops and floors, and sifting through the goods. Expired? Compost what food you can, recycle what packaging you can, and toss the rest. Does it have high fructose corn syrup? Loaded with preservatives? More than five ingredients you can’t pronounce? Time for it to go too. Start a donation bag for all of the goods that aren’t expired but that you want to cleanse from your shelves. This can include items you bought but will never use, and are taking up precious space on your shelves – clogging your mind when you stare into the food abyss trying to decipher what to eat. Out of date spices, and white flours/pastas get the boot. Think what you eat is what your cells are made up of, so only keep what you wish your body to be built upon.
- Now that your inventory is cleansed, choose what categories you’d like to organize your food in and do so with your available shelf space. Check for holes, there inevitably will be some after “cleaning house”. Start a master list of the items you’d love in order to build your dream pantry – maybe using some inspiration from mine here. Pin up that master list somewhere in your kitchen. Add things to it when you think of them, and use it as a guideline for when you grocery shop.
- Second to the master list will be your list for today. What food do you need to feed yourself with this week? Get creative with the foods you have left, and make a list that includes items from the master list to go purchase that day. Each week you can be replacing items you threw out with better counterparts as you need them, or even stock up on something else entirely different as you work your way through building your dream pantry. These are the building blocks of your meals and should spark creativity and interest when you look at them on your shelves.
- If and when funds allow, it can be helpful to stock up on jars and canisters to display your goods. This helps with visualizing a meal, and to be enticed by colors, shapes, and textures. Naturally as human beings we are drawn to what looks beautiful. If you don’t believe me, look a bag of lentils, and then pour them into a cute jar and look at them again. Somehow they feel more approachable and down the earth (any puns unintended but welcome). You can see the jars I’ve collected in the organization section on my pantry page, but always try to keep and reuse ones from the store (such as pasta sauce jars) for a more sustainable and affordable approach too when you can.
———— I hope some of these tips helped! Let me know how your pantry refreshes go, and any other tips you find handy in the comments below if you’d like to share.
LIFE UPDATE: Oh hi! I’m over here chugging along trying to work out the kinks with my thyroid and leaky gut and anxiety/stress management – feeling super encouraged and hoping to open up my heart to you guys soon. I’m so grateful for your love and tips through social media and emails lately, you guys light up my life with your generosity and genuine selves.
A little something exciting! I’m packing my bags tonight to hop on a plane tomorrow morning to fly to Oakland, where I will be renting a car and driving solo up to a beautiful photography workshop on a goat farm in Point Reyes! It is being held by my sweet friend Betty from Betty Liu and another super sweet (new) friend Bella from Ful-Filled. You can take a sneak peak at the digs here and here, and see tons more on my Instagram stories to come too. I can’t wait. A little countryside escape with inspiring people and amazing food. Oh and there are goats. All over. So you know someone is inevitably going to wake up one morning and look out their window to see a crazy girl (me) running around with all of the baby goats in a circle chasing one another with goofy, free-spirited smiles (goats can smile, right?). Scott has in his mind that someone will find me riding a goat at some point, but I promise I won’t. (I promise I won’t, I promise I won’t.) So I’m off to do laundry and prep travel snacks and make Scott enough dessert to last him four days (priorities).
I hope you all have the most gorgeous week and weekend, and I will be back here next week with something special from Kale & Caramel‘s new cookbook, so preorder that baby if you haven’t yet! Its an inspiring keeper for anyone who gives a hoot about herbs and flowers. Till then, xx.