We eat at home for most meals, most days. We’re eating out less than once a week. I’m proud of how well we’re staying on track with this– it has really become a way of life.

I thought it might be interesting to post our “staples,” especially now that we’ve found a great source for local, ethically raised chicken, pork, beef, and turkey.

Food we generally have on hand:

  • Meat
    • Chicken breasts (2lbs/week)
    • Pork breakfast sausage (0.5lb/week)
    • Pork chops (3-4 chops/week)
    • Ground Turkey (2lbs/week)
    • Something novel (sausage, steak, etc, every once in a while)
    • Fish (salmon or whatever is on sale, ~4 fillets/week)
    • Turkey or Ham Lunchmeat (1lb/week)
    • Frozen venison (roasts and ground)
  • Vegetables
    • Red onions
    • Small yellow onions
    • Spinach
    • Broccoli
    • Sweet potatoes or Yams
    • Bell Peppers
    • Mushrooms
    • Garlic
    • Small red potatoes
    • Frozen corn
    • Frozen peas
  • Fruits
    • Apples (usually Granny Smith)
    • Bananas
    • Lemons
    • Something novel (recently cantaloupe and mangoes)
    • Tomatoes
    • Avacados
    • Juice concentrate
  • Dairy
    • 1% milk (1qt/week)
    • Soy milk (I get it for free but don’t use it that often)
    • Sour cream
    • Shredded cheddar or Mexican blend
    • Shredded mozzerella
    • Grated or shredded parmesan
    • Sliced or block cheese for sandwiches
    • Half and half
    • Eggs (1 doz/week)
    • Butter (~1lb/week)
    • Breyer’s Chocolate Ice Cream (our terrible addiction)
  • Pantry
    • Peanut butter
    • Jelly
    • Red Beans
    • Black Beans
    • Tuna
    • Diced tomatoes
    • Tomato paste
    • Coconut milk
  • Grains
    • Pasta (generally Barilla Plus spaghetti, but also elbows, egg noodles and various others)
    • Rice (Brown rice and Jasmine or Basmati. Tilda rice if I’m splurging.)
    • Couscous
    • Quinoa
    • Homemade bread OR Store-bought bread or rolls
    • Tortillas
    • Pre-made pie crusts
    • Breadcrumbs (I recently bought a big cannister of these after admitting to myself that I was never going to make my own)
  • Baking
    • White Flour
    • Whole Wheat Flour
    • Sugar
    • Brown Sugar
    • Baking Soda
    • Baking Powder
    • Salt (Kosher and Regular)
    • Cornmeal
    • Cocoa
    • Yeast
    • Honey
  • Sundries
    • Spices (We use cumin, garlic salt, and the Italian herbs most often)
    • Curry paste
    • BBQ sauce (Chris is partial to Johnny Harris which we stock up on when we visit Savannah)
    • Cholula
    • Salsa
    • Olive Oil
    • Canola Oil
    • Balsamic Vinegar
    • Pickles
    • Condiments (Three different kinds of mustard…)
    • Soy sauce
    • Kalamata Olives
    • Pecans, Cashews, Almonds, Pepitas, Sunflower seeds, Ground Flax (Okay, I bought the ground flax months ago and haven’t even opened it yet… but someday I’ll want it!)
Did I miss anything you find essential for your everyday cooking?
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