I always have a bunch of staple items in my pantry. They are the items I use most. They are versatile and can be used for a wide variety of recipes. All these ingredients are pretty basic but also healthy and nutritious.
Oats- Great for breakfast (oatmeal), can make granola out of it and other baked goods.
Quinoa- Can be added to practically any meal, I prefer this to rice.
Puffed Quinoa- Once again, great for breakfast, adding to smoothie bowls, gives great texture to baked goods.
Red Lentils- Extremely versatile, dhal, red lentil curry, mixed with vegetables. Great source of protein and cheap.
Buckinis- Raw, sprouted buckwheat grouts. Great for toppings for smoothie bowls, acaí bowls, cereal etc
Rice- (Brown and white) Cheap, extremely versatile, huge variety of recipes both savoury and sweet.
Coconut Flour- Delicious replacement for flour in baked goods, gives a rich nutty flavour.
Rice Flour- Once again, great for baked goods and pancakes
Buckwheat Flour- Baked goods, pancakes
Chia Seeds- Very versatile, chia puddings, on top of oatmeal, smoothie bowls, banana ice cream, in baked goods. Very nutritious and gives a great flavour and texture.
Poppy Seeds- I love adding poppy seeds to baked veggies. I coat the veggies with them and place it in the oven, it gives it such a nice flavour and crunch.
Almonds (or any other nuts)- Great for snacking or addition to salads or baked goods.
Mixed Seeds- Great for snacking or addition to salads or baked goods.
Cacao Powder- I love having my daily healthy “hot chocolate” fix. I add almond milk and cacao powder into a milk frother and voila, healthy, tasty hot chocolate. Can also be a great addition to smoothies, banana ice cream, smoothie bowls, in oatmeal and baked goods. Gives a nice, rich, chocolate flavour. Quite versatile.
Tinned Tomatoes- Cheap, convenient, makes a great addition to savoury dishes and is fantastic for making pasta sauce.