Lunch! A Well Stocked Pantry Pays Off

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We’ve learned that when you have a well stocked pantry, and a little creativity, there is always something to make. Remember our trip to the Korean Market?  We bought lots of goodies including these Noodles, Dried Shiitakes and Wood Ear Mushrooms, which became this full flavored soup. We try to keep a variety of rices, noodles, savory sauces, pastes, and soup bases on hand. Think of what combos sound like they go together. Try a little of this, and a little of that…taste and adjust. Dont be afraid…the results are usually delicious!

2 thoughts on “Lunch! A Well Stocked Pantry Pays Off

  1. What would be the top ingredients to stock up on in the pantry? I was hoping to see a list of the main things to keep on hand to be able to whip up something! teehee

  2. WELL, we can’t leave you dangling out there hoping, Ms. Tia! Let’s see…
    This is a subjective answer, as everyone has different preferences when it comes to food. I really like Asian style cuisine, so a lot of our “staples” lean that way. But let’s say you prefer Italian, or Latin foods. Your staples would likely be different. But I’ll try to list some things I know he always tries to have on hand. It seems like it would cost a lot, but every other week, or once a month, pick something new up. Before you know it, you have a great selection.
    * Eggs, Butter, Flour, Chocolate (or cocoa), Honey & Coconut Milk – We always have these. Basic dried herbs & spices: Garlic, onion, Badia Complete Seasoning, dill, red pepper, coriander, oregano, cloves, sage, etc… as many varieties as you can afford!
    VEG: onions, garlic, potatoes, ginger, tomatoes (fresh or canned), carrots, green onions, fresh or dried mushrooms, cilantro & 1-2 fruits too
    STARCH: basmati rice, red or wild rice,rotini, shell or elbow pasta, thin spaghetti, Chinese /raman style noodles (the ones in little nest shape), quinoa, dried beans,
    Sauces, etc: soy sauce, fish sauce, a good hot sauce, dijon, ketchup, red curry paste, veg &/or chicken stock base, hoisin sauce, rice wine vinegar, mayo, chili oil, peanut butter, sesame oil and his newest love, Korean Red Pepper Paste.
    With these, plus your own personal favorites in the cupboards, you can always whip up pasta in tomato sauce, eggs & homefries, Korean BBQ, sweet grain porridge, half a dozen kinds of soups or salad dressings, Veg Lo Mein, Stir Fried Rice, curry stew, quinoa salad…you get the idea!
    I am sure I forgot many things, but I think this is pretty representative of his favorite Kitchen Basics. Hope it helps! Happy Cooking!

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