20 Ingredient Pantry For Stress Free Cooking

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Every pantry needs good olive oils. (credit: Michelle Mears-Gerst)

Every pantry needs good olive oils. (credit: Michelle Mears-Gerst)

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)  —  The Fresh20.com recommends that the following 20 ingredients always appear in your pantry for stress free cooking.


Kosher Salt
Black Pepper
Dried Oregano
Ground Cumin
Cayenne Pepper or Chili Powder
Hungarian Paprika
Herbs de Provence or Italian Seasoning

Notes: Spices are best used within a few months. For maximum flavor, try freshly ground salt and pepper. Save time by mixing dried herbs with fresh.



Notes: Keep two or three heads on hand.


Olive Oil
Vegetable Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
White Wine Vinegar
Raw Honey or Maple Syrup
Tamari or Soy Sauce
Chicken or Vegetable Broth, low sodium

Notes: When choosing brands for your pantry, keep it simple and buy quality. When you start with good basics, you’re halfway to a delicious meal.


Whole Grain Spaghetti
Brown Rice
Whole White Wheat Flour

Notes: Make every bite count toward health. Whole grains have more nutrients than white versions.


Organic Tomato Paste
Dijon Mustard

Notes: Buy tomato paste in a tube to reduce waste.


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