Herbs, Spices & Oils
The first pantry item has to be salt. Traditional table salt is terrible for your body. The absolute best salt for you is Celtic Sea Salt because of all the trace minerals and it also tastes better than other salt. If not you can always have just regular sea salt or Himalayan salt on hand.
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil has always been my favorite oil and this Kirkland brand tastes great. I use it sometimes in baking or frying but mostly on salads and as a finish to soups instead of using parmesan.
Not all Coconut Oil is the same. Nutiva makes the best tasting and the cleanest coconut oil. Coconut oil can be used in baking and frying so I always have it on hand. I also use it to shave with, remove my make-up and in my deodorant.
Fresh peppercorns can be found at a bin store or at most grocery stores. I recommend using freshly ground pepper over the other gray and flavorless stuff.
I buy a big bottle of Kirkland Granulated Garlic about once a year and use it in just about everything. The only ingredient is garlic, so if you are not a Costco shopper, look around and make sure the one you buy doesn't have anything else added. This is great for the nights you don't have fresh garlic on hand.
Trader Joe's Onion Salt is delicious and has simple ingredients. If you are not a TJ's shopper then a dehydrated granulated onion will do just fine. This is great to have on hand when you don't have any fresh onions.
Thyme is amazing for you. It is a natural anti-viral and really kicks up soups and potatoes. When buying a dried thyme, look for organic and make sure there only ingredient is thyme.
Just like with thyme, you want your dried oregano to be the only ingredient in what you buy. Oregano is amazing in Italian and Mexican food--which are my two favorite cuisines so I always have it on hand.
What's in my Pantry
Eating a whole foods, unprocessed diet means having a well-stocked pantry. Before I kept my pantry full of what I needed, I found myself often unable to make what I wanted and then buying processed foods out of frustration. I like to keep certain ingredients on hand to make a last minute recipe a real possibility. My frustration with a lot of gluten-free or vegan recipes is obscure ingredients, too many ingredients or not sharing things you can substitute in the recipe. I have tried to provide a list of what I actually have in my pantry and truly use. I have provided a link when available to the ingredients below.
Aluminum Free Baking Powder
Bob's Redmill Gluten-free Baking Flour
Organic Cane Sugar
Energ-G Egg Replacer
Other Good Staples
Other nuts and seeds
Nut and Seed Butters