Here’s a great question about setting up a Coronavirus Pantry I got today from one of my Simple Meal Plans members on our monthly webinar this morning…
“Norway is shutting down because of coronavirus. What should I have in my pantry so I can go a while without buying food but still be able to cook interesting, healthy food?”
My first answer to Christiane was to download the Pantry eCookbook I include as a bonus for all members of Simple Meal Plans.
It’s packed with delicious healthy recipes using only ingredients from your pantry, fridge and freezer.
But I’ve also been thinking about my own pantry and the coronavirus situation.
How to Stock Your Coronavirus Pantry
The perfect food! Delicious, filling and packed with nutrition including healthy fats and fiber.
My nut stash includes macadamias, walnuts, pecans, almonds, almond meal, pine nuts, cashews, walnuts, brazil nuts and pistachios (both with and without shells).
On the seed front I love my linseeds (flax seeds). I have 2 tablespoons every day with home made yoghurt to keep me regular.
I’ve also just ordered a 4kg (8lb) bag of alfalfa seeds for sprouting.
Sprouts are definitely something to include in your pantry at any time but especially if access to fresh food becomes tricky.
See my step-by-step sprouting guide here.
If you need calories, fat is definitely your friend!
I keep extra virgin olive oil for salads and sauces and light flavoured olive oil for cooking.
And Kerrygold grass-fed Irish butter. Both salted and unsalted.
While I’m not losing sleep about supermarkets selling out of baked beans. I do have cans of cannellini beans, chickpeas and lentils on hand.
Given they contain more protein and fiber than grains, legumes are a much healthier choice than rice or pasta.
Acid is essential for seasoning properly (more on this here). And while I love lemons, vinegar is a winner from a pantry perspective.
Plus I couldn’t live without my daily shot of Apple Cider Vinegar.
We can’t live without salt. And it makes food taste amazing. No brainer.
Jars of flavour
These are things that add a big burst of flavour. Think olives, artichokes, grilled peppers, grilled eggplant, tomato paste, capers and anchovies.
Protein and OMega-3s! My favourites are sardines, mackerel and kippers. But I also keep tuna and wild salmon on hand.
Long life cheeses keep for months if not years in the fridge. My favourites are parmesan, feta and halloumi.
As long as I have spices, I know I won’t be missing out on flavour. Or variety!
At a minimum go for a good curry powder. Or see more on spices here.
Meat, fish and poultry all freeze well. Vegetarians might like to stock up on frozen tofu and tempeh.
My go-tos are broccoli, spinach and kale. If you like beans, peas and corn, go for it.
If I had a source of frozen artichoke hearts they would be included!
Long life Vegetables
I’ve had cabbage last for 3 months in the fridge. Definitely get yourself a cabbage or two.
Other good options include cauliflower, carrots, fennel, celeriac, kohlrabi, beets, radishes (without the tops), green onions (scallions).
Parsley is the more durable herb.
Fermented / Pickled Vegetables
I’m making a big batch of my simple sauerkraut this weekend. And very happy I have a stash of bread & butter pickles in the pantry.
All the root veg! Sweet potato, potato, garlic, onions.
Wow that’s a list.
I hope you find it helpful.
Need more Coronavirus Pantry Inspiration?
If you’re interested in the Bonus Pantry eCookbook I mentioned, you should totally join Simple Meal Plans and get yourself a copy.
As well as all my courses, ecookbooks AND weekly meal plans and shopping lists.
Although not a free set of steak knives ;)
What are you waiting for?
Have fun in the kitchen!