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Guide to Stocking Your Pantry

What to keep on hand to make cooking a delicious, nutritious meal easy every night of the week.

The best way to ensure you have everything you need to prepare delicious meals is to keep a well-stocked pantry. When you cook at home you can prepare healthy, nourishing food using quality, fresh ingredients—much better than prepared food that is often loaded with calories, fats, sodium and added sweeteners.

Refrigerator Basics

  • Low-fat milk or soymilk
  • Low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt and/or vanilla yogurt
  • Reduced-fat sour cream
  • Good-quality Parmesan cheese and/or Romano cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Eggs (large). Keep them on hand for fast omelets and frittatas.
  • Orange juice
  • Dry white wine. If you wish, substitute nonalcoholic wine.
  • Water-packed tofu
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