Friday, March 7, 2014

What I keep in my kitchen.

I've been asked a lot lately what I keep on hand food wise.  So I thought I would let you all in my kitchen. 
In my freezer I always have frozen vegetables and frozen fruit.  The veggies are great to quickly saute for a side dish on a busy night.  I also will throw them in a casserole, soup, stew, or stir fry for extra bulk and nutrition.  The fruit is great to have on hand for smoothies for a fast breakfast or snack.  I have also been playing around with frozen berries for "syrup" to go on pancakes and homemade ice cream.
In the refrigerator I always keep coconut aminos, fish sauce, coconut flour, ghee, mustard, eggs, fresh produce, homemade mayo, and salad dressings (as natural as I can get).   The coconut aminos and fish sauce I use to season meat and veggies for that "Chinese Restaurant" taste without the extra MSG, gluten, soy, and other additives.
The coconut flour I use to make treats for the family and to thicken up stews.  Honestly, I don't like to bake often but when I do I prefer coconut flour.  I will honestly tell you that it takes some getting used to and a little bit of coconut flour goes a LONG way!
In my pantry I keep diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.  I also keep macadamia nuts, almonds, assorted seeds, and cashews along with unsweetened dried fruit.
For baking and cooking I keep coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, olive oil, garlic, vanilla beans, cumin, chili powder, parsley, turmeric, basil, parsley, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, garlic, vanilla, and anything else that looks interesting at the store.
These of course are my basics.  Your kitchen is going to look different but these are my fall backs that I ALWAYS keep on hand.  Do you have basics that you always keep on hand?  What are your favorite kitchen staples?


  1. Where on EARTH do you find Macadamia nut oil?! I need to stock it in my kitchen but its a hard find and I bet it costs a bit.

    I would love love have your kitchen!

  2. I find it on Amazon, Natural Grocers, and any other health food store. I prefer to order through Amazon though. It isn't cheap but I mainly use it to make mayo.