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My store cupboard life savers (plus recipes)

Updated: Mar 8, 2021

It doesn't take many ingredients to put something together, just the right ingredients, or shall I say the right combo of baseline ingredients.

Here are my top tips on what to keep in your store cupboard!

Tins (BPA free tins or glass jars where possible):

  • Whole plum tomatoes (sauces, soups, stews and casseroles)

  • Green/brown lentils (soups, stews, veggie Bolognese, veggie burgers, dhals, etc.)

  • A variety of tinned beans including: mixed beans/ black beans/ kidney beans/ cannellini beans (stews, casseroles, dips)

  • Chickpeas (hummus, stews and casseroles)

  • Coconut milk  (soups and curries)

  • Good-quality tinned tuna, wild salmon and sardines (pasta dishes, fishcakes)

  • Good-quality anchovies  (seasoning for sauces and stews)


  • Soba noodles (made from buckwheat)

  • Basmati rice

  • Ready cooked lentils (great for adding to salads)

  • Quinoa (uncooked as well as ready-cooked packets for when you’re in a rush)

  • Dried pasta (get creative with plant-based ones too like chickpea, red lentil, green pea, black bean pasta varieties)

Jars & Bottles:

  • Mustard (wholegrain, Dijon, English)

  • Vinegar (red wine, cider, balsamic)  

  • Coconut oil/ avocado oil (to cook with)

  • Extra virgin olive oil (for dressings)

  • Soy sauce/ Tamari soy sauce

  • Thai fish sauce Capers

  • Passata/ tomato puree

  • Antipasti (sundried tomatoes, black olives, artichokes, roasted peppers, piquillo peppers)

  • Sugar-free nut butter


  • Nuts (unsalted almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans – use for sprinkling onto porridge, yoghurt, salads, stews)

  • Ground almonds

  • Porridge oats

  • Flaxseeds/ chia seeds

Herbs & Spices:

  • Oregano

  • Tarragon

  • Smoked paprika

  • Chilli flakes/ powder

  • Cinnamon / cinnamon sticks for teas

  • Coriander

  • Cumin

  • Ginger

  • Curry powder/ garam masala

  • Five spice

  • Sea salt/ Himalayan pink salt

  • Black peppercorns

  • Good quality (organic) stock like Kallo brand

I will keep adding to this list as I think of more items (most recently updated in May 2020).

Please also see the links below to my downloadable favourite recipes and get creative with your store cupboard items today!

Lots of love,

Jennifer xx


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