Staple Foods

Stock Your Kitchen with Staples.

Planning meals is easier when you have staples on hand. Staples are foods that your family likes and uses often. In the cupboard, staples are foods that keep well for a long time — like pasta, dry beans, and canned vegetables. In the refrigerator and freezer, staples are foods that you use often to prepare meals.

Cooking and eating meals at home is a key step toward healthy eating.  Stock your kitchen with staples from each food group so you will be ready to make quick healthy meals.

This tip gives ideas for stocking healthy staples from each food group:

“Shop” for ingredients in your own pantry!

Staples can help you save time and money.

  • No more running to the grocery store midweek when you can “shop” for ingredients in your own pantry! 
  • You can make a healthy meal at home for less time and less money than you’d spend going to a fast food restaurant or ordering take-out (Food Hero Quick to Fix recipes). 
  • Stocking your kitchen with staples means you can buy them when they go on sale. This will cost you much less in the long run.
Last updated: 01/09/13

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