My Ultimate Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Pantry

Since beginning my family’s dairy-free, gluten-free adventure, I’ve rebuilt my pantry—starting by removing any foods containing dairy and gluten from the cabinets, fridge and freezer to make space for new foods. Plus, the more recipe-ready you are before cooking and baking dairy-free and gluten-free, the more options you’ll have for what you can make easily and quickly. Ultimately, all this comes down to feeling satisfied when it’s time to sit down and enjoy a meal with your family and friends.

When I started meal prepping for my family, I refined my pantry so I could do more with less.

Now I stock my cabinets with essential ingredients that work well for meal prepping—meaning they’re accessible, affordable and store well—and that form the foundation for many meals I cook regularly. Then I round out my kitchen options with what I refer to as flavor enhancers—ingredients that boost the flavor of almost everything I make.

Here are my ultimate pantry staples to get your dairy-free, gluten-free meal-prep journey started from my upcoming cookbook, Dairy-Free Meal Prep: Easy, Budget-Friendly Meals to Cook, Prep, Grab and Go:

BREAKFAST BASICS
*  Almond butter
*  Cinnamon, ground
*  Flour, all-purpose or gluten-free
*  Honey
*  Pure maple syrup
*  Oats, old-fashioned rolled or certified gluten-free

FLAVOR ENHANCERS
* Broth, chicken or vegetable
* Chipotle paste
* Mustard, Dijon
* Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
* Tomato purée, canned

GRAINS AND BEANS
* Beans, black and cannellini, canned
* Quinoa, dried
* Rice, basmati
* Spaghetti or short pasta, dried

OILS, VINEGAR AND SPICES
* Black pepper
* Chili powder
* Oil, avocado (or other neutral-flavored oil and olive)
* Sea salt
* Vinegar, apple cider and rice wine

ROOTS AND TUBERS
* Garlic
* Onions, red and yellow
* Potatoes, such as Idaho and Yukon Gold

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