Meal Prep by Clo
I absolutely love seeing behind the scenes of other bloggers and vloggers, I love seeing around their homes, but especially love seeing what’s in their pantry and fridge (I have a thing for kitchens..). So I’ve decided to be that blogger for you today and let you in on the details of my go-to staples in my personal pantry and fridge. For those who are new to my blog, I am a long time vegetarian (15 years), with the exception of seafood every now and again, so ‘meat’ is not part of my personal staples.
Ready to get behind the scenes with me in my kitchen? Shopping list at the ready..
Shop Code: A – Aldi, WW – Woolworths, S – The Source Bulk Foods, H – health food shop, F – fruit shop, M – markets, O – online
My pantry staples..
Dry ingredients – grains, flours, powders, nuts, seeds
- rolled oats (A/S)
- brown rice (A/WW)
- gluten free pasta (rice pasta, buckwheat pasta, mixture of both – I found lentil pasta once and it was amazing) (WW/S/H)
- natural almond meal (S)
- LSA (A/S)
- pysillium husk (S)
- coconut flour (S/H)
- cacao powder (S)
- baking powder (WW)
- curry powder (WW)
- natural almonds (A/S)
- walnuts (S)
- chia seeds (S)
- sesame seeds (S)
- poppy seeds (WW)
- seed mix (pepitas, sunflower seeds etc.) (S)
- coconut flakes (S)
- shredded coconut (S)
- pink rock salt (A)
- black pepper (A)
- ground cinnamon (A)
- ground nutmeg (WW)
- ground cardamom (WW)
- ground turmeric (WW)
- herb spice mix (A/WW/O)
- cayenne pepper (WW)
- chilli flakes (WW)
- vegetable stock (WW)
- olive oil (A)
- coconut oil (A)
- coconut butter (A)
- passata (A/WW)
- tamari (WW)
- peanut butter (100% peanuts – I love almond butter too) (A/S)
- unhulled tahini (WW/S)
- honey (A)
- pure maple syrup (A/WW)
- tinned diced tomatoes (A/WW)
- tinned legumes (red kidney beans + 5 bean mix are my favourite) (A/WW)
- vanilla essence (WW)
- ACV (apple cider vinegar) (A)
- dandelion root tea (WW)
- matcha powder (O)
- vegan/plant based protein powder (O)
My fridge (freezer) staples..
- almond milk (WW)
- organic natural yoghurt (A/WW)
- free range eggs (I try to buy organic too when I can) (A)
- variety of veggies (eat the rainbow and with the season!) – eg. sweet potato, carrot, zucchini, capsicum, red onion, mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumber (A/WW/F/M)
- variety of fruit – eg. bananas and apples (A/WW/F/M)
- frozen blueberries and frozen raspberries (A/WW)
Where I shop and what I buy from them specifically..
I’ve coded the above lists to correspond with the shops below in case you are further interested in the exact products I get. Please note though that if I’ve noted more than one place it’s because I do mix it up where I shop depending on what’s on special and where I’m able to get to on my day off. I’m not yet that girl who gets to the farmers markets every weekend (though that’s the dream right).
This is where I buy most of my basics above, because it is really affordable (I find Aldi makes a huge impact on my budget) and they have a really good organic range now which I absolutely love.
This is where I buy my coconut oil, Aldi’s own Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
Aldi had a special part in their catalogue recently where they brought in coconut butter so I grabbed some, Aldi’s own Organic Coconut Butter. I really hope they make it a regular product on their shelves.
I’m a Woolies girl at heart (thanks Mum..). On the odd occasion I will go to Coles as that’s what is close to me at work in the city, but otherwise Woolies is my go to bigger supermarket.
This is where I buy my almond milk (I don’t drink cows milk). I have 2 absolute favourite almond milk’s that I get from Woolworths, Pure Harvest Activated Almond Milk – Unsweetened Original and Australia’s Own Organic Almond Milk – Unsweetened.
I also buy my tamari from Woolworths, tamari is a healthier alternative to regular soy sauce. I like Pure Harvest Organic Tamari – Traditional Soy Sauce.
The Source Bulk Foods (S)
This is where I stock up on all my pantry staples for all of my creations and recipes. You can take all of your own jars and containers to your local The Source Bulk Foods and fill them up which saves packaging, saves you money and the products are most definitely better, and of course something really important to me, you are supporting a family owned business.
Health Food Shop (H)
Sometimes I shop at a health food shop called Go Vita and also at Biome.
Fruit Shop (F)
Sometimes if I’m near a fruit shop I will stock up on basic veggies and fruit.
Sometimes I go to the markets before a supermarket to get basic veggies and fruit.
This weeks task
It’s time to give your pantry and fridge a makeover, doing what you can with what you have. This weekend I did my little pantry. Here’s some behind the scenes of the process and the finished product just for you..
I hope after reading this blog post you are feeling excited about your little kitchen makeover and your pantry and fridge staples. If you have any questions about any of the above please leave them in the comments below. Make sure to subscribe to SPARKLE on darling back on the home page to ensure you don’t miss the next blog post from the ‘Meal Prep by Clo’ series.
All my love,