The Emergency Stash

In any prepared person’s life, there comes a time when having an emergency stash becomes completely crucial.

Don’t worry, Mom, I’m not talking about anything illicit.

I’m talking about groceries.

Being that I’m (relatively) young and childless and am usually just cooking for myself, I occasionally “forget” to go to the store to pick up the week’s groceries.

Translation: sometimes I just don’t wanna go to the store.

Tonight was the first time that I’ve actually gone grocery shopping to fill my fridge for almost a month.

No, seriously.  I just checked my credit card statement (I always put groceries on my cc because I get extra cash back- woot woot) and I haven’t gone to Trader Joe’s since February 15.

I’m sorry, Joe.  I’m so sorry for my neglect.

I hope this massive hoard of food that I lugged home will make up for it.

Obviously I wasn’t eating out for all of my meals for the last 3 weeks, so how did I manage to feed myself?

Glad you asked.

I’m a big fan of stocking up on non-perishables and frozen foods and (get this) actually using them.

My go-to’s (in no particular order):

Chickpeas, garbanzo beans, ceci- whatever you call them, I’ll eat them.  I like them raw (in salads and hummus) and love them roasted, as seen here, here, and here.

Clearly there’s a slight obsession there.

(To roast: drain, rinse and pat dry if using canned. Place on a baking sheet and toss with a small amount of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and spices.  Bake at 400º for about 30 minutes until they start to get crispy and then broil for 5 minutes.)

They’re an excellent source of protein and a great snack in place of popcorn or chips (which I’m always running out of).

I always have a bag of pasta in my pantry.  It’s cheap, it lasts for a long time and it’s filling.

What more could I ask for?

FYI, this brown rice pasta from Trader Joe’s is awesome.  I’m not gluten free and I buy it all the time.

I don’t buy a ton of frozen veggies, but edamame (not a veggie, yes I know) and frozen spinach are always in my freezer.

Pasta+edamame+spinach = square, filling meal that doesn’t require any fresh ingredients.

Unless you count the cheese sauce that I always drench my pasta in.

I can’t help it.  Cheese is amazing.  I always make time to buy cheese.

Priorities, people.

Whenever I’m complaining that “I have nothing to eat” it usually means I’m making something with these ingredients.

Keep these on hand and you’ll always be able to feed yourself well.

Your moms can thank me for keeping your tummies happy.

What are your go-to pantry staples that you always have around for those times that you “forget” to buy food?

16 thoughts on “The Emergency Stash

  1. My go-to’s are chips! That’s usually all I have in my pantry… Cheetos for breakfast lunch and dinner! No doubt it’s healthy


  2. You owe TJs more than an apology! I think you should shop there everyday for the next month to repent 😉

    I always have quinoa, black beans and/or chickpeas, SmartDogs, tortillas, TJs Apple-cinn oatmeal, and chips (for the hubby)

  3. Tell your mom to relax. You’re grown and can have a bag full of drugs OR delicious food, if you want.

    I wish I could hang out at your place just to snack. If you ever want an eating buddy or someone to tell weird jokes while they hang out in your kitchen, let me know.

  4. Ha, I’m totally the same way when it comes to food shopping. My two main staples are brown rice and frozen broccoli. I try to have as much frozen produce on hand at all times. For a healthy weeknight meal, I’ll just saute up some veggies, add heaps of spice and serve over rice.

  5. Definitely pasta, beans and rice. I’ve been known to eat pasta with hot sauce and cheese on it and call it a meal.

  6. 3 kids and a husband, I only wish I could forget to go shopping sometimes! I’m horrible at keeping certain things on hand, I need to get better at that!

  7. Oh my goodness! Going to the grocery store is my favorite thing about Saturdays. I would NEVER be able to go that long without going grocery shopping – I think I might get withdrawals.

  8. I’ve been pretty bad about cooking at home lately, BUT I still have a stockpile of bread (in the freezer!), peanut butter, oatmeal, and canned soup. I can always scrounge up something with those ingredients 🙂

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