Low Carb Pantry

The pantry that I used to cook from has gone through some adjustments in the last few months. The following shows how I started with my standard pantry set up, took out the high carb food, and added some nutritional foods.  Also no high fructose corn syrup or nitrates allowed.  Items taken from the pantry are crossed off and the new items are in bold. As you can see the changes are small, but, believe me,  have made a significant difference. I admit I am still learning.

Basics of the Low Carb/Fresh Hand Me Down Pantry


  • Whole
  • Crushed
  • Diced
  • Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chilies)
  • Paste
  • Sauce


  • Black
  •  Great Northern (white)
  • Chick Peas (bean or pea, what will it be?)
  • Kidney
  • Red
  • Rice
  • Brown
  • Parboiled (Uncle Ben’s)
  • Brown Instant
  • Potatoes-Whatever you like
  • Pasta- Whole Wheat or one with extra fiber and protein
  • Penne
  • Spaghetti
  • Lasagna noodles
  • Egg noodles


  • Chicken/Beef broth
  • Cream of mushroom
  • Cream of chicken

Fresh Herbs (These grow in my yard and in pots on my patio . I just snip and go.)

  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Basil (plant a few so we can make pesto in the summer)
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Chives
  • Thyme
  • Mint
  •  Rosemary
  •  Dill

Dried Seasoning and such- I prefer fresh but that isn’t always possible.

  • Oregano
  • Cumin
  • Garlic Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Salt-Kosher and Sea
  • Paprika
  • Tarragon
  • Chilli powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Crushed red pepper


  • Olive
  • Butter
  • Ghee
  • Coconut oil
  •  Canola
  • Sesame oil
  • Rice vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)

Nuts/Seeds- Raw and unsalted

  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine
  •  Almonds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds

Veggies/Fruits (Many other fresh fruits and veggies are brought home in season. These are always in the house as a basic pantry set up. Organic when possible.)

  •  Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Romaine
  • Green beans
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Jalapenos (fresh and in jar)
  • Celery
  •  Bell peppers (all colors)
  • White/red/green/yellow onions
  • Corn (fresh and frozen)
  • Peas (fresh and frozen)
  •  Lemons/limes
  • Berries (fresh and frozen)
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Avocados


  • Shredded Block cheeses; cheddar, parmesan, jack, swiss…..(shred it your self and stop eating caking agent)
  • Feta
  • Parmesan
  • Blue cheese
  • Mozzarella
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Milk/Cream
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Almond Milk


  • Ground meats (beef, turkey etc.)
  • Sirloin
  • Flank Steak
  • Pork Chops
  • Chicken Breasts- whole and skinless/boneless
  • Fish (whatever looks good and is on sale; tilapia, salmon, shrimp are always in my freezer)
  • Cold cuts/Bacon-Nitrate free
  • Nut butter

Other essentials

  • Spaghetti Sauce (no high fructose corn syrup and only if you know what all the ingredients are)
  • Salsa
  • Sriracha
  • Olives
  • Honey
  • Horseradish
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Ketchup (no high fructose corn syrup)
  • Mustard (So many choices. I keep Dijon, yellow, stone ground)
  • Blue Corn chips (because you can’t make crunchy avocado salad without them)
  •  Worcestershire sauce
  • Coconut Water and Milk
  • Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice
  • Chia Seeds
  • Mayo (no high fructose corn syrup)


  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Oatmeal
  • Almond Meal
  • Coconut Flour
  •  Flax Meal
  • Garbanzo Bean Flour
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Apple Butter

That’s it! Now let’s get cooking. I will add recipes to the homepage and on the Low Carb Pantry page.  There are many, many recipes that can be made from these ingredients.



About Comfort Cooking On Island Time

There are two things I can't resist; an old recipe handed down and passed around, and the beach. Growing up in the midwest I was introduced to true comfort food but always dreamed of a different landscape, and climate. Recently I acquired a 50 year old beach house. While stumbling after the great cooks of my past, I am focused on a future with cool waves and gently breezes......and watermelon rind pickles of course!
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