Basic cupboard ingredients


It’s easy to put together a healthy meal if you have the right ingredients. By having some basic store cupboard ingredients you’ll be less tempted to grab a ready meal or order a takeaway. There are lots of simple, healthy, cheap and delicious ingredients you can have in the cupboard to make a tasty meal. Below is a list of basic items which may help when planning to stock your cupboard:


  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Natural yoghurt

Cans, jars and bottles:

  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Beans – baked, butter, cannelloni, kidney, etc
  • Tuna
  • Chickpeas
  • Sweet corn
  • Rapeseed oil – low in saturated fat it’s a good choice for cooking with
  • Mayonnaise
  • Low salt soy sauce
  • Tomato sauce
  • Worcester sauce
  • Tomato puree
  • Mustard

Herbs and spices:

  • Low salt sock cubes – vegetable, chicken, beef
  • Salt
  • White pepper
  • Black pepper
  • Dried mixed herbs
  • Chilli powder
  • Turmeric
  • Garam masala – contains lots of spices giving you the starter for a curry!

Dried foods:

  • Self-raising flour
  • Plain flour
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Lentils – red, green etc
  • Dried fruit – sultanas, apricots, raisins etc


  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Garlic