Packing your Pantry (part 1)

A properly stocked pantry is a must for any home cook– that’s especially true now. An organized pantry provides both stability and a sense of calm in stressful times.

That’s why we put together this handy guide to help you pack your pantry:

Vegan tuna sandwich made from chickpeas
Vegan tuna sandwich made from chickpeas

01 Legumes

are your best friend. Canned beans are a fantastic way to add protein to your diet without too much of a hassle. They have long shelf lives and are easy to store and organize. Garbanzo beans, aka chickpeas, are especially versatile. You can easily whip up fresh hummus, baked crispy beans, or a “Chickpea of the Sea” vegan tuna salad.

Pro Tip: save the aquafaba, the liquid from the can, and make vegan “meringues”.

Another legume, lentils, are a favorite to add a boost of protein, fiber, and flavor to any meal. For a meal in under an hour, try this lentil and coconut curry from The Endless Meal.

Coconut Lentil Curry in a bowl
Coconut Lentil Curry in a bowl

Photos from The Endless Meal

02 Rice

comes in many varieties, each with their own shelf life and purpose. White rice can stay fresh for years when stored in an airtight container. Stock up on Arborio, long-grain, basmati, and jasmine varieties to keep your meals fresh.

Tri-tip tacos with sauces
Egg on a flatbread

03 Bread, tortillas, and naan

are pantry staples worldwide. Naan, a leavened flatbread, lasts in both the refrigerator and the freezer. French baguettes and sandwich breads will hold up well in a breadbox or in the freezer. Tortillas, both corn and flour, have long shelf lives and lend themselves to a variety of delicious dishes. Combine your favorite tortillas with this beautifully simple tri-tip recipe for tacos, enchiladas or burritos.

Salmon cakes with creamy dill sauce
Salmon cakes with creamy dill sauce

Photo from The Candid Appetite

04 Spice

up your cabinet. When thinking of stocking your pantry, spices might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but they’re vital – they’ll keep your meals varied and vibrant.

For a twist on a classic, grab your box of Old Bay and give these delicious salmon cakes with creamy dill sauce a try.


  1. Ellen Katzmab says:

    Love your store; however, because of my age I am unable to come in to shop, including early morning hours. Before this pandemic. I was in W Hollywood and/or Santa Monica store 4-5 times a week. Now, Bristol farms market is not available. I need delivery service.
    Why have you not. When will this be available?

  2. Debbie Castner says:

    What a great email! Offering staples that last vs language that causes stress and anxiety while we are dealing with all that Coronavirus has laid upon us.

    A beautiful and useful marketing piece. Bravo!

  3. Donnamarie says:

    There were no canned goods 2 days ago in the Santa Monica store. So this pantry article is useless. Huge bags of rice in stock.

    1. Leslie Thomas says:

      Hi there. We are so incredibly sorry for the massive inconvenience. Please know, we are stocking our shelves throughout the day, when shipments arrive. Our team is stopping at nothing to ensure the best possible grocery experience during these uncertain times. We apologize for falling (very) short this time and will make sure that the Santa Monica store director and management sees your concerns so that we can do everything in our power to improve. Thank you for leaving this very valuable feedback.

  4. Michelle Prather says:

    Hi Ellen! We have implemented senior hours from 6am – 7am everyday.
    read our Coronavirus FAQs or find your closest store to look up their store hours. Don’t forget about your 10% off discount for seniors every Tuesday.

  5. Michelle Prather says:

    Thanks for the read, Debbie. There’s more excited content to come!

  6. Deborah F says:

    Is the 10% off discount for seniors every Tuesday available at Westwood?

    1. Michelle Prather says:

      Yes, Deborah! Every location participates in the 10% off for seniors every Tuesday.

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