menu planning staple list

A menu planning staple list is a must in every household. Having a list of regular items you consume weekly or monthly will help you keep organized and will help you stay on top of buying them before they run out!

So.. at this point, you may have some idea of what I am talking about, but you still may be thinking... what is it exactly?

what exactly is a staple list?

Basically, it is list of items that you will always have on hand. These are items that are a must because you probably use or eat them frequently, if not daily, and you need to make sure you have them in stock. Most of the list will contain your breakfast and lunch items, but will also include snacks and drinks. 

At this point, it may seem unnecessary, but the importance of creating a staple list can not be stressed enough if you are going to be successful in planning and creating meals. I never realized how effective having a staple list was until I started one. 

so how does a staple list help create meals?

By using my meal planning system and my staple list, I never have to plan for breakfast, lunch, snacks or drinks! The only meal I plan for is dinner!

For example, for breakfast, I don't have to wonder if I have any cereal left or whether I even have any breakfast items in the house. As long as I work off of my staple list, I always have breakfast covered. Again, when it comes to lunch, I always have something on hand whether it's left overs or just a can of soup.

The secret is in what items you decide to put on your list. Depending on how thorough it is or not, it will make or break your menu ideas. When I create my shopping list for the week, I'll take a quick peak at the"zones" in my kitchen  and will know instantly if any of the items need replenishing. 

So... I mentioned that the trick in creating a staple list is knowing what to put on it. I'll give you an example of my own staple list to give you an idea. Again, you put whatever items you always want on hand on your own list.

Example of my own staple list

breakfast items

  • Milk
  • Coffee
  • Creamer
  • Bagels
  • Oatmeal
  • Cream Cheese
  • Butter
  • Granola Bars
  • Cereal
  • Juice (1 type either Orange or Pomegranate) I also have a juicer so I usually use fresh fruit.
  • Fresh Fruit (at least 2-3 different kinds)

lunch items

  • Bread
  • Deli Meat (at least one kind)
  • Cheese (for sandwiches)
  • Canned Soup (at least 5 cans)

dry goods

  • Spaghetti
  • Rice
  • Onions
  • Garlic

canned goods

  • Soups
  • Chicken Broth 
  • Tomato Paste


  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1-2 bottles of White and/or Red Wine


  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Tajin (Mexican seasoning)
  • Hot Sauce

Hope you get an idea of how to create a staple list. This list will help you get your grocery shopping list started and all you have to do is just make sure you have the essentials on hand!

Here are a few tips on how to create a quick and easy grocery shopping list!

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