In my Cupboards, I have some staples and some food prep items that I like to share to help my readers. This will be an ever-growing list, so check back often for new items and ideas.

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When I married my husband, part of his dowry was a brand new Vitamix he’d recently bought for himself to make smoothies with. While it does indeed make wonderful smoothies, it also does the work of a food processor, and makes soups easy and delicious!

Instant Pot

Many of my friends and family have heard my husband and I wax eloquent about the wondrous Instant Pot! We bought it when the convection oven in the RV went down and we needed another food cooking option. We’d heard about this computerized electric pressure cooker and decided to look into it. The more we read, the better it sounded, so finally, we took the plunge. We couldn’t be happier with this versatile appliance that has several pre-programmed settings as well as a manual option. It can make soups, stews, porridge, winter squash, sweet potatoes, yogurt, rice, and so many other foods and one-pot dishes. It doesn’t make a mess, it doesn’t heat up the place, it retains nutrients, and it cooks way faster than anything else in my kitchen. We love it!


Food Items

Almond Flour / Meal

A low carb pantry wouldn’t be complete with almond flour, aka almond meal. If you have nut allergies, stay away from this. However, I’ve heard (but don’t quote me on this), that some people with nut allergies don’t have the same reaction to coconut, so the next item on this list might be more do-able.

Coconut Flour

Another low carb baking stable is coconut flour. It’s most commonly used in combination with almond flour, but it stands alone quite well, too, if you learn how to work with its idiosyncracies. This may or may not be suitable for those with nut allergies.

Swerve Sweetener

There are several sugar substitutes out there. Swerve seems to be a popular one among low carb bakers.

Unsweetened Shredded Coconut



Hemp Hearts


Golden Flax Seed


Gluten-free Granola


Tools & Implements

Set of measuring bowls







Simply Raw

This is a documentary about how going on a raw vegan diet for 30 days helped six diabetics dramatically improve their conditions. All of the participants saw radical drops in weight and blood sugar numbers, and were able to reduce or eliminate all of their diabetes medications. Even the Type 1’s reduced or eliminated their insulin usage! It’s an amazing and inspiring story.