28 Pantry Staples That Make Feeding Yourself Feel Less Like a Chore

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One tester said: “I have tried many GF pastas and this is the only one that tastes like real pasta—not like chickpeas or peas or beans or something else.”

Dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian

Jovial Foods 100% Organic Gluten-Free Brown Rice Fusilli

Jovial Foods

100% Organic Gluten Free Brown Rice Fusilli (12 oz.)

Why we love it: Fusilli lovers know that texture makes all the difference in a pasta dish, and this version of the beloved shape doesn’t disappoint. It cooks to a perfectly chewy al dente—often hard to accomplish sans gluten.

One tester said: “You know that weird, gritty, dense taste that most gluten-free pastas have? This one doesn’t have it AT ALL. My sister, who is skeptical of all things gluten- free, was genuinely surprised that it wasn’t my regular fusilli.”

Dairy-free, gluten-free, Kosher, nut-free, vegan

Eleven Madison Park’s Granola

Eleven Madison Home

Why we love it: Eleven Madison Park’s granola brings a little luxury to the humble pantry; one tester called it downright “posh.” From its chic packaging to its satisfying, flavorful crunch, it’ll make every breakfast feel like a five-star hotel spread.

One tester said: “The oats are a nice level of crunchy, and the ratio of fruit to nuts is perfect. It’s delicious enough for snacking on its own or even as a dessert topping. This sparked major joy for me!”


Stellar Granola

Stellar Granola

The OG Granola (8 oz.)

Why we love it: Stellar Granola lives up to its name: The paper packaging gives it a homemade and wholesome feel, with a simple ingredient list to match. With unique flavors like Golden Milk and Everything Bagel, it’s the perfect way to dress up sweet or savory dishes—or, go ahead, just munch on it straight out of the bag.

One tester said: “These granolas are by far the best Pantry Awards product I’ve ever received; I tried five different flavors and I truly couldn’t pick a favorite because I love them all.”

Dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, vegan

Nature’s Path Gluten Free Brown Sugar Maple Instant Oatmeal

Nature’s Path

Gluten Free Brown Sugar Maple Oatmeal (11.3 oz.)

Why we love it: Our oatmeal connoisseurs found a favorite in this preportioned classic from Nature’s Path. It’s quick and easy—ready in minutes in the microwave or overnight in the fridge—without sacrificing quality, consistency, or flavor. (And, as a bonus, it’s gluten-free.)

One tester said: “This oatmeal thickens the best out of any I’ve tried; it’s easy to throw in the microwave, and with a scoop of peanut butter, some chia seeds, and almond milk, it makes the perfect weekday breakfast.”

Gluten-free, Kosher, nut-free, vegan

Purely Elizabeth Vanilla Blueberry Almond Superfood Cereal with Vitamin D

Purely Elizabeth

Vanilla Blueberry Almond Superfood Cereal with Vitamin D (11 oz.)

Why we love it: The problem with cereal is that it’s rarely as filling as you want it to be, no matter how delicious the recipe. Well, this fixes all that—with crunchy clusters of oats, almonds, chia seeds, and quinoa, Purely Elizabeth’s works hard and tastes good doing it.

One tester said: “This is my new favorite cereal! It’s the perfect combo of crunchy, earthy, sweet, filling, and refreshing. I would honestly eat it every day for breakfast—and as a nighttime snack too.”


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