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Stocking Your Pantry during Coronavirus

March 23, 2020

Let’s stock our kitchen to prepare for COVID-19.  Good eating begins with making your kitchen meal-ready.  With a few basics on hand, you will be better equipped to pull together simple meals to keep your family healthy. 

Starling’s registered dietitian, Elisa Marley RD CD, provides some useful hints below:


Grains: dry pasta, cereals, rice, couscous

Beans (canned or dry):  black, pinto, kidney, chickpea, lentil, cannellini

Canned fruits (packed in juice):  pineapples, peaches, mandarin oranges, pears

Broths (low salt): chicken, beef, vegetable

Canned tomatoes: diced, crushed, whole, tomato sauce

Nut Butters: peanut, almond, cashew

Oils:  olive, avocado, canola, nonfat cooking spray

Condiments: Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, low salt soy sauce

Spices:  kosher salt, black pepper, dried Italian seasoning, bay leaves

Other: trail mix, Lipton dry chicken noodle soup mix


Sports drinks, juice boxes, oral supplements (Boost/Ensure), individually wrapped cheeses, cottage cheese, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, single-serving pudding, custard, gelatin, single-serving fruit cups, applesauce, single-serving hummus, and guacamole


Frozen vegetable, waffles, ice cream