While the weather is still amazing, before we know it we’ll be hit with a cold front that will likely have you wanting to stay in your apartment rather than head out for food. You might also find yourself spending too much money on fast food or eating out but don’t know how to stock your kitchen to cook at home. 

Thankfully, most meals can be made with a few basic ingredients. Below, we’ll be offering some advice on how to stock each area of your kitchen so that you always have the food you need to create a tasty meal. In the meantime, if your apartment kitchen just isn’t cutting it, make sure to check out Stone Creek Apartments in Fort Collins.


  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Oatmeal/Oats

Rice, pasta, and grains can be a hearty base for any meal. Pasta can be used to make everything from beef stroganoff to spaghetti to mac and cheese while rice can beef up taco bowls. Quinoa is great to toss into a salad or as a side with chicken or fish. Oats are great for breakfast or you can make a tasty and easy dessert with them when you have a sweet tooth. 

Canned/Jarred Items

  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Marinara sauce
  • Beans (black, pinto, refried, kidney)
  • Corn
  • Tuna
  • Chicken

These are some non-perishable basics that can be used throughout the year. Cook up some ground beef with a jar of marinara sauce to make an easy spaghetti. Beans and tomato products make up the base of most chilis which can be cooked with a crockpot in your apartment kitchen. Canned tuna and chicken can be mixed with some mayo to make a protein-packed lunch. With the above items in your apartment kitchen, you have the bulky, hearty ingredients you need for a good meal. 


  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Basil
  • Chili powder
  • Oregano
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Cumin
  • Italian seasoning
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar 

Of course, what’s a meal without some flavor? With the above spices, you’ll have almost everything you need to make a number of dishes. Garlic and onion powder can add depth to just about any meal. You also have plenty of “swappable” ingredients in the list above. For example, if a recipe calls for thyme and you don’t have it, basil or oregano make a great substitute. In a pinch, cumin can take the place of garam masala or curry powder. Cinnamon can be used if you don’t have allspice or pumpkin pie spice. If you run out of chili powder, mix together some cumin and paprika. The possibilities are endless when you stock the kitchen in your Fort Collins apartment with a few basic spices. 

In The Fridge

  • Eggs
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard 
  • Ketchup
  • Worchestire sauce
  • Soy sauce 
  • Cheese (Parmesan, cheddar, American)
  • Butter
  • Chicken or beef bullion

These fridge items can get you through most recipes whether they are baked treats or extravagant meals. Mayonnaise can be used as a base for tuna or chicken salad, and mustard is a common flavoring ingredient in many recipes such as beef stroganoff, casseroles, stews, or marinades. Soy sauce can be used to flavor rice dishes and is a main ingredient in homemade teriyaki sauce. Bullion is long-lasting and a good way to add depth to stews, soups, sauces, and chilis. Cheese can be used on sandwiches, tacos, pasta, or just to snack on. And who doesn’t love ketchup?

In The Freezer

  • Frozen veggies
  • Frozen meat (sausages, ground beef, chicken)
  • Frozen potatoes

When you need a quick, healthy side for a meal, throw a bag of frozen vegetables in the microwave. Keeping your meat frozen ensures it doesn’t go bad for months and can be thawed quickly in the microwave or overnight in the fridge. Frozen potatoes, whether they are frozen hash browns, french fries, or diced, make for a comforting and filling side dish on a cold night and can spruce up breakfast.

Countertop Basics

  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic

These items will eventually go bad, but have a pretty long counter life if they are stored in a cool, dry area. Onions and garlic are great for flavoring just about any dish, whereas potatoes are good to have on hand for stews or nicer dinners. 

Cooking And Baking Basics

  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vinegar (balsamic, white, apple cider)
  • Flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda

These are the typical pantry items you should always have on hand in your Fort Collins apartment. With these, you have the background ingredients often needed for cooking or baking. From baking a cake to thickening a stew, flour and cornstarch are essential ingredients. Olive and vegetable oil are good for cooking meats and vegetables in the oven or on the stove. Baking powder and baking soda are often needed when baking to ensure the right texture of the final product. 

Experience A Luxury Kitchen At Our Fort Collins Apartments

Our Fort Collins apartments offer luxury living at an affordable price. Our units include beautiful kitchens with spacious countertops, good storage space, and stainless steel appliances. With the above ingredients on hand in your pantry, fridge, and freezer, you will always be able to whip up a delicious meal without leaving your apartment. 

We would love to have you at Stone Creek where luxury meets affordability. In addition to our beautiful kitchens, we also have amenities including cozy wood-burning fireplaces, private balconies or patios, spacious floor plans, a heated saltwater pool, and much more. Reach out today to inquire about living at our Fort Collins apartments!