A Day On My Plate & My Kitchen Cupboard Essentials

a.k.a) What I try to eat when all I want is Dominos


‘What I Eat in a Day’ videos are pretty much my favourite type of video to film. I mean, I get to make a load of food, film it all and then consume the end result. What’s there not to love about that? It’s actually been a while since my last one, so I thought it was about time I checked in again and showed you what my current weekday menu looks like. Now this was a little different as I filmed it in the festive break, so there’s a bit of Christmas flavour in there – a Miniature Hero there, a peppermint cream there – but it’s pretty much what I like to eat Monday to Friday.

To go with today’s video I thought I’d open up my kitchen cupboards and show you some of the contents. You know those things that you always have stock-pile, that have the ability to beef up a meal or be the base to cook up something entirely when all you have in the fridge is one lonely egg? Yeah those bits. Say hello to my healthy kitchen essentials…


I’m a sweet-toothed gal, so let’s get the boring savoury stuff out of the way first. I’m just like my Mum and always have about 20 tins of chopped tomatoes in the cupboard. Not only are they a great base for stews and soups, you can also mix them into a Shakshuka or whip ’em into a quick pasta sauce – bit of basil, bit of garlic, done. I also buy about 10 packs of cooked rice when it’s on offer. The Tilda Brown Steamed Basmati Rice & Quinoa is my favourite and helps to beef out lunches and dinners. Sometimes I add it to greens, sweetcorn and tuna for a quick salad or stuff some into fajita with all the trimmings for dinner. Speaking of tuna – I always make sure I have tins stocked up. Oh, if I had a penny for every time I’ve had some tuna, rice and random leftovers from the fridge for lunch…

Right – onto the good stuff. I feel like a big snooze mentioning the Tiana Coconut Oil again, but this stuff really is incredible and I use it all the time in cooking and baking (side note: this has no coconut scent!). It’s also great in energy ball recipes, which is why I always keep a good amount of nuts and seeds in my cupboards too. I’m rather fond of pistachios and pumpkin seeds and tend to add these to whatever granola I’m using or just sprinkle them on top of yogurt for a snack. Speaking of granola, I like to have some on hand to dip into whenever I fancy something sweet. The Lizi’s ones are great – pecan and treacle? HELLO.

I like to have some kind of protein powder to add to smoothies or just mix into pancake batters for breakfast or energy balls for an extra protein hit. I’m currently using up this WelleCo The Super Elixir Nourishing Protein, but Neat Nutrition and MyProtein do great options too. Then finally my kitchen cupboards wouldn’t be complete without a jar of chocolate chips (I use these ones from Amazon). I’m a cookie making machine so I always have some on hand to mix into my dough or just throw in my mouth. Seriously – why does chocolate taste better in chip-form? 

Photos by Lauren Shipley



  • That all looks so healthy! Off to watch the video now.

  • I have a big sweet tooth as well, and trying to cut down the sugar proves a hard task. Any suggestions are very welcome.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Ronja

    ‘A day on my plate’ sounds even better than ‘what i eat in a day’ 😀 btw waiting desperately for a Book with nutrition & organization tips by you!

    • I thought the same thing about the title! x

  • Everything is so healthy so good on you. I too love anything sweet so so much it’s awful! Beautiful pictures also.
    The Pale Tails
    – Beckie x

  • Lizi’s Granola is my favourite – I absolutely love the Eat Natural nuts and seeds cereal as well, highly recommend for fans of a sweeter/nuttier breakfast!

    – Natalie

  • Girl, you should add roasted seaweed and sesame seeds to your rice/quinoa and tuna lunches – DIY sushi bowl, done! 😉 x

  • You look great! Love the sound of all these foods x

  • Love this!! I always have brown rice in the cupboard too, such a great staple ingredient!

    Rachael xx.

  • Some lovely essentials – I loved the WIEIAD video as well Anna (as always) 🙂
    – Ambar x

  • Love your ‘What I Eat in a Day’ videos! I would say oats are definitely one of my cupboard staples – great for pancakes, baking, granola, porridge etc etc haha ♥

    Amy //

  • I absolutely love the ‘What I Eat in a Day’ videos that you do!! Definitely going to have to try out some of your essentials 🙂

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

  • Anna

    Thanks for the video Anna! Totally loved it. Made myself a caramelised onion and feta omelette for supper slash late late snack — it’s absolutely delicious.

  • Grace Campbell

    I love this type of post, I find it so interesting and inspiring plus I am a little nosy!!

    Grace x

  • The chicken looks so good! x

  • Lovely video- all the food looked so good 🙂