Lamb shanks are superb for slow cooking, and I recommend Chef lance's suggestions.
Mine for a basic pantry store:
Beans, canned: black beans, red kidney, white
Beans, dried: red kidney, great northern, lima, lentils, split pea, black, pinto
Broth, dried and canned: beef, vegetable, chicken
Cinnamon (if you like it) is a great spice.
Wheat flour is also a good one to add.
Splenda instead of sugar...more healthy, as well.
Wheat flour, dried buttermilk, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder. Pepper, bread crumbs, dried potatoes. to name just a few in my kitchen. Cocoa.
Choose small containers and only purchase those condiments that will be used regularly.
Luncheon meats/canned tuna.
Peanut butter, jelly
Canned or frozen fruits and vegetables.
Choose any of these:
dehydrated onion pieces
ground sage (great with poultry)
baking powder and baking soda
chicken bullion cubes
beef bullion cubes