Here is my personal top twenty;
The things I always like to have on hand.
I wonder how many of these you usually stock in your pantry as well?
1. Canned chopped tomatoes
2. Whole oats
3. LSA (ground linseed, sunflower and almond meal)
5. Wholemeal flour
6. Vinegar – apple cider, red, white, balsamic
7. Oil – olive and rice bran
8. Natural unsalted nuts – almonds, brazil, macadamia, cashew, walnuts, pecans
9. Seeds – sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, chia
10. Dried fruit – dates, sultanas, apricots, coconut, figs
11. Canned chick peas, and canned beans
12. Canned lentils
13. Canned beetroot
14. Wholemeal cous cous
15. Brown rice
16. Wholemeal pasta
17. Coconut milk
18. Sauces – fish, oyster, sweet chilli
19. All and any herbs and spices – cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, chilli, curry powder, nutmeg, Chinese five spice, cinnamon, basil, oregano, Sage, thyme, parsley (although nothing beats fresh herbs where possible!)
20. Love – its all any household really needs!
With these items on hand, and of course together with your delicious fresh produce, you can serve up stunning salads, mains and lunches, do nutritious home baking and even make your own muesli.
I don't know what I'd do without them...?
I'd probably have to consider ordering take out which would be much less satisfying that the scrumptious creations that I can throw together in a jiffy with these on hand!
Why not try out some of these if there are any you don't already use. A change can be as good as a holiday and a new flavour can be like dining out in the comfort of your own home!
Some of my most common uses;
• Canned tomatoes in pizza sauce, spaghetti bolognaise or lasagne sauce, casseroles and curries.
• Wholemeal flour, LSA and bran for baking along with dates made into date puree for sweetening.
• Oats, bran, LSA, seeds and dried fruit to make muesli.
Olive oil and vinegar (with mustard) to make French vinaigrette – pretty much 7 days a week in our house.
• Instant salad – lentils and beetroot with vinaigrette (fresh parsley and shallots are great with this).
• Chick peas, also great in salads, curries, casseroles or to make hummus.
• I tend to add more canned veges into my salads towards the end of the week when the fresh supplies are getting lower. Frozen vege are great then too.
• Coconut milk and fish and oyster sauces in curries.
• Spices – in everything! One of my favourite mixes is everything brown/orange/yellow to make a great lamb tajine spice – cumin, coriander, paprika, tumeric, chilli, curry powder, Chinese five spice. Lamb and fig is my favourite!
• Rice, cous cous and pasta as accompaniments or in salads, (because we do need our starchy carbohydrates for energy!)
• Nuts in salads, curries, baking, blended with fruit into snack balls or just eaten straight as a snack. I do love a few dates sliced with an almond inside each as a mid afternoon energy snack.
• Apple cider vinegar is also great for washing fruit and as a small pre-meal swig for great digestion.
• Most of all, LOVE is put into every meal and shared as we eat. It covers over a multitude of sins especially my own! Partaking in a meal with friends and family is one of my favourite things to do and having interesting, nutritious flavours to share makes it all the more worthwhile!
Let me know if you have any questions or if you have any suggestions of other staples that you always keep in your pantry.
As always, I'd love to hear from you.
Wishing you health and happiness always,