Friday, November 4, 2011

Must-have Pantry Items

Pantry Staples

Olive Oil is a healthier choice, it can lower your cholesterol, fight off cancer causing agents and heart disease. It tastes great and it has many uses. 

Garlic is the all-around go to! It can be sliced, diced, minced and crushed to add flair to a variety of meals.

Stock or broth is a great option for soups, casseroles, and sauces. You should have at least one box of chicken, vegetable, and beef on hand.

Spaghetti sauce should be somewhere in one of your cupboards. It is great for the "I don't really feel like cooking nights." You can whip up some pasta and pour jar spaghetti sauce over it in minutes. Voila! Dinner is served! Pick up a few jars whenever they are on sale at your local grocery store.

How can we have spaghetti sauce without pasta? Pasta has a long shelf life and they are always on sale. Stock up on your pasta. Use your 2 other pantry items (garlic and spaghetti sauce) to make a quick and easy meal.

Dry beans are inexpensive, easy to make and they are loaded with nutrients. Keep a variety of beans in your pantry.

Rice of course is the most versatile food. It last super longer and there as many different types. It can be used as a side dish or as a main dish. Keep a bag of whole grain, flavored rice, and white rice in your pantry.

Canned Tuna may not taste the best, but it is a pantry staple. Buy water-packed tuna for a healthier choice.

Peanut Butter is a great source of protein. It can be used on sandwiches,on vegetables, fruits, and in smoothies and dips. 

Canned Tomatoes should be kept in your pantry in a variety of forms such as diced, crushed, whole-peeled, and even pureed. Most dishes call for tomatoes be prepared!

* According to TLC, cooked tomatoes are better for you than raw tomatoes because the heat increases the levels of antioxidants. Did you know that?

Source: TLC Cooking


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