Is everyone’s biggest complaint, while gazing into a packed fridge and pantry, “I have nothing to eat” or is it just me? I may have just returned from the grocery store, decide there is nothing to eat and promptly order take out. Whaaaat? No! We can do better than that guys! I have found that by keeping these few items in my pantry, I can quickly whip something up that’s healthy and delicious. I just have to do it!
Avocados– I know, I know. I scream the avocado benefits from the rooftops but eat one a day and you notice a difference in your skin and hair, you feel fuller faster, and not to mention they are SO GOOD! Eat it plain with sea salt, throw in some organic salsa to make a fast guacamole, mash into avocado toast or mix half an avo with half a sweet potato for a double super food punch.
Sweet Potatoes– Speaking of…my husband got me on a sweet potato kick. They are so good and easy to use. Throw them in the oven and bake a few at a time so you can eat them throughout the week. Cut them into strips and make crispy baked oven fries (our favorite). Slice them thin and use them for Sweet Potato Toast!
Brown Rice Pasta– This is my personal favorite pasta to use. I order it on amazon. It’s organic, wheat free, gluten free and the perfect white pasta swap. Sometimes I just top it with EVOO, parmesan and crushed red pepper. During the hot summer months I use fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and ripped basil. Use your favorite, no sugar added jarred sauce if you prefer. Nearly instant gratification.
Dave’s Killer Bread Thin Sliced– Y’all. You know it’s a win if my husband is requesting more loaves. This bread has it all. It’s good for you, it tastes SO fantastic toasted or not, and the toppings are endless. We love crunchy Barney Butter on top of ours. Local, organic jam. Local honey. Avocado. Poached egg. Grass fed butter. WHATEVER.
Beans– Ok I know this doesn’t sound very glamorous. But we actually eat a lot of beans for a number of reasons. They are quick, tasty, and and can stay in the pantry until you’re ready to use them. I take a can of white northern beans and simmer on low with a chopped garlic glove, EVOO and a sprig of rosemary. It isn’t fancy but it is a tasty side dish served alongside anything. Grind a can in your Vitamix and make a white bean puree or white bean hummus. Add them to soups and stews. Black beans are perfect to mash and make a puree for tacos, toss with corn and cilantro for a quick side, or throw in to some chicken stock with veggies and make an easy black bean soup.
Super simple (you know me!) but keeping your pantry stocked with a few of these essentials means a healthy, quick meal is only minutes away. What am I missing? What else do you keep stocked?