Friday, January 7, 2011

healthy.tasty.easy. Kitchen Staples

While for most recipes you'll want to have fresh ingredients on hand (meats, vegetables, dairy), there are several key ingredients you can keep in the pantry or freezer which will make preparing healthy food quickly an easy task.

  • Canned beans (pinto, garbanzo, black, cannelini)
  • Canned tuna (packed in water)
  • Rice (brown, long grain, medium grain)
  • Canned tomatoes (diced with or without chiles, crushed, whole, tomato paste)
  • Broth (chicken, beef, vegetable)
  • Pasta (whole wheat spaghetti, linguine, ziti)
  • Spices: cinnamon, chipotle, cayenne, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla beans and vanilla extract
  • Herbs: basil, sage, thyme, tarragon, oregano
  • Salt, baking soda, baking powder
  • Whole wheat pastry flour
  • Sugar: organic granulated sugar, light brown sugar, dark brown sugar
  • Cocoa powder and chocolate chips
  • Minced garlic
  • Yogurt: fat-free or low-fat Greek yogurt
  • Eggs (eggs actually keep for quite a while)
  • Lemon juice or lemons
  • Buttermilk
  • Pre-cooked rice (from Trader Joe's)
  • Chicken breasts
  • Ground turkey
  • Frozen veggies: green beans, pre-cut peppers, peas

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