Back when I was in my early twenties I didn’t understand the importance of a well stocked pantry and would frequent the supermarket once a day to buy ingredients for dinner. The problem with this method is that you are spending more money than what it’s worth.
Figure each time you go you’re spending about twenty bucks which adds up to 100 dollars by the end of the week. Since, I started buying more smartly my budget has been cut in half!
Now if you aren’t a penny pincher like me, then you may leave and come back Thursday for a new recipe. But if you are, read on and utilize these tips in your own kitchen. You won’t regret it!
It took me awhile before I was comfortable enough in my culinary skills to open the pantry and see a meal from the ingredients laid out before me. The secret is through trail and error, you will come up with four or five recipes that you love and won’t mind eating each week.
For example, grain bowls with roasted veggies and miso tahini sauce or something as simple as spaghetti with meatballs. Also at the end of the week, I throw whatever is left into a pot of soup. It doesn’t matter if it’s eighty degrees’ – Sundays are soup night.
Look, I understand in this day and age routine is boring, but that’s not how I view a well stocked pantry. It’s an opportunity to get creative with what you have and eventually, those four or five recipes will turn into eight or ten.
As they say though, the proof is in the pudding. I’ll go through a couple of ingredient I listed in the graphic above and show you the vast options that are at your fingertips.
- White Nectarine Quinoa Salad with Seared Bread Cheese
- BBQ Lentil Quesadilla
- Sweet Potato and Lentil Kale Stew
- Spicy Thai Chicken and Quinoa
- Plant Power Sushi Bowls
All-Purpose Flour/White Sugar/Brown Sugar
- Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Strawberry Lavender Scones
- Coffee Cake with Crumple Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze
- Oatmeal Chocolate Covered Raisin Cookies
- Caramelized Banana Pancakes
See! And that’s just the beginning. I hope this post about The Essentials for a Well Stocked Pantry has been helpful. Now get cooking.