We all know there’s nothing efficient about a bare refrigerator, much less a bare pantry. If you let your fully equipped kitchen become this empty, there’s no doubt that you’ll have to order delivery or takeout – and how would your bank account feel about all that extra spending? Likely, not very happy. Per professional nutritionists, there are some staples to keep in your pantry at all times, which make versatile ingredients for snacks or meals. Check out their suggestions below.
Full of protein and healthy fats, peanut butter is a staple for simple lunches and snacks. From classic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to ants on a log, there are so many quick and easy recipes for peanut butter lovers to try.
Beans provide quick protein and fiber to fill you up without requiring a long recipe or multiple ingredients. Keep a few cans in supply for a quick cowboy caviar snack or hearty, slow-cooked chili dinner. They are also great on tacos or even with eggs and bacon.
Rice or Quinoa
Brown rice or quinoa can be a nutritious side dish on its own or a hearty base for tonight’s dinner. Rice is a dish that can be made simply or dressed up with whatever else you have on hand. Quinoa elevates whatever you decide to serve with it, from meat to vegetables and sauces.
Many people stock up on tomato sauce. But, what about the whole or diced canned tomatoes? Canned tomatoes are a versatile pantry staple that can go from pasta dishes to homemade salsa. Stock up on different variations to experiment with flavors.
Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
No salad dressing? No problem. Keeping olive oil and balsamic vinegar in the pantry means you’ll have homemade salad dressing or an easy marinade anytime you need it. Plus, each can be used to season nearly any dish you can think of.
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