When it comes to creating wonderful dishes and meals in a hurry that are as delicious as they are nutritious a bit of preparation and planning is key! Over time, I’ve learned to stock my pantry with items that are the foundation for my meals and can be used in a variety of recipes and in different ways.
Once you begin to collect your own favourite pantry items, you’ll see a few things shrink: your food bill, your shopping list and your meal planning woes. Suddenly, half your recipe ingredients are already on hand and all you need at the supermarket is fresh fruit & veg.
I have created My Pantry Staples as a downloadable sheet so that you can use it for your own shopping list. I have divided the list into the main plant based food groups so that you can get familiar with how I eat from each of the plant based food groups to ensure that I get all of the nutrients that I need. You can download it at the bottom of this article.
Wholegrains (aka carbs): But don’t be fooled by that old myth, not all carbs are equal! Carbs from white bread does not equal carbs from oat porridge.
Beans & legumes: A strong source of healthy protein and packed with fibre, beans are a staple in all of my main meals.
Nut & Seeds: These are jam packed with healthy fats. My favourite breakfast is chia seed porridge. I use seed mixes for smoothies and chopped nuts for sprinkling onto porridges & salads.
Staples: Sauces, spreads and other handy bits.
Your turn: What’s in your pantry? Have you made any changes lately?