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Published on Jan 30, 2014
Putting together healthy meals is easy if you have a well-stocked kitchen pantry! Here is a list of essentials to keep in your kitchen pantry so you can whip up a healthy meal or snack at any given moment.
Kitchen Pantry Basic: Canned Goods When it comes to canned goods, it's always a good idea to keep some canned tomatoes. They can be used in stews, sauces or chili. Canned beans are a great pantry item because they go well on top of salads or can be made into healthy snacks such as hummus. Canned tuna or salmon are a great way to sneak fish into your diet and are important ingredients in many healthy recipes.
Kitchen Pantry Basic: Whole Grains Some healthy whole grains to include in your kitchen pantry are quinoa, cous cous, millet, whole grain pasta and lentils. These grains can be cooked with vegetables to make healthy, delicious dishes that will keep you on track with your diet goals.
Kitchen Pantry Basic: Seasonings Seasonings are required to add flavor to your healthy dishes. Flavorful oils such as olive oil and sesame oil fall into this category. Vinegars such as balsamic or rice vinegar add depth to basic salads. Keeping some spices and herbs in your pantry can take a healthy meal from ordinary to extraordinary.
Cooking is really about experimenting to find what suits your palate the most. If your kitchen pantry is well-stocked with canned goods, whole grains and seasonings, then you are well equipped to come up with your own healthy dishes. Be sure to share your favorite recipes in the comments section.