Monday, May 4, 2009

Want To Cook Healthy Meals? Here Are Some Things to Have In Your Pantry, Frig, & Freezer!

Do you want to cook healthier meals? Here's some things to keep in your pantry, frig, and freezer!

Herbs, Spices & Flavorings
  • Fine salt and coarse sea salt or kosher salt
  • Black peppercorns
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Curry paste
  • Dried herbs: bay leaves, sage, thyme leaves, oregano, basil leaves
  • Spices: coriander seeds, ground cinnamon, chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, crushed red pepper, nutmeg, ground ginger
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Lemons, limes and/oranges

Oils, Vinegars & Condiments

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Balsamic and red-or white-wine vinegar
  • Reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • Olives
  • Capers
  • Pimentos
  • Dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Ketchup

Grains & Canned Goods

  • Assorted whole-wheat pastas
  • Brown rice
  • Quick-cook barley
  • Whole-wheat couscous
  • Corn tortillas
  • Plain dry breadcrumbs
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Reduced-sodium chicken broth, beef broth and/or vegetable broth
  • Beans (cannellini, black, red kidney, great northern, etc.)
  • Clam juice
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Reduced-fat cream of chicken and cream or mushroom soup
  • Evaporated skim milk

Nuts & Seeds

  • A variety of walnuts, pecans, almonds, and/or pine nuts
  • Sesame seeds

Refrigerator Staples

  • Low-fat milk
  • Low-fat plain yogurt
  • Reduced-fat sour cream
  • Reduced-fat cream cheese
  • Butter (preferably unsalted) and/or margarine
  • Eggs (large) and/or egg substitute
  • Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • Dry white wine (may substitute nonalcoholic wine)

Freezer Staples

  • Frequently used frozen vegetables, e.g., spinach, peas, peppers
  • Frozen berries (blackberries, raspberries, or strawberries)
  • Low-fat vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt

Here's to healthier eating habits!

Blessings for a Glorious Day!

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