One thing that always saddens me is how many people claim not to be able to afford to eat a healthy and balanced diet. It is frustrating when the supermarkets appear to always have offers on pizza, chips, and ice cream – Of course, all these can be enjoyed in moderation but they should not be used as an excuse.
I’ve created a list of the food basic’s I always have in my cupboard, the list is not extensive and should be tweaked to your tastes but I find that I can make cereals, snacks and main meals from these basics.
*I have a little coriander plant on my windowsill as I love being able to grab fresh flavors…
*Everyone should have an herb/spice rack and I often reach for garlic, basil, sage, cumin, and cinnamon.
*I always have agave honey in my cupboard.
*Balsamic Glaze – This is a must have for low fat/sugar/calorie topping and sauces and can be used on salad, stirfry or pasta. Morrisons and Waitrose both do delish versions.
*Soft Brown Sugar
*Bread Flour & Yeast – I love baking my own bread and you can mix in your own spices, or fruit/seeds and it means you can make a smaller loaf/rolls/bagels if you won’t eat a whole large shop bought loaf.
*Green & Blacks Organic Cocoa Powder – Expensive but creates the most incredible deep chocolate flavor.
*Plain/ Self-raising flour
*Breadcrumbs – I make my own vegetable/chickpea/spinach/beans burgers, miles more healthy and tasty.
Nut’s, Seeds, Fruit:
*Dried Fruit – When there is an offer on I go wild, In my stock I keep– Cranberry’s, Sultana’s, Mango, Prunes, and Dates.
*Nut’s – Again personal choice but I try to keep in peanuts, almonds, and cashews
*Seeds – For me, it’s all about Linseeds for healthy digestion, pumpkin seeds for snack packs and sesame for breakfast crunch.
*CousCous – I have a really tasty, filling and healthy recipe coming up this month with couscous.
*Oats – I keep large oats and normal porridge oats in, great for cookies, breakfasts and healthy bites.
*Lentils – These make a soup really filling and are very cost effective.
*Chickpea’s – Great in salads, couscous, homemade hummus, and burgers.
*Quinoa – I can see this being the superfood of 2013, I’ve been pinning burgers, salads and even granola recipes using Quinoa.
*Sundried Tomato’s – These cheer up everything.
*Beetroot – I have to be in the mood for beetroot and have week’s when I can’t eat enough and others when I couldn’t care less…
Do you have any must-have cupboard basic’s? Do you buy anything on a regular basis that I should try? Surely I can’t be the only person who relishes a healthy food offer?