A well-stocked pantry makes quick meal and snack preparation easier.
Keep a variety of the following foods on hand for simple and fast meals throughout the week.
Canned tuna, canned chicken, canned beans (kidney, pinto, black), peanut butter.
Stock your favorite canned or frozen vegetables. Green beans, canned tomatoes and tomato sauce are good to keep on hand for simple meals.
Oatmeal, pasta, rice, quinoa, flour, bread crumbs (choose whole grains for a healthier choice).
Low-sodium soups and broths, canned or dried fruits, crackers, quick bread mixes (whole grain muffins), etc.
With eggs, milk, cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables, bagged salad and condiments like ketchup, mustard, and salsa.
With freezer foods like ground meat and chicken breasts. Freeze cooked meat and ready-to-cook casseroles for easy and fast meal preparation.
- Oregano, basil, and parsley are great additions to tomato or Italian-style dishes.
- Cumin and chili powder are favorites used in Mexican-style dishes.
- Other flavor enhancers to keep on hand include vanilla extract, lemon juice, salt and pepper.