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A Well-Stocked Pantry: Part 4

This enchilada sauce recipe can be split with about 1 pint frozen for a later meal.

This enchilada sauce recipe can be split with about 1 pint frozen for a later meal.

By donR  3/26/15

Stocking your pantry with healthy condiments, sauces, dressings and marinades is difficult if you buy them off the local grocer’s shelf. Processed flavorings, whether in packets, cans or bottles, are expensive and often packed with salt, hidden sweeteners and preservatives. But plain pasta, rice and white fish would certainly be boring with no flavorings.

NOT TO WORRY! We found a way for you to add quality, low-fat, natural flavorings to your cupboard and refrigerator in a budget-friendly way. Read about 17 flavorings you can use. Continue reading

A Well-Stocked Pantry; Part 3

Does your family meal plan include enough vegetables and fruit?

Does your family meal plan include enough vegetables and fruit?

The USDA recommends that 50% of our dinner plate be filled with vegetables and fruit. But can you guess what percentage of the average grocery bill goes towards fruit and veggies?  Americans spend only about 14% according to a Huffington Post Article.  In this third part of the “Stocking Your Pantry” series, we’ll give you some ideas about what veggies to always have in your pantry (food storage areas). Continue reading

Sr. Center Class: Free Meals In The Cupboard

A well-stocked pantry is useful when using planned-overs.

A well-stocked pantry is useful when using planned-overs.

That’ Right! Free Meals…..Bring a list of food in your pantry when you come to class on March 16th at 1:30. We’ll work in teams to make a weekly meal plan using the food hiding in the back of the refrigerator and freezer. We’ll also see if your flour is good to use and canned food still edible for more free meals. 

Stretch Your Food Budget With A Well-Stocked Pantry

This salmon & salad meal was prepared room ingredients we found in our pantry.

This salmon & salad meal was prepared from ingredients we found in our pantry.

Putting together a well-stocked pantry may strain your budget at first but save you hundreds of dollars over time. In this five-part series we’ll explore ways to assemble a pantry that fits your cooking style, meal plans and budget. By having ingredients readily available you avoid a trip to the grocer,  can change your meal plan, and be ready if company shows up. To get you started here are a few reasons for assembling a pantry and some ingredients you may want to keep on hand. Continue reading

The $10 Meal: Stock These Inexpensive Ingredients.

Sauteed ingredients taken directly from your pantry make a quick meal.

Sauteed ingredients taken directly from your pantry make a quick meal.  Brown rice, peppers, carrots, celery, mushrooms and free range chicken are healthy.

I finished revising the “Meal Planner” today and listed a few inexpensive items to keep in your cupboard or fridge. Then ten minutes ago Webmed posted an article listing 15 $2 items to always keep in your cupboard or fridge. Guess what! We both had many of the same items. What are they? Continue reading

Choose Items Carefully For Your Pantry

This spicy veggie patty is the centerpiece  of a $10 family meal.

This is an example of a $10 family meal. All the ingredients were sitting in our pantry just waiting to nourish our family.

We all know it is important to have a well-stocked pantry for emergencies. But more than that, it lays the foundation for assembling hundreds of different meals. It is important to take care in choosing the food in order to save space, money and the nutritional value of the food.

There are many things to consider so we’ll post our ideas in three segments, Here are some tips and tricks for you to think about. Continue reading

Planned-Over $10 Meal: “Sponges” that are Quick, Easy, Delicious

What if       fill in the blank             ?    We’ve all been there: running late, company shows up unannounced, you open a package and the meat is spoiled, or the  bag of rice is full of bugs. What are you going to do for dinner? Do you have”sponges” in your pantry?

Picture of soup n sandwich.

This quick meal was assembled by using planned-overs.

Well-prepared teachers use “sponges” when there is a disaster in the classroom. These are emergency activities stored in the closet. Likewise, a well-stocked cupboard or freezer will often save your day  during a home emergency. Here are five foods you can have ready so you can assemble a $10 emergency family meal that is quick, easy and delicious. Continue reading