How To Find a Healthy Meal In Your Pantry

by May 6, 2020Recipes0 comments

With all of this craziness going on in the world lately, it can be difficult to come up with creative ways of eating healthy. So, what do you do to eat as healthy as possible with what you have in order to avoid going to the store? I shop from my pantry and freezer.

 

Here are a few of the main staples in my pantry:
– dried beans
– whole wheat egg noodles
– whole wheat pasta
– long grain brown rice
– canned beans
– diced green chilies
– canned diced tomatoes
Other items I often have include broth, tomato sauce, canned veggies and fruit, quick cooking oats, canned and individual packets of tuna and various other things. I also stock up on chicken breast, seafood, and ground meat when on sale for the freezer!
You can cook brown rice in broth and seasonings of your choice. Use what you need for one meal and freeze the rest! It freezes very well and saves you precious time in the future. You can cook chicken breast in a crock pot with either fat free salsa or canned tomatoes, diced green chilies, dried or canned beans, frozen corn and a little broth with seasons for a delicious zero-BITES meal. Serve with the brown rice and you have a healthy filling meal, as well.

 

 

You can mix canned tuna with whole wheat egg noodles, veggies, and a can of 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup for a low-BITES tuna noodle casserole. You can mix the cooked pasta with tomato sauce, seasonings, and meat of your choice. Serve with a salad or other veggies for a healthy, well-rounded meal. I love to use the packets of tuna that are either ranch flavored or herb and garlic and toss in a garden salad for protein. The tuna is also yummy in a low carb tortilla wrap with the salad basically in the tortilla!

 

Protein shakes/smoothies are also easy to make and filling. Take nonfat plain Greek yogurt, add fruit (fresh or frozen), a handful of spinach, and some ice. You can also add protein powder for added nutrients.

 

 

I mentioned using seasonings a few times. It’s important to figure out your favorites and make sure you have them on hand! I use mostly dried herbs currently. In addition to salt and pepper, I always have dried minced onion, onion powder, granulated garlic, jarred minced garlic, basil, oregano, dill, and everything but the bagel seasoning. It is easy to change out various seasonings to change the taste to your liking.
Good luck and healthy eating!

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