I am back to share some of my favorite things, but this time it’s what’s in my pantry.
And yes, my pantry always looks this organized! 😉
California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil: this is the only olive oil that I buy. Last year there was some controversy stating that some companies mix their olive oil with other less-healthy oils to save money. I’ve done my research and this is the best one that I’ve found that doesn’t do that.
I usually purchase this at Giant.
Avocado Oil: I went out on a limb and bought this, knowing that avocados are a great source of healthy fat and vitamin E. I mostly use this to drizzle on veggies or to occasionally cook my eggs in.
I purchased this at thrivemarket.com.
Apple Cider Vinegar: so many uses for this awesome product but I mostly use it for making my own salad dressing. I like to mix it with olive oil, oregano, dill, garlic, minced onion, and a little salt. A healthy way to spice up your salad.
Organic Oats: I buy different oats from time-to-time but these are really great for making a quick morning pancake. I mix 1/3 cup oats, 2 eggs, a splash of vanilla extract, some cinnamon, and a little stevia. I then place in a skillet and cook like a pancake. Top with some fresh berries or diced apple. Recently I added a few spoonfuls of pumpkin puree and it was quite delightful. Low carb and high protein!
I bought the ones pictured here at Wegman’s.
Coconut Milk and Thai Curry: I like to keep these on hand for a quick meal. Easy chicken curry recipe- add boneless breasts or thighs to the crock pot. Add 1 cup chicken stock, 1 can coconut milk, 1/2 jar of curry sauce, 2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped, 1 tsp. coriander, 1/4 tsp. ginger, 1 package of fresh portobello mushrooms. Cook on high for 4 hours. Serve with rice.
Dagoba Cacao powder: In case I want a chocolate fix without the calories. Add a tbsp. or two to hot water with a little stevia for a nice after dinner drink.
Bone Broth Protein: I always have some type of protein powder in my pantry. Right now I have several flavors of the bone broth protein. The greens powder is not for the faint of heart! If you haven’t tried any green drinks, you might want to try a sample before committing. 😉
Nutritional Yeast: a great way to add a cheesy flavor to your vegan dishes. This also provides an array of B vitamins to your meals.
Coconut Oil: I like the virgin oil because I like the slight taste of coconut. I’ve been using coconut oil for almost 10 years now. It’s great for sauteing because it has a higher heat resistance (meaning it doesn’t damage the oil and provide unhealthy fat). And the active ingredient in coconut oil is MCT, which helps ignite your metabolism. Can’t go wrong with that!!
I bought this one at Trader Joe’s.
Spices: As you can see, I have a ton of spices. I am not afraid to mix and match when it comes to flavoring my food. I make my own taco seasoning and my own (Indian) curry seasoning. I try to buy organic when I can or some of my spices are from the Friends and Farmers Coop. I like to support my local farmers as much as possible!
Angie Redmond, BS, NC
Certified Gluten Practitioner