Now that we’re in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, most of us have been relegated to the confines of our homes. You most likely stocked up on essentials, including perishable and non-perishable foods to sustain you through the stay-at-home orders.
While you’re generally subject to whatever is fresh at your local supermarket, pantry staples tend to be easier to grab and longer-lasting. I understand the shelves may be quite bare, leaving you with not many options to choose from at the moment. Even if you aren’t able to use these tips during the situation we’re currently in, still, take note of these pantry staples to stock up on once this blows over, and the shelves are filled to the brim again!
So, what are the healthiest foods you can put in your pantry?
You can make tons of different things with canned or dried beans, such as dips, soups, and stews. Canned beans tend to have more sodium, so try to find the ones with no sodium added if they’re available. Meanwhile, nut or seed butters can turn plain bread into a hearty treat, so stock up on your favorites. Quinoa is another excellent protein pantry staple that can be used in many recipes.
Choose brown rice, quinoa, and whole-grain pasta for the bases of your meals. All types of potatoes and hearty squashes can add a more filling component to any meal. And of course, there are cans of vegetables that you can use for a swift side dish or with your favorite broth base to make soup.
Canned tomatoes almost need their own category. From turning into a sauce for your pastas, adding a rich taste to soups, or even to make Shakshuka with the eggs you have on hand, they can be used to make plenty of meals.