Healthy Menu Tip FOUR:
Keeping a well stocked pantry is as important as keeping a well stocked freezer. Stocking the pantry with a good supply of staple items like canned vegetables, canned fruits, and soup stocks will make healthy recipe preparation much faster and easier.
Stocking the pantry can save you money as well as time. Grocery stores are always running sales, and these sales are a great time to stock up. Buying several cases of canned vegetables when they are on sale, for instance can save lots of money and provide the basic ingredients for many nutritious, easy to prepare meals. Just be sure to check the expiration dates every few months to be sure you use up foods in time.
Examples of great staples to stock up on include whole grain cereals, whole grain pastas, rice, tomato sauce, beans, canned salmon, tuna and whole grain breads. It is easy to combine these staples into many great meals on a moment's notice. Try your favorite TV chef's sites for their favorite “pantry” or “staples” lists…Rachael Ray has just an example of one such list Here.
Hopefully these healthy menu tips get you and your family eating more of the meals you love and that will keep you healthy!