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10 Things I Always Have in My Kitchen... And Why You Should Have Them in Yours

SCBC nutrition coach Robin Large is here to tell you the top 10 things she always keeps in her kitchen and why you should keep them in yours.

 

1. Cans of diced tomatoes

 

One of the quickest meals I can throw together requires a couple of cans of diced tomatoes. I brown some ground turkey meat with onions and other veggies if I have them on hand. Then I add my tomatoes, some oregano, garlic salt/powder, basil and I let it all simmer for a few minutes. Then I have a tasty meat sauce to serve over Zoodles, spaghetti squash, or a baked potato.

 

2. Canned and dry beans

 

I always make sure I keep black beans and chickpeas in the house. They’re the family favorites and we use them in lots of different ways. For example, I always include black beans as one of the ingredients for burrito bowls. Burrito bowls consist of a base of shredded chicken or ground turkey and basmati rice. Then I put out several toppings for everyone to choose from. Black beans, cilantro, diced mango, salsa, and maybe diced avocado.

 

3. Vegetable & chicken broths

 

When I’m trying to lower the fat of a meal, I’ll substitute broth for the oil in a sauté or stir fry. And anytime I’m making a soup or chili, I’ll make sure I have enough on hand so I can adjust the thickness. I tend to like my soups “soupier”. And sometimes I use broth in place of the water when I’m steaming rice to add more flavor.

 

4. Coconut milk

 

I don’t use coconut milk all that often but I have come across enough recipes for it that I make sure I have it. I can’t tell you how many times my kids have requested “chick pea tiki masala” and I’ve had everything to make it…but the coconut milk. Lesson learned.

 

5. Tuna & Salmon pouches

 

I always keep these in the pantry for a quick protein source. Portable, fast and I love the hickory smoked & lemon pepper flavors. I usually pack these if I’m going to be out of the house for a few hours. (I’m pretty sure there’s one in my purse right now. 😄)

 

6. All Natural Nut Butter

 

Need I elaborate??

 

7. Jarred salsa

 

One of my favorite breakfasts is scrambled egg whites on top of a baked potato. Sprinkle a little salt and spoon some salsa, and you get a great boost of flavor! I could eat it every day!

 

8. Olive & Coconut oils

 

Great sources of healthy fats! My family loves this simple salad dressing:

 

1/4-1/2 c olive oil
minced garlic to taste
sea salt & pepper to taste
juice of 1/2 lemon or lime

 

Really, it’s THAT simple and tastes SO good! And movie night wouldn’t be the same without popcorn popped in coconut oil.

 

9. Oatmeal

 

I used to hate oatmeal but when I decided to try steel cut oats, I realized I enjoyed the texture and became an oatmeal fan. I’m always starving after class so I make a quick breakfast of a bowl of oatmeal, a scoop of chocolate protein powder, and 1/2oz of chopped pecans. SO delicious!

 

10. Sriracha

 

This is the only hot sauce I like and I use it a lot! I love it on eggs, a baked potato, chicken…you name it, it tastes better with Sriracha!

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