Spring is upon us, which means it's time for a little spring cleaning. For the foodie, where better to start than the pantry? Your kitchen is the foundation of all the cooking you do, and the food you eat. So we've created the ultimate kitchen guide for whole food lovers.
Clear out the clutter. Throw out anything that's off or overly processed. Make room for the new. We love storing things in recycled glass jars, not only are they practical and environmentally friendly they also look super cute.
Stock your shelves with the following essentials for clean eating. You can create tasty healthy meals, without having to traipse through the supermarket with a never ending shopping list. Remember to always purchase certified organic ingredients where possible.
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
Spices are the easiest way to flavour food, without having to use processed ingredients. Stock up on the following.
There's a misconception that oils are bad for you. They are in fact good fats, just make sure you choose the right ones. Always cook at the recommended heating temperature.
Virgin coconut oil (medium heat)
Avocado oil (high heat)
Extra virgin olive oil (low heat)
Ghee (this Ayurvedic favourite is super tasty & so easy to make. Here's the recipe)
Sauces are delicious, always choose sauces with the least preservatives.
Rice wine vinegar
Apple cider vinegar
Gluten free soya sauce
Whole grain mustard
DELISH ADD ONS
A collection of goodies you can use ad hoc anytime of the day, this is the moment your glass jars were waiting for...
A selection of seeds (think sesame, pumpkin, sunflower)
Nutritional yeast (gives a yummy cheesy flavour)
Wholegrains, tins, and things that won't go off but add bulk to your meals.
Canned tomatoes (don't shy away, they make a great sauce base!)
Canned beans - cannellini, kidney
Canned coconut milk
Frozen is almost as good as fresh produce, it'll save you on a rainy day so keep a good selection on hand.
Sugar snap beans
Frozen bananas (blend it, it's almost as good as ice cream)
Raw shrimp (for the non vegans)
Parmesan (for the non vegans. Yes you can freeze it!)
Keep a selection of favourites in the fridge, these are the things you'll buy more frequently so get creative and mix them up.
Tofu or Tempeh
Hummus (opt for the more natural one, or make it yourself)
Kimchi (delicious and good for you)
Eggs (for the non vegans)
We've chosen a few that have a long shelf life. Always buy in season, and always organic.
These essentials make a great base you can easily add onto. Here's an example of what a day of food with them could look like.
Warm water with a slice of lemon + apple cider vinegar
A bowl of oats with mixed seeds, nuts, berries and cacao
A green smoothie with spinach, frozen banana, almond milk & spirulina
A grainy sandwich with spinach, tofu & fresh herbs drizzled in olive oil
Quinoa with mixed veggies, shrimp, cranberries & your favourite spices
A bunch of culinary wizards from London have created a cook book The Kitchen Shelf with 100 easy recipes made with pantry essentials. Check it out for more recipe ideas.
Get cooking, get creative. Revamp your cupboards for a healthier clean eating version of you.