Last month, we talked a bit about the benefits of a Mediterranean diet and how you can get started with the Mediterranean diet. While this diet relies heavily on fresh ingredients, it also gives you the opportunity to integrate some pantry staples that are easy to store and incorporate into your meals. By keeping these staples on hand, you can easily combine them with a few fresh ingredients to prepare meals that are in line with the Mediterranean diet. Here are a few staples we recommend keeping in your pantry:
Lentils, Beans and Chickpeas
Packed with fibre and protein, legumes are a great addition to any diet. They’re especially beneficial as a replacement source of protein for vegetarians or vegans. If that isn’t enough to convince you to stock up on lentils, beans and chickpeas, we should mention that they’re also incredibly versatile. Stock your pantry with these items and cook hearty soups and stews. They all make great additions to salads and curries.
Whole Grain Pasta
It goes without saying that pasta is an integral part of the Mediterranean diet. It’s also a great pantry staple that quickly pairs with pasta sauce to make a delicious meal. It can also be added to salads and soups for an extra boost of carbohydrates and fiber. Keep several types of pasta on hand for quick meals and additions to your favourite recipes. Look for whole grain pasta, which is not only a healthier but a more flavourful option as well. By keeping pasta sauce within reach along with pasta sauces, like our Authentica Siciliana, Arrabiata, and Puttanesca, you’re just a few minutes from a tasty pasta.
Nuts and Seeds
Not only do nuts and seeds make a satisfying snack in a pinch, but they’re also the perfect item to add a bit of texture or complement other flavours in your meals. For example, adding a handful of slivered almonds to a salad will add crunch while also making that salad much more filling. They’re also rich in fiber, protein and good fats.
By keeping different types of nuts and seeds in your pantry, you’ll have a wealth of options when it comes to snacking and adding a satisfying crunch to many meals. Keeping your pantry stocked with items like almonds, sunflower seeds, cashews and sesame seeds.