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I get it, you’re busy. I can help. Here’s how: the Non-Chef Blog is committing to making delicious meals from a standard list of common ingredients that can easily be stockpiled in a pantry.
A well-stocked pantry is the first step to simplifying your meal prep. So, I created a Forever list!
WHY THIS LIST?
- Free yourself by eliminating the foods from your diet that leave you feeling badly!
- It’s easier on your budget by allowing you to stockpile the items you use while they are on sale.
- Save time shopping by limiting yourself to easy to find ingredients.
- MOST OF ALL, save time on planning meals and cooking because you will already have everything you need in your pantry!
You will already have EVERYTHING you need in your pantry!
BUT… WHAT ABOUT SNACKING???
If you’re first thought was about snacks, you’re not alone. Snacking was the first thing my husband and I struggled with when we started playing around with this idea. It takes some adjusting, but we’ve discovered some amazing benefits.
- Limiting snacking saves money.
- We have lost excess weight and feel healthier!
Turns out prepackaged cookies, crackers, fruit snacks, candy, and all the other mindless snacks are not only empty calories, they’re entirely unnecessary! Instead, here are a list of snacks included on this list that are always on hand:
- Baby carrots
- Bell peppers (green and red)
- Breakfast cereal
- Chocolate chips
WILL I GET BORED?
Not at all! The possibilities are endless! I’ve been sticking to this list for a couple of months now, and I haven’t gotten bored yet! By stocking your kitchen with this list, ALL of the Non-Chef recipes are already hiding in your Forever pantry including:
- Summer Vegetable Ravioli Salad
- Chickpea Curry
- One-pot Fried Brown Rice
- Fajita Tacos
- Savory Blackberry Pizza
- Tomatillo Ranch Chicken
- So many more…
Do you actually keep ALL of these ingredients on hand all the time?
No way, Jose! We’re always out of SOMETHING. And, we actually don’t each much meat, so I only stockpile if I land a major sale. I do try to keep the ingredients we use most often stocked: rice, beans, cereal, milk, bread, frozen fruit/veggies, peanut butter, spices. Adjust the list to make it work in your kitchen!