the current: number five

the current: everything pulling me in right now // cait's plate

I often get asked about the staples that I keep on hand in the kitchen, so that’s what I’m dedicating this week’s Current to!

  1. Whole grains – Whether this is whole wheat pasta, brown rice, quinoa or even a loaf of whole wheat bread, I always make sure to have at least one source of whole grains on hand.  It makes a perfect base for an easy weeknight meal like this Whole Wheat Spinach Walnut Pesto, Roasted Asparagus & Walnuts dish or this One-Pot Summertime Pasta 
  2. Cheese – Cheese is a great way to add flavor to a boring dish while also getting some protein.  It comes in handy for things like quesadillas, grilled cheeses, egg and cheese omelets or even english muffin pizzas!
  3. Beans – Beans (canned or dry), offer up a good amount of protein and fiber and make a great addition to pretty much any dish.  Throw them in some quesadillas or into soups or chilis this Hearty Black Bean, Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Turkey Chili.
  4. Frozen Produce – Frozen produce is a great option because it keeps so well.  I always keep at least one bag of frozen veggies and one bag of frozen fruit on hand.  The fruit can be thawed and put over yogurt or whole grain waffles or thrown right into a blender to make smoothies or smoothie bowls (like this 3-Ingredient Smoothie Bowl).  Veggies can be boiled, steamed, roasted or thrown into a pan with some eggs for an easy omelet.
  5. Eggs – Morning, noon or night, eggs are always a good idea.  And they’re pretty versatile.  You can scrambled them up, mixed them with veggies, make french toast with them or toss them in with pasta or rice for a nice boost of protein!  I particularly love this Easy Veggie-Packed Mexican Casserole and this Broccoli Feta & Pepper Bake

BONUS: Olive oil is also something I always have on hand in the kitchen!  I use it for pretty much everything!

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