You may be cooking A LOT more than usual with the new normal of shelter at home. We can use this as an opportunity to make your kitchen skills stronger and YOU being far more confident in the kitchen. Consider these creative ways to use pantry staples to reinvent a meal or two!
Grill or Roast Veggies
Grill or roast veggies in a very hot (450°F) oven or grill for a sweet, smoky flavor. Before popping them into the oven, brush or spray lightly with high-heat oil and sprinkle with herbs.
Nut Butter Sauces
Peanut, almond, and sunflower butters are all great pantry staples that can easily transformed into savory sauces. Whip up a recipe like this for a salad or drizzled over a sweet potato...
SPICY PEANUT DRESSING
(whisk all ingredients until combined)
1/2 cup unsweetened peanut butter
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Dash of sriracha or more, based on how spicy you prefer
Salt to taste
Pickled Red Onions
These are the best in salads, tacos, or a sandwich. They add a pop of color and a zesty tang to an entree. Here is a recipe we found at The Kitchen.
Dijon mustard has a tangy, sharp, and strong flavor with a bit of spice. Consider this as a marinade for chicken or pork to provide an entirely new flavor profile for protein. You can also make an easy DIY Anti-inflammatory Dressing as dijon serves as the emulsifier.
Citrus or Citrus Zest
Add bright flavor with citrus juice or grated citrus peel: lemon, lime or orange. Acidic ingredients help lift and balance flavor—especially for those green vegetables. Give My Nutrition Studio's Lemon Green Bean Salad a try!