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What's in your pantry?

July 15, 2009

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Many people avoid cooking because they believe they need all fresh ingredients to make a nutritious and delicious meal. While fresh fruit and vegetables do add a nice flavor to many meals, you might be overlooking several ingredients in your pantry that add up to not one, but several meals.

The good news is you don’t need to head to the grocery story or farmers’ market every time you cook and you don’t need to resort to bags of potato chips or cans of soup for a simple meal. Here are some common pantry items and some nutritious recipes to go along with them.

Try an experiment. One night this week, make a meal just using some of the contents from your pantry. You might need some refrigerated ingredients, but see what you come up with. Who knows, you might surprise yourself with how creative and delicious a meal you can make. As always, share with us so other people can try your creative concoctions.

Clean out that pantry and get cooking!

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.