If we run out of any of the following ingredients, I basically freak out and wonder how I’ll function. Ha ha! And don’t think I’m exaggerating here! What’s on your list of die hard real food staples that you just can’t imagine living without?
I mostly use milk for one meal of the day, but it’s often touted as the most important one – breakfast! And I don’t know how to function without my morning bowl of homemade granola cereal with fresh berries (and milk, of course).
Eggs are the base for so many homemade baked goods and the perfect staple to come to the rescue when you don’t know what to eat! It’s hard to beat how quick and easy (and filling) scrambled eggs are any time of day. To kick things up a notch, be sure to puree them with some leafy greens first.
At any given time, you’ll catch me with approximately 24 sticks of butter in my freezer. I could never make my granola or quickly fry up those eggs without it. Or cook a plethora of other easy dishes in my repertoire. :)
- Whole-Wheat Flour
Ditching the processed stuff means cooking from scratch is the way to go, and it’s hard to make muffins, tortillas, waffles, pancakes, or even cookies for a treat without flour!
My daughter’s recent growth spurt has made me be extra sure I always have oats on hand. She’ll eat a variety of snacks whenever she’s hungry, but her favorite is overnight oats. And when I don’t feel like helping her prepare something else, I love having these ready-to-go in the fridge.
- Raw Nuts
Nuts are both a filling and portable snack, and let’s not forget, they’re quite important when it comes to making my beloved granola I keep talking about! Seriously though, you can add nuts to so many recipes or just throw them in the lunch box with a dried fruit mix when you don’t know what else to pack. It happens to the best of us. :)
- Honey and/or Pure Maple Syrup
Even though I’m a die hard real foodie (who ditched sugar a while back), I still can’t stomach plain yogurt, coffee, or homemade treats without a little something sweet added. So I’m always happy to have these more natural sweeteners on hand (to be used in moderation, of course).
- Dry Pasta
When you don’t know what’s for dinner, pasta can literally save the day. It’s filling enough to make up for your lack of planning and also versatile enough that you can add just about anything to it, including veggies, meat, herbs, or store-bought organic tomato sauce.
How does my list compare to yours? Please share in the comments! :)