How to stock a healthy pantry

Need to put together a nutritious meal in a hurry? Stock your pantry with these key staples and you'll always have what you need for a quick, healthy dinner

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Give your pantry a makeover

We all know what it’s like to get in the door after a busy day and have no clue what to eat. But if you stock a well-organized pantry, you’ll find that throwing meals together is much easier when you have the right ingredients at hand. ?

We’ve taken some creative licence with the word “pantry” to include your fridge and freezer. As to what you need to buy? “I break it down into categories,” says Lisa Tsakos, a registered holistic nutritionist and co-author of Unjunk Your Junk Food. Tsakos divides her pantry into the following items:

• Grains (quinoa, millet, brown rice)
• Flours (brown rice, whole grain)
• Pasta (brown rice, kamut, spelt)
• Dried beans
• Nuts and seeds or legumes
• Non-dairy milk
• Dried fruits
• Herbs and spices
• A selection of sulfite-free vinegars

With these categories in mind, here are some ideas that will provide you with multiple options for healthy meals-and hopefully make you pause before reaching for the phone to order takeout.

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