November 13, 2013 |
I recently did some adventuring in the world of the bulk bins in my local grocery store, and now I’m hooked on having dried goods on hand at all times. I even went as far as buying jars to store all of my dried goodies in. I discovered, in this underutilized area of the grocery store, that dried goods can provide not only inexpensive meals, but very nutritious meals as well.
Legumes are a large part of my dry storage. These little nutrient-packed babies are a great source of plant protein (hence, why they are dubbed “the poor man’s meat”), low in calories, cholesterol-free, and are highly satiating, making one feel fuller longer. Some of my favorites to have on hand are split peas, red lentils, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, and black beans. A few of my favorite recipes for these items have included split pea soup, lentil and vegetable soup, “re-fried” Crock-Pot beans, and hummus.
Some other favorites I generally keep around are steel-cut oats, quinoa, various seeds (hemp and flax for smoothies, pumpkin and sunflower for salads), and nuts.