Dried Goods

November 13, 2013 | Kitchen Must-Haves

 

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.

One response to “Dried Goods”

  1. […] section in the food market, chickpeas are something I regularly have on hand, usually to make my Homemade Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.  I greatly enjoy the flavor of home-cooked chickpeas over the canned; they yield a fresher taste […]

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