Grocery List Staples for the Holidays
Be prepared for unexpected visitors this holiday with a well-stocked pantry and freezer. Here are some must have items to keep on hand and some easy meal ideas to put them to good use:
Canned tomatoes: Use them to extend a stew or pasta sauce.
Eggs: Frittatas are an easy weekday dinner meal. Just scramble some eggs, toss in some diced vegetables (onion, zucchini, mushroom, asparagus, tomato, fresh herbs), sprinkle with cheese and bake.
Mushrooms: Diced mushrooms are an easy way to extend one pound of ground beef to two. Use them when making burger patties, tacos, spaghetti sauce or stuffing peppers or squash.
Frozen vegetables: Use frozen spinach in lasagna, toss frozen broccoli with tortellini, add frozen peas and corn to soups or sautee mixed frozen vegetables with soy sauce for a quick stir fry.
Garbanzo beans: An easy protein food, just open the can, drain and rinse. Use them on salad, add them to soup, blend them with garlic and olive oil for a healthy dip or spread.
Frozen berries: Bake them into a fruit crumble topped with nuts and oats, puree them into a topping for ice cream or frozen yogurt, blend them with Greek yogurt and serve in a pretty cup garnished with mint for dessert.
Apple and Pears: These delicious fruits can be kept on the counter for a few days so they don’t take up fridge space. Bake them in the oven sprinkled with nutmeg and cinnamon, top with Greek French vanilla yogurt.
Squash: Keeps for months on the counter, high in beta carotene and a delicious addition to roasted vegetables, can be blended into soup, added to curry or stuffed as a main dish.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas:
- Flavoured tea
- Decorative tissues
- Exercise bands
- Skipping rope
- Water bottle
- Mini whisk
- Spice blends
- Flavoured salt
- Nuts and nut cracker
- Movie passes
- Meat thermometer