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Busy nights call for go-to dinners.
With unpredictable or packed schedules, we know how important it is to have go-to meals, so we created a list of our essential pantry items to have stocked in bulk or to restock each week. This will make your life a heck of a lot easier when it comes to dinner planning. Our hope is that we can help remove the stress and make it easy for you to whip up one of our go-to dinners even on the busiest of days, without having to think twice! Our list includes staple ingredients to help you cook up these 5 dinners:
The purpose of this pantry list is not to give you exact recipes, but to rather give you ideas based on staple pantry items. You can then add your veggie, carb, and protein of choice based on what you have in the fridge that week.
THE PANTRY GROCERY LIST
We are going to assume you have olive oil/coconut oil, sugar (coconut/brown/cane), salt, and black pepper...and if you don't then definitely purchase that as well ;)
**Dress it up with protein of choice (chicken/shrimp/tofu) and throw in some fresh veggies (broccoli/cilantro/bell peppers/mushrooms). Create a soup by adding some broth (veggie/chicken/beef all work).
**Create your own version with either bison or beef as the protein. Add chili powder, cayenne, cumin, or cinnamon depending on your flavor preference and some red bell peppers.
**Want to be "healthier"? Roast spaghetti squash and mix your noods with some squash noodles. Or sneak in another fave veggie (spinach, mushrooms, and bell peppers work great) and protein (bolognese anyone --add grass-fed beef or bison). Get fancy by sprinkling on some fresh parm and herbs (basil or parsley).
**Taco Night should be the least stressful throw together meal. You can make a bowl, a salad, or a traditional taco. Don't have meat on hand, go veggie with black beans/sweet potatoes/or quinoa as filling. Season with taco seasoning or create your own with spices on hand. Dress it up with veggies or if you're living on "the edge" cheese/sour cream/hot sauce.