Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Items I can't live without...

Potatoes - All kinds!! Hashbrowns (the shredded kind with no oil added), baked, boiled or mashed, they are filling, comforting and a super healthy food staple.

Corn - Fresh is my favorite, but frozen comes in handy for everyday use. I add corn to salads, tacos, corn bread, and use as a side dish with plenty of thyme, lemon and a dash of sugar.

Bragg's Liquid Aminos - I use this seasoning in soups, on top of rice or potatoes, or my favorite, sprayed on popcorn sprinkled with cayenne pepper.

Rice, Soy, Almond milks - for use in cereal, or to whip up mashed potatoes instead of butter, can be used in any recipe that calls for milk.

Ener-G-Egg Replacer - (It's just potato starch - like corn starch) Use in baked goods to substitute eggs. Available in natural food stores, 112 eggs for about $5 !! Great for food storage. Lately I have been subbing the potato starch for cornstarch and haven't seen a difference in baked goods!!

Gnoucchi - Italian potato dumplings usually found shelf stable or in the freezer section. Top with your favorite marinara sauce, or your own low-fat creation.

Applesauce - Also used alot in baking to substitute fat. I use in my muffin and quickbread recipes alot! I buy huge jars as Costco and never run out.

Puffed Grain Cereals - The healthiest cereal you can buy - cheapest too! I ate this alot when I was on the MWL Program, topped with sliced bananas and a sprinkle of sugar. I like the puffed wheat and puffed kamut the best. Choose whole grain cereals when you can.

Oats/Oatmeal - My breakfast standard. I just vary the toppings on my oatmeal for variety. I could eat it every day! Some of my favorite toppings are: Fresh or frozen berries, bananas, Grape-Nuts cereal, and of course a bit of your favorite sweetener - I just use brown sugar.

Fresh/Canned Soups: If you have the time, make a yummy soup once a week and eat it for lunch on top of brown/white rice or potatoes (all kinds). If you don't have time, then find some healthy low-fat (less than 10% of calories from fat) soups to heat up on the go.

Cocoa - I love chocolate!! When I need a fix, I either make some Chocolate Love Pudding, or some chocolate cookies made with cocoa. I've even sprinkled it in my oatmeal (with brown sugar of coarse) !! I like the brand called "Wonder Cocoa" it has a richer flavor than other brands.

Flourless Bread - Ezekiel's Sesame is my favorite! Great on the MWL Program, if you are cutting back on flours for some quicker weightloss.

Veggie Broth - Available in cubes or powders, essential for soup bases, making gravy, and jsut general all-purpose seasoning.

Seasoned Rice Vinegar /A Good Aged Balsamic - I use as salad dressings with salt and pepper. The easiest way to go!

Homemade Salsa - I love my recipe, but use your favorite one. I make a double batch once a week and we use it on everything. I put it on my salads with rice vinegar, brown rice, corn and beans for a hearty lunch.

Corn Tortillas - Pop a few in the toaster for quick "chips" to dip in salsa - or if you have a little more time, sprinkle with a little water and salt, and broil on top rack for 7 minutes - delicious!!

Spices - Depending on how much you cook from scratch, you will just buy them as needed, you'll find the ones you use most. I have found turmeric (for color) , garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, and a good quality curry to be essentials in my cupboard. Smoked Paprika is on my wish list...

Nutritional Yeast - I mostly use this in Susan Voisin's Mac n' Cheez recipe, it's lovely!! But I'm experimenting with other uses as well.


Krista said...

Food storage! Oh, thou author of Pass the Potatoes, you've made me very happy. I thought I was the only vegan one in my group. Thanks for the support!

foodsthatfit said...

Wonder Cocoa sounds amazing! I'll have to check it out!


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