Once upon a time, (long before I knew any better) my pantry was stocked with packet pasta mixes and jars of sauces. I had yet to discover the love of cooking or the desire to stock my larder with a bounty of wholesome ingredients.
We are so spoilt for choice really. Our regular downtown grocery stores have a plethora of fresh, seasonal produce. There are farmers markets and organic produce boxes. Whole food markets are popping up allover.
It is no longer strange, "alternative" or ''earthie" to eat a diet rich in whole grains and natural, unprocessed foods.
Its something I am drawn to. Challenged daily to fill the bellies of my boy's with tasty, wholesome meals. I don't always get it right and I am far from a natural food goddess. There are still a few sneaky tins of baked beans in the pantry and I don't think I will ever rid my big boys of their love for "plastic bread", as hard as I try!
I have been scribbling down my recipes as I go. I am loving sharing them with you as I have this little whole foods adventure.
So here are a few very basic tips to start filling your pantry with whole foods:
- Add wholemeal flours to your pantry - They add delicious flavour and texture and of course are far better for you.
- Replace your margarine with butter - There is nothing quite like the flavour. Whole foods advocates advice that using butter (in moderation) is the healthier option.
- Throw your white sugar to the ants - Raw sugar is the natural alternative. Adding other natural sweeteners to your stash will add sublime flavour to your cooking. Honey, maple syrup... the list goes on.
- Eggs are gold - Reach for these on nights were you need something tasty, quick and filling. The possibilities are endless