Monday, December 16, 2013

Our Healthy Pantry

A lot of people ask have begun to ask me what we have in our kitchen for meals and snacks. Most of what we have is for feeding a family of eight, mostly gluten free, somewhat Paleo. What we have is mostly fresh or frozen. We try to avoid the highly processed foods that come in all those middle isles of boxes, cans and jars. But they occasionally make our way into our home. Notice the premade pumpkin pie in our fridge!

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Our fridge at home or on vacation generally includes:

Distilled Water, Naked Juice, Sparkling Water

Dressings, sauces, crushed garlic, maple syrup, jelly

Applesauce, dried apricots, fresh fruit (apples, bananas, grapes), Sweet/Green Peppers

Almond Milk, String Cheese, Block Cheese, eggs, yogurt, coconut butter, dairy butter

Pickles, fresh veggies (lettuce, onions, cucumbers, carrots)

Ground Turkey, deli meat, venison brats / turkey dogs, bacon pieces, other meats

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My favorite thing to stock is sparkling water, lime LaCroix hits the spot as a carbonated drink. No sweetners of any kind, just bubbly water.

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Our freezer [fridge and chest freezer] stays stocked with:

Frozen veggies (green beans, mixed veggies, zucchini, pumpkin, spinach)

Fruits (strawberries, blueberries)

Garden Burgers, Meatballs, Garden Lites muffins

Meat (ground turkey, chicken breasts, farm beef, venison)

Breads, incl gluten free loaves

Butter, ice cream, popsicles

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Countertop and Dry Storage:

My kids are always asking for snacks, so I must always have apples and bananas on hand. This is also where I store my onions, sweet potatoes and squash on the countertops.

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Other snacks are in locked cupboards. These are the basic gluten free chips and crackers, baby snacks, rice cakes, craisins, raisins, peanuts, pistachios, dried fruit, salsa and the like. However, the other cupboard holds our gluten or high carb snacks such as fruit snacks, potato chips, oatmeal, wheat pasta, croutons, popcorn, etc. As you can see, it's a rather empty spot.

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Newer to having a real stash of canning goods (so much more next year), this is my mini section for canned tomatoes, pickles, venison, salsa, jams and relishes.

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Our main pantry:

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Top: Organic Coconut Sugar, Truvia for baking, Namaste Gluten Free Flour Blend, Trader Joe's Rolled Oats (Gluten Free), Brown Rice, Almond Flour, Coconut Flour

Middle: Sauerkraut, Peanut Butter, Marinara, Broth, Canned Tuna and Chicken,  Canned tomatoes and fruit, Canned Beans, Garlic, etc

Bottom: Noodles (Brown Rice and Corn), Wild Rice, Gluten Free Pizza Crust, Quinoa, Chia seeds, Flax (ground), nuts

Base cabinet: Cereals, pancake mix, applesauce, peanut butter, and other gluten free breakfast foods.

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Spices enhance any basic Meat and Veggies Meal!

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*Notice supplements are part of our nutrient rich stash… (Melaleuca.com)

 

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My liquid cooking cupboard includes olive oil, vinegar, honey, molasses, vanilla and coconut oil.Healthy Pantry

 

 

I hope this glance into my cupboards helps get your gears going on what you should have in your kitchen, and maybe what you should be throwing out? Of course we're always refining our diets and making changes to our meal plans. Please comment on your favorite parts of this post or link to what your cupboards look like!

Strawberry Santas

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This was one of those Pinterest ideas I just had to follow through on!

 

Simply, cut strawberry point and leaves off.

Fill with piped whipping cream.

Top with strawberry point.

Add whipped cream on top.

Use food coloring gel for eyes.

 

Surround with mini marshmallows if you'd like!

Venison Stew

The Michalek Kitchen - Venison Stew

 

Now that I have a few jars of Canned Venison in my pantry, I wondered what deliciousness I could come up with. I made a typical stew with broth, carrots, onions, and celery and added in my canned venison. The only seasoning I added is Cabela's Wild Game seasoning.

 

mmm good.

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