Staples http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5125/all en-US The 10 Most Versatile Foods in Your Pantry http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-hardest-working-foods-in-your-pantry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-10-hardest-working-foods-in-your-pantry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-ingredients-cooking-kitchen-Dollarphotoclub_29066896.jpg" alt="ingredients kitchen" title="ingredients kitchen" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking to streamline your pantry? You can assemble quite a stock of simple staples that will make countless meals on a dime. I've done the hard work by identifying the ingredients you need to maximize your options &mdash; now put these 10 foods on your grocery list and start cooking!</p> <h2>1. Eggs</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/eggs%20bowl.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I don't know about you, but eggs are a huge hit in our house &mdash; and you can cook them easily in <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-perfectly-cooked-eggs">five different ways</a>. (Six, if you count omelets!) We scramble or fry them as the main protein with breakfast. Poach and sit over asparagus for dinner. Every other week I hard boil a dozen for quick snacks or use in egg salad sandwiches. And, yes, I even soft boil them on occasion for a fancy brunch item.</p> <h2>2. Rice</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/rice%20bowl.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>We also couldn't live without rice. We usually keep brown rice around, but you can use most any kind in soups and stews. On its own, rice is a strong side for a multitude of dishes from stir-fries to burritos to baked fish. Heck, you can even make <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/grandma-s-rice-pudding">dessert using rice</a> by mixing cooked leftovers with spices, milk, raisins, and eggs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-new-ways-to-spice-up-rice?ref=seealso">25 New Ways to Spice Up Rice</a>)</p> <h2>3. Bananas</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/ripe%20bananas.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>When I was vegan, I learned many tricks for using price-friendly bananas in new ways. Aside from eating them plain (or maybe with some peanut butter), bananas give my smoothies the dreamiest texture along with a dose of potassium. Have you ever thought to make a <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/05/scrambled-banana-sandwich.html">Banana Scramble Sandwich</a>? It's delicious, I promise you. Freeze slices of bananas on a cookie sheet and then blend in a food processor for a quick, dairy-free soft serve dessert. They also make a great egg substitute in most baked goods &mdash; just mash 1/4 cup of ripe banana well to replace one large egg.</p> <h2>4. Potatoes</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/potatoes%20basket.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I had a habit of bringing a sweet potato to lunch with me when I worked my last desk job. I learned how to cook it in the microwave by punching holes in it with a fork, zapping on high for a few minutes, and then flipping to cook a few minutes more. I'd slice and load with Greek yogurt, and pile in other toppings for a healthy lunch. And that's just one of the jillion options for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-special-sweet-potato-dishes">cooking sweet potatoes</a>. You can also make potato pancakes, cook up hash browns, slice into fries, boil, and chop into soups and stews.</p> <h2>5. Beans and Lentils</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/red%20beans_0.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Whether dried or canned, beans are a vegetarian's best friend. Even if you eat meat, beans (and lentils!) can be a wonderful complete protein to stock in your cupboard. It took me a long time to figure out how to <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/07/how-to-soak-cook-dried-beans.html">cook dry beans</a> from scratch, but I'm so glad I learned the method. The trick is letting them soak overnight before simmering in your pot. Beans and lentils go well in slow cooker recipes, veggie burgers, warm and cold salads, dips and spreads (like hummus) &mdash; just to name a few.</p> <h2>6. Garlic and Onions</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/garlic.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Flavor is big no matter what meal you're cooking, so keep a few garlic bulbs and onions in your kitchen at all times. Pretty much every savory recipe you'll ever cook up will require these two ingredients, and &mdash; without them &mdash; your resulting meal could be quite bland. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-onions?ref=seealso">10 Great Uses for Onions</a>)</p> <h2>7. Rolled Oats</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/dry%20oatmeal.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>We eat oats for breakfast almost every morning. It can get boring at times, so when I found myself with an excess of oats on our last break, I started making flour with them by pulverizing dry oats in my food processor. From there, I made <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/09/gf-oatmeal-raisin-pb-chocolate-chippers.html">chocolate chip cookies</a>, pancakes, and other baked goods that were outrageously good. I also use uncooked rolled oats to bulk up veggie burger recipes, veggie loaves, and add filling power to my smoothies. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-eat-oats-when-you-hate-oatmeal?ref=seealso">11 Ways To Eat Oats When You Hate Oatmeal</a>)</p> <h2>8. Frozen Vegetables</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/frozen%20vegetables.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>In the winter months, I have trouble keeping up with produce. So, I often fill my freezer with local and store-bought frozen veggies of all varieties. I especially like stir-fry mixes that pour out of the bag and onto the pan for 10-minute meals. (Just add a protein on the side and maybe some rice for a complete meal.) One of my other favorites, chopped frozen spinach, can be tossed into smoothies, burritos, dips, pizza crusts, and the list goes on. Bonus: Less food waste! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach?ref=seealso">35 Tasty Ways to Use Frozen Spinach</a>)</p> <h2>9. Peanut Butter</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/peanut%20butter%20spread.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I know most of us think of the standard PB&amp;J sandwich when we pick up peanut butter. I use peanut butter in cookies, on my morning oatmeal, and even as a base for tasty sauces. For example, you can take frozen veggie stir-fries from blah to amazing with this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-best-thai-peanut-sauce/">Thai Peanut Sauce</a> that combines peanut butter with coconut milk, soy sauce, fish sauce, and other spices. Oh, and you can even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-and-cheap-nut-butter-recipes-to-make-at-home">make your own peanut butter</a> to your specifications.</p> <h2>10. All Purpose Flour</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/all%20purpose%20flour.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>And then there's flour. Over the years, I've slowly started baking almost all the bread we consume. That might sound crazy, but it's mostly <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread">mixing, rising, and then baking</a> and eating or freezing. Sliced bread is just one example of what flour will give you the power to create. Think about all the homemade pizza, dinner and hamburger rolls, pastas, muffins, and various other cookies, cakes, pies, and other treats you can bake up. Don't forget to pick up a packet of yeast.</p> <p><em>Any small pantry staples I've overlooked? Please share your favorites in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-hardest-working-foods-in-your-pantry">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unusual-but-necessary-staples-to-add-to-your-pantry">12 Unusual (But Necessary!) Staples to Add to Your Pantry</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-pantry-foods-that-keep-longer-than-you-think">18 Pantry Foods That Keep Longer Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think">10 Things in Your Pantry That Don&#039;t Last as Long as You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">25 Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-new-ways-to-spice-up-rice">25 New Ways to Spice Up Rice</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink food storage pantry Staples Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:00:15 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1272040 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things in Your Pantry That Don't Last as Long as You Think http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pantry-food-Dollarphotoclub_34705108.jpg" alt="pantry food" title="pantry food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's kind of a general assumption that &quot;non-perishable&quot; food means that it'll last forever. That's far from accurate, however, and if you're not careful, consuming out-of-date or spoiled pantry items means your meals won't be as nutritious or flavorful as they might be &mdash; and you could be risking your health. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-eat-this-a-quick-guide-to-expiration-dates-and-food-safety?ref=seealso">Can I Eat This? A Quick Guide to Expiration Dates</a>)</p> <p>How do you know which staples are susceptible? Here's a list of 10 common cupboard items to keep an eye on.</p> <h2>1. Tea</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/tazo%20tea.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Tea has plenty of health benefits &mdash; like giving you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/drink-your-tea-types-health-benefits-and-how-to-brew-a-perfect-cup">more energy to exercise and reducing the risk of heart attack</a> &mdash; but only if it's stored properly.</p> <p>&quot;<a href="http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/food-safety-how-tell-when-food-spoiled">Antioxidants decrease an average of 32%</a> after 6 months on the shelf, according to a 2009 study in the Journal of Food Science,&quot; reports Prevention.com. &quot;These antioxidants, known as catechins, may decrease your risk of several types of cancer, but they are sensitive to both oxygen and light. Sadly, tea, unlike wine, does not improve with age.&quot;</p> <p>To maximize tea's efficacy, store in a sealed container in the fridge.</p> <h2>2. Spam</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/spam%20can.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're stocking up on food to ride out the impending zombie-pocalypse, Spam is a great option to fortify your nutritional reserves. Yeah, nutrition and Spam is an oxymoron, but when there's very little food left on the planet, whatever you have is nutritious. You just better hope the crisis is over in less than 17 years &mdash; because that's when non-perishables of even maximum strength preservative power start to throw in the towel.</p> <p>&quot;I'm far from a food expert, but my wife and I bought a can of Spam in 1997 thinking that it would last forever,&quot; admits Dr. Dave Popple, president of a leadership development firm. &quot;This year it split one of the seams [because] it was so bloated. Now I can say our love has lasted longer than a can of Spam.&quot;</p> <p>Let's hope it lasts longer than the zombie-pocalypse too. Or just check the &quot;<a href="http://www.spam.com/spam-101/what-is-the-shelf-life-of-spam-products">Best by</a>&quot; date on the bottom of the can before opening the can.</p> <h2>3. Canned Ham and Seafood</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/canned%20tuna.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I didn't call eww on Spam, but I am calling super yuck on canned ham and seafood. There's just something about meat in a four-year-old metal cylinder that's completely unappetizing. To each his own, I guess &mdash; but if you've been letting next year's holiday feast-in-a-tin sit in your pantry, prepare to spend Christmas getting your stomach pumped.</p> <p>Madison Kotack, digital marketing manager at <a href="http://www.mealkitsupply.com">Meal Kit Supply</a>, warns, &quot;Some canned hams and seafoods cannot be stored at room temperature, as many people might assume.&quot;</p> <h2>4. High-Acid Canned Goods</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/canned%20fruit%20vegetables.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Kotack also weighs in on high-acid canned goods like tomatoes. &quot;Canned tomatoes only last 12 to 18 months, while many assume the full 2 to 5 years of standard canned foods,&quot; she says. &quot;High-acid foods contain natural chemicals that continually corrode the container, which can alter the taste, texture, and nutritional value of the food over a long period of time.&quot;</p> <p>To avoid ingesting a potentially dangerous product, always check the expiration date before opening.</p> <h2>5. Dried Herbs and Ground Spices</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/dried%20herbs.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I know what you're thinking &mdash; how can dried herbs and spices possibly go bad? It's not so much that they actually go bad, per se, but they don't pack as much of a punch after a while. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-store-herbs-to-make-them-last-longer-and-taste-better?ref=seealso">How to Store Herbs to Make Them Last Longer and Taste Fresher</a>)</p> <p>&quot;Herbs and spices don't last as long as you think,&quot; says Lisa Wells, a blogger at Cook Eat Paleo. &quot;They lose their flavor and color over time and should be replaced. Dried herbs will last one to three years, but if they start to lose their scent that's a good indication that the flavor will be weak. Ground spices should be used within six to nine months for maximum flavor.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Whole Grain Flour, Nuts, and Seeds</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/nuts%20jar.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're not a fan of pancakes that taste like turpentine, keep an eye on your whole grain flour along with any nuts and seeds you keep in the pantry.</p> <p>&quot;People think that whole grain flour and nuts and seeds last forever, but the natural oils in these go rancid quickly,&quot; explains Dr. Sharon Palmer, author of <a href="http://www.sharonpalmer.com/">Plant-Powered for Life</a>. &quot;This not only makes these products taste awful &mdash; that familiar paint thinner flavor and odor &mdash; and it's not a healthy habit to eat oxidized, rancid food.&quot;</p> <p>As an alternative to the pantry, Dr. Palmer recommends storing these items in the freezer.</p> <h2>7. Potatoes</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/potatoes.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>A lot of people think that potatoes are still consumable as long as they don't have &quot;eyes,&quot; and even then I bet a good portion of those people just pick them off and prepare the potatoes anyway. Unfortunately, that's not a very smart way to eat your starches.</p> <p>In the pantry, potatoes last only one to two weeks at room temperature, according to <a href="http://www.stilltasty.com/">StillTasty.com</a>, but anywhere from two to three months when stored in a cooler dark area (45 to 55 degrees). That doesn't mean you should refrigerate your potatoes, however. Refrigeration can give the spuds a sweet taste and cause them to darken when cooked. Prepare the potatoes and freeze them, and they're good to go for up to a year.</p> <p>The site also advises to store the potatoes in a loosely covered sack or basket to allow for air circulation. Keep them away from onions, too, as the chemical reaction between the two will speed up the spoilage process.</p> <h2>8. Brown Rice</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/brown%20rice.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>While brown rice lasts a good six to eight months in the pantry, that's not always a foolproof way to ensure that it's consumable, mainly because you don't know how long it sat on the shelf before you bought it. Thus:</p> <ul> <li>If it has a sour smell, like rancid oil, it's bad;</li> <li>If it's dusty or oily, it's bad;</li> <li>If it contains mold, bugs, insect eggs, or other &quot;things&quot; in it (which is a real possibility; I'm not making this up), it's reeeeally bad.</li> </ul> <p>And if that's not enough to make you want to run for sheriff of the Brown Rice Police Department, let holistic health coach Wendy Kuhn impart her wisdom upon you:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&quot;Until this fall, I talked about how if you had healthy choices available in your pantry all of the time, it makes it easier to pull together healthy meals at the last minute,&quot; she says. &quot;I still believe that, but my timeline and quantities have changed significantly after a horrendous pantry moth invasion. The moths started in my brown rice and expanded to virtually all of my food products (except for canned goods). Not only did I have to throw out hundreds of dollars worth of food, but getting rid of them non-toxically was a huge and time-consuming challenge.&quot;</p> <p>Now, before you run to the pantry and throw out all your food, here are ways to prevent this nightmarish invasion from happening to you.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&quot;First, store food (whether it comes in boxes, plastic bag or sealed packages) in sealed glass containers,&quot; Kuhn advises. &quot;This moves people away from storing in plastic, which, especially as a breast cancer survivor, is a practice that I think is a good thing. Secondly, I have become a proponent of buying what you need. I no longer buy huge quantities of grains, but only enough for a few meals. The upside of this is that shopping for these essentials more often also means buying fresh produce more frequently, which is always a good thing. My point is, even though you think grains, cereals, flour, mixes, and other foods last forever, the pantry moths love them just a little bit too much and, trust me, it is not worth it.&quot;</p> <p>Alas, nothing can get rid of that phantom itch you have all over your body right now. You're welcome.</p> <h2>9. Cereal</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/cereal.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Your favorite breakfast cereal doesn't exactly spoil, but I'm sure you've noticed in the past that it's gotten stale. It's not immune to everyday elements, and it'll start <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/10/shelf-life-pantry-foods-_n_3248107.html">losing its texture and flavor</a> about three to four months after its been opened. (But let's be honest with ourselves here; those Fruity Pebbles don't last long in your house.) To extend cereal's shelf life, keep the box well covered so it stays crisper, longer.</p> <h2>10. Coffee</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/coffee%20bean%20cup.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>You don't have to worry about any nefarious living organisms infiltrating your coffee, but the pick-me-up does start to lose its flavor after a week or two in the pantry. Stash it in the fridge to preserve its full strength (and to keep the coffee thieves at bay).</p> <p><em>Do you know of other pantry staples to that don't last as long as we think they do? Let us know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unusual-but-necessary-staples-to-add-to-your-pantry">12 Unusual (But Necessary!) Staples to Add to Your Pantry</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-hardest-working-foods-in-your-pantry">The 10 Most Versatile Foods in Your Pantry</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-food-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Frugal Food Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-pantry-foods-that-keep-longer-than-you-think">18 Pantry Foods That Keep Longer Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk">13 Food Items to Always Buy in Bulk</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping expiration dates food waste pantry shelf life Staples Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:00:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 1269733 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Unusual (But Necessary!) Staples to Add to Your Pantry http://www.wisebread.com/12-unusual-but-necessary-staples-to-add-to-your-pantry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-unusual-but-necessary-staples-to-add-to-your-pantry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/basmati-rice-Dollarphotoclub_71655424.jpg" alt="basmati rice" title="basmati rice" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've ever seen a basic household organizer, it usually comes with a basic shopping list for pantry staples and other grocery items to keep on hand at all times. These are usually very simple items that a household of any size, background, or dietary preference will share in common.</p> <p>What can make or break a delicious meal, evening of entertainment, or delicious treat, however, is the not-so-ordinary ingredient. Recipes won't be the same without them, and they should have a place in all cupboards and fridges. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-herbs-and-spices-every-pantry-should-have?ref=seealso">The 12 Herbs and Spices Every Pantry Should Have</a>)</p> <p>Here's the list of rarely mentioned, super important items I keep on hand at all times.</p> <h2>1. Capers</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/capers-Dollarphotoclub_58098928.jpg" /></p> <p>These salty little garnishes are actually the buds of flowers. They taste amazing in dishes that use lemon-cream sauces, and can <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/chicken_cutlets_with_caper_sauce/">take a cutlet</a> from &quot;ho-hum&quot; to &quot;how did you do it?&quot; One tiny jar can last quite a long time after opening, provided you keep it in the fridge.</p> <h2>2. Artichoke Heart Quarters</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/artichoke-hearts-Dollarphotoclub_65853299.jpg" /></p> <p>Drain them and add to salads, a relish tray, or a pizza. I can't think of a cheesy dip that won't be even better with these as an ingredients; try them in spinach dip, for example.</p> <h2>3. Maraschino Cherries</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/maraschino-cherries-Dollarphotoclub_61777837.jpg" /></p> <p>Even tea-totalers will enjoy dropping one or two of these into their mixed drinks. They make a sundae special and add flavor to cookies and cakes.</p> <h2>4. Panko</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/panko-bread-crumbs-Dollarphotoclub_52379396.jpg" /></p> <p>These super-crunchy bread crumbs are all you need for perfectly crispy homemade chicken strips, fish sticks, breaded stir-fry meats, and crunchy appetizers. Since they are light and golden brown, you can ensure that your finished foods won't be soggy or bland.</p> <h2>5. Ramen Noodles</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/ramen-noodles-Dollarphotoclub_73258017.jpg" /></p> <p>This quick-to-prepare pasta is a brilliant way to serve any Asian-inspired stir-fry or meat. It takes less time than rice, and can be tossed into sauces (minus the seasoning packet) for a fun noodle experience.</p> <h2>6. Dried Lemongrass</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/dried-lemongrass-Dollarphotoclub_35829593.jpg" /></p> <p>One jar in your spice cupboard can go a long way to amp up dishes and add dimension to new Thai flavored recipes.</p> <h2>7. Shallots</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/shallots-Dollarphotoclub_67109052.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>These beautiful greens look like big green onions, and taste a bit like a cross between a very mild onion and garlic. Dice them up for a pleasant addition to potato soups, or substitute them for cooked white onions in most any dish.</p> <h2>8. Coconut Oil</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/coconut-oil-Dollarphotoclub_66015418.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>While the health benefits of substituting this oil are becoming pretty well known, it's also a very useful beauty product to keep on hand. What other ingredient can be used to lightly fry tortillas for tacos and also be used as a <a href="http://www.babycenter.com/0_african-american-babies-hair-care_10330036.bc">leave-in conditioner</a> for baby's hair?</p> <h2>9. Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/chickpeas-Dollarphotoclub_59083965.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>This crunchy &quot;nut&quot; is actually a bean, and it makes a perfect topping for chef salads. You can also <a href="http://www.lillepunkin.com/2014/07/back-to-school-snack-recipe-crunchy.html">try roasting them</a> for a savory, crunchy alternative to packaged products like Corn-Nuts.</p> <h2>10. Ladyfingers</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/ladyfingers-Dollarphotoclub_63026039.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>These sort-of sweet cookies are the stuff tiramisu is literally made of. Use them as a layering ingredients between puddings and fruits; you'll have an amazingly <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/strawberry-tiramisu-trifle">simple trifle</a> to delight your guests with!</p> <h2>11. Basmati Rice</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/basmati-rice-Dollarphotoclub_71655424.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Forget the &quot;minute rice&quot; or even plain boring white rice, and enjoy this fragrant version readily available at most grocery stores. The texture and flavor are subtly superior to the rice most of us are used to, making your common rice recipes feel special each and every time you prepare them!</p> <h2>12. Blue Corn Chips</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/blue-corn-chips-Dollarphotoclub_62538690.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>These are now available by many snack food brands, and they add wonderful color to your party spread without any additional effort. Mix them in with regular corn tortillas or just serve them alone. I find them to be pleasantly &quot;nuttier&quot; tasting.</p> <p>While everyone will have their own special ingredients, playing with new ones can broaden your horizons and add new experiences to your lunches and dinners.</p> <p><em>Which one of the ingredients above will you start using first?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unusual-but-necessary-staples-to-add-to-your-pantry">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-hardest-working-foods-in-your-pantry">The 10 Most Versatile Foods in Your Pantry</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think">10 Things in Your Pantry That Don&#039;t Last as Long as You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink ingredients pantry recipes Staples Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:00:07 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1265976 at http://www.wisebread.com 21 Foods That Cost Under a Buck a Pound — With Recipes! http://www.wisebread.com/21-foods-that-cost-under-a-buck-a-pound-with-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/21-foods-that-cost-under-a-buck-a-pound-with-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy-grocery-shopping-159289223-small.jpg" alt="grocery shopping" title="grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you ever look at your inflated grocery bill and think, &quot;Maybe I should have just gone to the drive-through?&quot; Cooking can feel a little pricey, especially if you're not a seasoned deal finder. It might be time to change the way you approach a visit to the supermarket. Luckily, many of the healthiest foods are also the cheapest, so you can save money and be healthy at the same time. Start with the following foods, which can all be found for under $1 a pound! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck?ref=seealso">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a>)</p> <p>While exact prices depend on where you live, where you shop, and even what time of year it is, no matter where you are or the season, all of these food items are worth their weight.</p> <h2>1. Pumpkin</h2> <p>A fall favorite, pumpkin also happens to be reasonably priced and versatile. You can make desserts, soup, bread, side dishes, and more, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-fun-ways-to-use-pumpkin">including non-food items</a>.</p> <h2>2. Beans</h2> <p>Beans are healthy, easy to prepare, and a great source of protein. Good thing they're so cheap! Two of the cheapest beans, pinto beans and chickpeas, can be used in a variety of ways, including a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mediterranean-bean-salad/">fresh and tasty bean salad</a>.</p> <h2>3. Bananas</h2> <p>This potassium-rich yellow fruit is the ultimate snack on-the-go. Even organic bananas cost well under $1 a pound, and you can use over-ripe fruit for baked goods like <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/banana-nut-muffins-recipe.html">muffins</a>.</p> <h2>4. Potatoes</h2> <p>A cornerstone of the American diet, potatoes are also a good source of fiber and potassium. They can be used in all sort of ways, but as a <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/parmesan-roasted-potatoes">simple roasted side dish</a> is a good place to start.</p> <h2>5. Canned Tuna</h2> <p>A protein that is shelf-stable for years, canned tuna is ultimately convenient. You can't go wrong with a classic <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/essential-recipe-tuna-salad-recipes-from-the-kitchn-194944">tuna salad.</a></p> <h2>6. Apples</h2> <p>Many common varieties of apples are under $1 a pound when bought in three or five pound bags. Lucky for us, since apples are delicious and great for you. An easy and satisfying way to eat apples is to simply <a href="http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/baked-apples-with-cinnamon/">bake them.</a></p> <h2>7. Cantaloupe and Honeydew</h2> <p>These melons play a starring role in any successful fruit salad, and happen to be easy on the wallet. Cantaloupe and honeydew also successfully straddle the sweet and savory line, often featured with cured meat or <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/315726/cucumber-cantaloupe-and-squash-salad#Cantaloupe%20and%20Honeydew%20Recipes%7C/275379/cantaloupe-and-honeydew-recipes/@center/276955/seasonal-produce-recipe-guide%7C315726">in salads.</a></p> <h2>8. Grapefruit</h2> <p>A healthy citrus fruit that makes a great breakfast, grapefruit is also very affordable. Sprinkle a little sugar on your grapefruit halves and <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/broiled-grapefruit.html">broil them</a> for a real treat.</p> <h2>9. Limes</h2> <p>Another biggie in the citrus world, limes are a zesty accent to many dishes and drinks, and are cheaper than their yellow counterparts. They can also be big players in desserts <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/07/10-minute-lime-cracker-pie-recipe.html">such as pie.</a></p> <h2>10. Plain Yogurt</h2> <p>Yogurt contains beneficial probiotics and much-needed calcium, and is often priced under $1 a pound for the plain variety (not Greek-style). Yogurt pairs well with sweet fruit, granola, or in smoothies and drinks like a <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/10689-mango-lassi">mango lassi.</a></p> <h2>11. Oranges</h2> <p>Not just for juice, eat a Valencia orange and get a juicy boost of Vitamin C. Oranges add a nice flavor to many dishes sweet and savory, like in salads and <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/citrus_salsa.html">salsa.</a></p> <h2>12. Cabbage</h2> <p>A crunchy cruciferous vegetable that is full of fiber and vitamin K, cabbage is a real bargain. It can be eaten raw or cooked, and serves as the base for the popular side dish <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/classic-coleslaw">coleslaw.</a></p> <h2>13. Onions</h2> <p>Many great savory recipes start with cooked or raw onion, and for good reason. Onions add layers of flavor to dishes, and can even be used as a <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/02/french-onion-soup/">main ingredient.</a></p> <h2>14. Pineapple</h2> <p>This funny looking tropical fruit is juicy budget-friendly. Simply eaten as is or made into a <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Grilled-Pineapple-102083">grilled dessert</a>, pineapple is a crowd-pleaser.</p> <h2>15. White Rice</h2> <p>White rice might not be as healthy as its cousin brown rice (which costs a little more), but it's easy, versatile, and affordable. Combine it with beans or <a href="http://shewearsmanyhats.com/chicken-and-rice-is-oh-so-nice/">chicken</a> for a low-cost meal.</p> <h2>16. Sweet Potatoes</h2> <p>These brightly-colored tubers are vitamin-filled and taste great simply baked in the oven or <a href="http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000000522028,00.html">roasted with herbs</a>.</p> <h2>17. Carrots</h2> <p>Another orange powerhouse, carrots can be eaten raw, baked, steamed, sauteed, or juiced. They make a nice crunchy snack and a <a href="http://www.onceuponachef.com/2013/03/curried-roasted-carrots.html">flavorful side dish</a>.</p> <h2>18. Corn</h2> <p>You can buy corn fresh, frozen or canned, and use it in a number of ways. Fresh corn on the cob is perfect grilled, briefly boiled, or steamed with a little seasoning. Using canned or frozen corn, you can make a hearty <a href="http://www.jamieoliver.com/us/foundation/jamies-food-revolution/recipes/CORN_CHOWDER">corn chowder</a>.</p> <h2>19. Eggs</h2> <p>Believe it or not, there are still eggs to be found for less than $1 a pound. Eggs are a great source of protein and play many roles in cooking and baking. They also make a satisfying main dish, like a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/dining/151mrex.html?_r=0">simple frittata.</a></p> <h2>20. Mustard and Collard Greens</h2> <p>Dark leafy greens are a superfood, and are loaded with valuable nutrients. Shred them up into salads or saute them as a healthy <a href="http://www.pauladeen.com/quick-spicy-collards">side dish.</a></p> <h2>21. Butternut Squash</h2> <p>This rich-tasting squash can be roasted, put in pasta, made into soup, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-squash-recipes-for-fall">and more.</a> Plus it's a real bang for your buck!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite buck a pound food? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-foods-that-cost-under-a-buck-a-pound-with-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-prairie-farmer-s-meal-plan-eat-for-a-buck-or-two-a-day">A Prairie Farmer’s Meal Plan: Eat for a Buck or Two a Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ghetto-mac-yours-for-1">The GHETTO MAC - yours for $1.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-well-on-just-20-a-week-with-meal-plans">How to Eat Well on Just $20 a Week (With Meal Plans!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-new-ways-to-spice-up-rice">25 New Ways to Spice Up Rice</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Food and Drink cheap eats Cheap Food Staples Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:00:11 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1252175 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 New Ways to Spice Up Rice http://www.wisebread.com/25-new-ways-to-spice-up-rice <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-new-ways-to-spice-up-rice" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/rice-81748886.jpg" alt="rice" title="rice" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pop quiz: What's a naturally shelf-stable, impressively inexpensive ingredient that most of us have in bulk on our pantry shelves? The answer? Rice! Whether white, brown, purple, wild, basmati, jasmine, or you name it, rice is a filling side dish when served plain with many of our favorite meals. Spiced up, you might find yourself using rice for many more recipes than you ever imagined &mdash; even whole dinners. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-rice-cookers?ref=seealso">Best Rice Cookers</a>)</p> <h2>1. Fried Rice</h2> <p>Do you often order fried rice out because you think you can't replicate it at home? Think again. This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to make perfect <a href="http://mykitchentrials.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/vegetable-fried-rice-with-step-by-step-pictures/">Vegetable Fried Rice</a> every time &mdash; and it's easier than you might imagine.</p> <h2>2. Rice Pilaf</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Mexican-Rice-Pilaf">Mexican Rice Pilaf</a> is as gorgeous as it is flavorful. With a number of spices and seasonings, including cumin, chilies, and cilantro, it would make a fast weeknight meal or even serve as a suitable side, according to the author, at your holiday dinner table.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/rice-pilaf-469665191-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>3. Coconut Lime Rice</h2> <p>Looking for the epitome of simple, but satisfying? Use full fat coconut milk for the richest flavor in this <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/04/coconut-jasmati-rice-review.html">Coconut Lime Rice</a>. It goes wonderfully with Thai entrees, but could even serve as the base of a meal with some steamed or fried veggies to top things off.</p> <h2>4. Rice Stew</h2> <p>With just five ingredients, this <a href="http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipe/sausage-and-rice-stew/?crlt.pid=camp.FPzmPr4U5H73">Sausage and Rice Stew</a> is both cheap and easy to make. Oh, and did I mention it comes together in less than 30 minutes? Time is money, people! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-5-ingredient-recipes-that-save-time-and-money?ref=seealso">25 Easy 5-Ingredient Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>5. Yellow Rice</h2> <p>This bright <a href="http://www.mccormick.com/recipes/salads-sides/yellow-rice-with-peas?utm_source=pinterest">Turmeric Rice With Peas</a> is a vibrant addition to any meal. You may even have all the ingredients already in your pantry. Add dried Italian spices for some extra kick and use frozen peas to make everything budget friendly. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables?ref=seealso">20+ Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Veggies</a>)</p> <h2>6. Green Rice</h2> <p>If you're looking to sneak in some veggies, this classic <a href="http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/arroz_verde_green_rice.aspx">Arroz Verde</a> has a twist. Whereas similar dishes rely heavily on cilantro for color, this one packs a hefty punch of spinach as well, making it an easy way to get in more greens for the day.</p> <h2>7. Rice Soup</h2> <p>There are lots of tasty spices in this <a href="http://arcticgardenstudio.blogspot.com/2013/11/spicy-chicken-rice-soup-with-sweet.html">Chicken Rice Soup</a> &mdash; cinnamon, paprika, chili powder, coriander, cayenne, and more. Plus, sweet potatoes and spinach give the whole meal some special superfood powders, making it a particularly healthy bowl as well.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/rice-soup-468734225-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>8. Sweet Rice</h2> <p>Want to make something unique for that upcoming potluck? Try this <a href="http://www.evilshenanigans.com/2010/07/coconut-mango-rice-pudding/?referrer=LuxeFinds.com">Coconut Mango Rice Pudding</a>. It's spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, and vanilla and punctuated with chunks of healthy mango for natural sweetness. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-weird-and-wonderful-ways-to-use-rice?ref=seealso">Weird and Wonderful Ways to Use Rice</a>)</p> <h2>9. Tomato Rice</h2> <p>Need to use up some produce before it goes bad? Add whatever veggies you have in your fridge to this basic <a href="http://chefinyou.com/2010/08/mexican-rice-recipe/">Tomato Rice</a> dish, and you've got a full meal. You can easily adjust the spice level of this recipe by seeding the jalapeno pepper (or not, if you're a heat-lover like me).</p> <h2>10. Vegetarian Rice Bowl</h2> <p>For this <a href="http://www.sandraseasycooking.com/2013/10/vegetarian-mixed-rice-bowl.html">Vegetarian Mixed Rice Bowl</a>, all you need is a single cup of rice per person. From there, the veggies and vegetarian proteins take over, making it an easily customizable meal that comes together in a flash. The author offers up a number of garnish options to salivate over, too.</p> <h2>11. Pesto Rice</h2> <p>Served hot or cold, this <a href="http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/italian/pesto-rice-salad.html">Pesto Rice Salad</a> can stand on its own as a starter or as accompaniment to the main course. If you're pressed for time, skip the pesto recipe and purchase some at your local grocery store. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/better-with-basil-21-uses-for-jarred-pesto?ref=seealso">21 Uses for Jarred Pesto</a>)</p> <h2>12. On-the-Grill Rice</h2> <p>Cooking out? This tangy <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/rice-on-the-grill?keycode=ZPIN0513">Grilled Rice</a> dish is made in a disposable foil pan. Inexpensive chopped onion, peppers, and mushrooms lend some veggie flair &mdash; and vegetarians can substitute in vegetable broth for the chicken broth.</p> <h2>13. Crockpot Risotto</h2> <p>I adore a good risotto, but I hate taking the time to make it myself. Enter the slow cooker. This creamy <a href="http://kidscooking.about.com/od/ricerecipes/r/crockpot-risotto-asparagus.htm">Asparagus Risotto</a> comes together in just 15 minutes and takes only three hours to cook after that. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-slow-cookers?ref=seealso">Best Slow Cookers</a>)</p> <p><img width="605" height="302" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/rice-risotto-168269154-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>14. Curried Rice</h2> <p>How about some <a href="http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2009/06/recipe-for-baked-lemon-curry-rice-with.html">Baked Lemon-Curry Rice</a> topped with toasted pine nuts? I can't wait to try this one myself. Though this recipe is written specifically for individuals on the South Beach Diet, I'm confident you can substitute your favorite rice with fabulous results.</p> <h2>15. Rice Salad</h2> <p>The magenta and green from the pomegranates and pistachios in this <a href="http://www.kcet.org/living/food/the-public-kitchen/pomegranate-and-pistachio-wild-rice-salad.html">Wild Rice Salad</a> are sure to entertain your taste buds. I love how the author uses lemon juice, honey, and fresh ginger to naturally sweeten and dress this sumptuous salad, but includes a jolt of black pepper for good measure.</p> <h2>16. Homemade Rice-a-Roni</h2> <p>Maybe you have a thing for the San Francisco treat, but would rather leave the packaging behind and make it at home. I've got the recipe for you! This <a href="http://lifecurrents.dw2.net/homemade-rice-a-roni/">Broccoli Au Gratin Rice-a-Roni</a> has so few (but wholesome!) ingredients, you'll wonder why you ever bought boxed in the first place.</p> <h2>17. Fruity Rice</h2> <p>This next recipe bridges the gap from the savory to the sweet. <a href="http://tastefoodblog.com/2013/11/05/thanksgiving-sides-wild-rice-with-dried-fruit-and-pecans/">Wild Rice With Dried Fruit and Pecans</a> sounds more complicated than it actually is. You could even substitute brown or white rice with the same mix of spices, fruits, and nuts for a similar dish.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/rice-fruity-84465164-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>18. Leftover Rice Soup</h2> <p>Have you ever made too much rice one night and not known what to do with it the next? This <a href="http://www.cooksmarts.com/cs-blog/2013/10/black-bean-leftover-rice-soup-recipe/#.Uv5r4HfuyM0">Black Bean and Leftover Rice Soup</a> recipe has you covered. Not only is this bowl filling, but it's also purposefully budget conscious. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-delicious-rice-and-bean-dishes?ref=seealso">35 Rice and Beans Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>19. Rice Cooker Jambalaya</h2> <p>Maybe you're a pro at this rice thing, enough that you have a rice cooker at home. This <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/rice-cooker-jambalaya-175026">Rice Cooker Jambalaya</a> has all the goodness of more tricky counterparts, all without the fuss it takes to cook this Cajun staple.</p> <h2>20. Asian Rice</h2> <p>Brown rice takes center stage in this <a href="http://thecozyapron.com/cozy-cameo-asian-style-brown-rice-salad-a-salad-for-modern-times/">Asian-Style Rice Salad</a>. This recipe is great if you're looking to add both color and texture to your meal. And feel free to substitute other proteins in for the chicken. I think shredded beef or even cubed, fried tofu would make a solid replacement.</p> <h2>21. Custom Rice</h2> <p>The author claims this <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/my-ten-minute-ten-dollar-dinner-193843">Versatile Rice</a> &quot;recipe&quot; takes only 10 minutes to assemble and costs just 10 dollars. The customization is all in the seasonings, where you can use &quot;olive oil for an Italian Rice Dish, grapeseed for Chinese Rice Dish, a little bacon grease for French or Cajun.&quot;</p> <h2>22. Rice Pudding</h2> <p>You can fix and forget this <a href="http://bakedbree.com/rice-pudding-brulee-2">Rice Pudding</a> recipe in your slow cooker. After just two hours, you'll have a delicious dessert the whole family can enjoy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-easy-and-scrumptious-microwaveable-desserts?ref=seealso">23 Microwaveable Dessert</a>s)</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/rice-pudding-177258403-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>23. Sushi Rice</h2> <p>Making sushi at home can be tough, so why not try this <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/california-roll-sushi-bowl">California Roll Sushi Bowl</a>? It contains all the fun flavors and textures that are inside your favorite rolls, just deconstructed for more instant gratification.</p> <h2>24. Brown Rice Burgers</h2> <p>Rice can be used in a number of different ways, including as a hearty base for vegan <a href="http://www.handletheheat.com/2012/06/chickpea-brown-rice-burgers.html">Chickpea Brown Rice Burgers</a>. After cooking, mixing together with some spices, and a little pureeing, these filling burgers are ready to cook on your stove-top.</p> <h2>25. Caprese Rice</h2> <p>I absolutely love caprese salad, so this <a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/rice-salad-caprese#_a5y_p=707619">Rice Salad Caprese</a> dish looks incredible to me. The best part? The ingredients are fresh and super simple. All you need is rice, some vine-ripened tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, garlic, onion, and a few other basics like olive oil and black pepper.</p> <p><em>Yum, rice! What's your favorite way to enjoy rice?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-new-ways-to-spice-up-rice">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-delicious-rice-and-bean-dishes">35 Delicious Rice and Bean Dishes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-foods-that-cost-under-a-buck-a-pound-with-recipes">21 Foods That Cost Under a Buck a Pound — With Recipes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unusual-but-necessary-staples-to-add-to-your-pantry">12 Unusual (But Necessary!) 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Pushing a cart around a store is not one of the ways I amuse myself. I've found that because of my attempts to get in and out of the grocery store, I wind up forgetting things. The only way I can manage is to have a perfect grocery list &mdash; the type that includes even the little things that we need on every trip. There are some tricks to figuring out a grocery list, though, and I'm sharing them here and now.</p> <ol> <li>Use a spreadsheet. I know that not everyone likes to use technology for stuff like their shopping lists, but being able to organize my list, especially by store, has saved my life. It also makes it easier to add information like whether I have a coupon or which store is holding a sale.</li> <li>Add items immediately when you run out. The biggest danger to my grocery list is three little words: &ldquo;Oh, I&rsquo;ll remember.&rdquo; Whenever I run out of something, I write it down immediately. If I see that someone else has used up the last crumbs, I write that down, too.</li> <li>Buy in bulk, when you can. I live in an apartment, but I still managed to find a hiding place for a 25-pound bag of flour. Small spaces should just be an opportunity for creativity. Buying in bulk from Sam&rsquo;s Club and its ilk can often get me just as good of a deal as clipping coupons and buying weekly from a grocery store.</li> <li>Shop around, but not too much. I read the weekly sales paper, and pick one or two stores that seem to have the best overall prices for the week. For some families, it may come down to the price of just one item: I usually wind up going with the store with the cheapest price on our soda pop of choice.</li> <li>Plan meals. The easiest way to get an idea of what needs to be on your shopping list is to plan out what you&rsquo;ll be preparing for the next week or so. You can put together a list from your ingredients, and, if someone&rsquo;s coming to dinner, you know which ingredients you&rsquo;ll need more of.</li> <li>Determine your staples. Every family has different staples: my boyfriend would mutiny if I didn&rsquo;t keep cheddar cheese on hand at all times, while my mother&rsquo;s household practically runs on tortillas. Whether or not your staples fit into your meal plan, they&rsquo;re usually worth picking up. Running out may not be a pretty option.</li> <li>Go green. The less you&rsquo;re buying from the store means the less that has to go on your grocery list. Even as simple a step as purchasing cloth napkins to reuse, rather than buying paper towels or paper napkins, can <a title="Supermarket Savings Guide" href="http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-savings">reduce costs</a>, as well as worry when you forget to buy something to wipe up messes.</li> </ol> <p>If you've got a tip on refining the shopping list, let me know! I'm always looking for ways to simplify my system.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-streamlining-your-shopping-list">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/growing-my-own-food-in-my-apartment">Growing My Own Food...In My Apartment</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk">13 Food Items to Always Buy in Bulk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender">14 Cool Uses for a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-new-ways-to-spice-up-rice">25 New Ways to Spice Up Rice</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink bulk Food green grocery list meal planning shopping list Staples Tue, 22 Jan 2008 17:25:51 +0000 Thursday Bram 1660 at http://www.wisebread.com 400GB Western Digital external hard drive under $90 delivered. http://www.wisebread.com/400gb-western-digital-external-hard-drive-under-90-delivered <p><img width="360" height="360" title="WD 400gb" alt="WD 400gb" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/s0200730_enl.jpg" /></p> <p>The stellar deals continue. 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