The holiday season can be stressful, especially if you’re entertaining or trying to eat healthy. One way to minimize that stress is to keep your pantry stocked with healthy staples that can be used as ingredients to make quick meals or to prepare larger spreads for guests. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of pantry staples to help you prepare for the holiday season.
Canned tuna is a great source of protein that can be added to salads, pasta dishes, and sandwiches. This makes it a versatile pantry staple that’s worth stocking up on. During the holidays, it’s worthwhile to have other types of canned seafood in your pantry as well. Canned oysters, shrimp and crabmeat into impressive hors d’oeuvres with very little effort.
Whether you need to refuel on the go or prepare snacks for guests, having a couple of boxes of crackers in your pantry will come in handy at some point. Top whole grain crackers with cheddar cheese or canned tuna for a quick snack or opt for gourmet crackers paired with our Smoked Oyster Dip when you’re entertaining guests.
Dried Fruit and Nuts
Not only do dried fruit and nuts make great fuel for a healthy, active lifestyle but they’re also perfect for entertaining. Put out a few bowls of different types of nuts while serving wine or cocktails to keep your guests satiated or use dried fruit to add a little flair to classic holiday entertaining recipes, like bacon wrapped oysters.
Canned tomatoes and tomato paste are incredibly versatile and can add flavour to a wide range of snacks and meals! Make a delicious pasta sauce, cook a pot of flavourful soup or whip up a spicy salsa—the possibilities are endless.
Like canned tomatoes, stocks and broths are pantry staples that add a lot of flavour to recipes. Keep some basic stocks and broths on hand over the holidays, and beyond, to simplify cooking. Chicken, beef, and vegetable flavours will cover you in most situations. In general, stocks are richer and more flavourful than broths so consider this when deciding what to reach for and be sure to choose low-sodium and organic options wherever possible.
Pasta and Grains
Combined with your other pantry staples, pasta and grains make it possible for you to cook an entire meal or side dish in no time. Keep these pantry staples on hand for tasty last minute meals and for a complete meal, be sure to try a pasta or grain recipe with canned tuna, like our Linguine al Tonno or this Tuna Grain Bowl.