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Healthy Pantry Essentials

Stocking your pantry with a variety of basic healthy pantry essentials is the first step to creating a kitchen where you can cook healthy, easy meals in an instant.


1.  Pasta, noodles and grains

Store dried pasta, rice, cereals, UNCLE TOBYS Oats, MAGGI 2 Minute Noodles, other durable grains and potatoes. Their value is limitless and you’ll never go hungry.

2. A bit on the side

Stock your refrigerator and cupboards with condiments. You can always find a use for mayonnaise, tomato sauce, sweet chilli Sauce, fish sauce, mustards, jams and other spreads. You could also try stocking good-quality black olives, pickles, capers, and other tangy bites.

3. Can-do cans

Buy canned and jarred basics for when you’re in a rush. Canned tomatoes are indispensable for a quick pasta sauce. Tuna, beans and sauces can start off any kitchen creation. CARNATION Light and Creamy Evaporated Milk is a great substitute for cream or coconut milk.

4. The good oils

Keep oils such as canola and olive as basics for frying and salad dressings. Canola oil is best for frying and olive oil for dressings. Store vinegars such as red wine, white wine, and plain for vinaigrette and whatever acidity is needed.

5. Nutty goodness

Keep nuts and seeds handy. They are great in cookies, pastas and salads and are healthy snacks.

6. Chill out

Refrigerate eggs and freeze butter. Make sure you keep a tub of low fat ice cream in the freezer and tubs of low fat yoghurt in the fridge.

7. Ready to bake

Keep baking supplies handy, such as flour, brown and white sugar, baking powder and soda, cornflour, vanilla extract, HIGHLANDER Sweetened Condensed Milk and Nestlé Bakers’ Choice Cooking Chocolate . In addition to baking you’ll also use these for creating and thickening sauces and sweetening beverages.

8. Cheese please

Buy a selection of quality cheeses – at least one for grating, such as parmesan, for that instant flavour hit. Plus some low fat cheese such as cottage cheese and Edam. 

9. Create a herb rack

Create a herb rack or make cupboard space for spices and herbs. Get started with salt and pepper, chilli power, basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin, curry powder, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

10. Building blocks

Always have garlic and onions available. Almost every type of savoury dish requires them. Plus take advantage of the big range of MAGGI Meal Solutions and you will always have a great idea for dinner.

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