Reduce food waste, clear up space- a spring clean out- phase two of our spring kitchen clean out.
Have you ever had that realization when you go into your pantry and you see things that have been in there for months and months without use? You probably bought it for a recipe and only used a little, or got overwhelmed with how to use the rest of it? We did a deep dive into our pantry recently and found a lot of weird stuff. Some was for work projects (things like rose crystals or bee pollen), and some was solid staples that just needed to be used up. So we're sharing what we did. Here are 10 common pantry staples and how to use them up.
If you missed earlier posts on how to make your kitchen more efficient and a bit more minimalist.
- spiced nuts: make this sumac spiced nuts recipe we love!
- make nut milk
- nut butter
- energy balls or 'bliss balls'
- add to oats
- add to salad
- make vegan cream salad dressings
- make taco filling (really-there are some solid walnut ones out there)
2. Cinnamon Sticks
- hot toddy
- infuse nut milk (see above- I throw in some cinnamon sticks while soaking!)
- ice cream
- stove top potpourri (find a billion recipes on Pinterest)
3. Grains (Farro, quinoa etc)
- if you have farro, make this squash and feta salad
- Mediterranean Protein Breakfast Bowl with quinoa and salmon
- Spicy Summer Couscous bowl (you can switch out for quinoa)
- breakfast scrambles with tofu or eggs and veggies
- this honey switchel drink
- summer fruit and yogurt platters
- a hot honey ginger drink
- yogurt toppings
- sweetning overnight oats
6. Dried beans
- if you just cannot with the dried beans and they never turn out: just use them as pie weights
- creamy white bean soup
- refried beans or whipped black beans
- winter pasta with kale
- creamy dressings (like a modified caesar salad)
- creamy sauces for harvest bowls
Dietitian Nutritionist. My husband Chris and I create food and beverage photos, videos, stopmotions and recipes. And they're really cool.