Whats in my kitchen..

A few essential items for every kitchen will enable you to cook delicious tasting home cooked foods hassle free.

I have wasted endless amounts of money choosing recipes containing new ingredients I have never heard of that I only use the once only to collect dust and go past its use by date. I do not believe in this kind of cooking. We all want an easy to follow recipe that requires few ingredients and costs as little as possible.

Below I have listed the items I just couldn’t do with out. These are always available for those days where you just need to make something quickly before the kids turn from little angels into something out of a horror film!!!

Oils

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • sesame seed oil
  • groundnut oil

Coconut oil has so many benefits to it and is great for using in your baking and cooking. Great for your hair and skin too. I have just discovered there is such a thing as avocado oil. I am yet to make a verdict on this as I have only used it once but I will keep you posted if it will become a regular in my kitchen.

Herbs,spices and flavouring

Herbs and spices are a great way of adding flavour to your meals. Experiment with them and see what you can create. Just one or two added to your meal can make a big difference. Great for adding a bit of flavour to your sugar free puds you will be making now that you have all read my The truth about sugar. Salt and pepper simple seasoning that is in every kitchen. Salt is not all bad if you are in control of how much you are using. We do need some salt in our diets. Fresh Garlic and herbs are also handy to have. I grow my own basil in a window box and have rosemary and thyme in the garden.

A variety of stock cubes unless you are super clever and can make your own.

Cupboard ingredients

  • Passata and tinned tomatoes can be a great base for any sauce. Just watch for those added ingredients. I made my Spaghetti a la mummy using this simple base.
  • Oats
  • Nuts
  • Nut butters (I’ll show you how easy it is to make your own)
  • Wholewheat pasta and spaghetti
  • Basmati, wild and brown rice
  • Flours I have started using coconut and almond flour but it is not an ingredient I use too often! Stick to the wholewheat flours for your baking or try the above like me just avoid white flour.

Fridge ingredients

  • Milk
  • Alternative milks (almond, coconut and hazelnut)
  • Butter
  • Eggs

Butter! Gets a lot of grief doesn’t it. But actually butter is better for you than most margarines that are favoured by most. Saturated fats are not all bad.

Freezer ingredients

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit (especially berries)

They are just as nutritious when frozen and available all year round. They can actually be very cost effective. Any Jamie Oliver fans out there? I watched an episode from his money saving meals series and he showed us how a bag of frozen spinach would be the equivalent to 12 bags of fresh spinach. Wow! Frozen spinach is great added to curries.

A few other essential items I like to have to hand are eggs. Oh and how can I forget my must have dark chocolate. 80% or more cocoa.

I do not use sugar or sweeteners in any of my cooking. Only very occasionally will I use them. Otherwise I stick with natural sweetness in whole fruits but be careful here as even these can add up to a scary amount of sugar.

I hope you find this list useful.

Happy cooking

Jaimee

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