What sets the healthy cook apart from the not-so-healthy ones: their kitchen. How you stock your fridge and pantry is how you cook, and how you cook determines so much about your health, from your weight to your happiness. Here, the three things every healthy cook needs in their kitchen:
1. Canned beans. From an elegant entrée to a super speedy soup, canned beans offer a hearty, fast, and affordable way to add protein and fiber on the fly.
2. The makings for mirepoix. Carrots (parsnip if we’re feeling fancy), onion, and celery – always at the ready allow a cook to build a flavorful base for a bazillion recipes, without the need for copies amounts of fat or salt.
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3. Citrus, fresh and bottled. Sodium and fat-free but bursting with flavor, the zest and the juice of lemons, limes, oranges, and other citrus brighten soups, sauces, and desserts.
Tell us: What are your healthy pantry must-haves? Please, share in the comments.
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