Don't let a missed shopping trip mess up your whole week
This weekend, I went to New York City for a food photography and styling workshop. While I had a blast visiting old friends and new restaurants (and learning to up my food photo game for you fine folks), I came home around 10pm last night. I certainly maximized my travel time; however, there was no way I could get in my weekend grocery shopping trip, a step I've realized is so crucial to getting me to eat clean consistently.
So I thought I'd share with you what I do in this situation. I've developed a couple of pantry recipes so I can pretty much make dinner from things I have around.
You may have gotten my full pantry list from my Clean Eating Getting Started Guide, but here's a concentrated list of what's always in my pantry.
1. Some kind of legume, both canned and dried. My favorites are chickpeas and french green lentils.
2. A canned or jarred tomato product like diced tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and even roasted red peppers.
3. Fresh but long-lasting foods like yellow onions, garlic and lemons.
4. Nuts and seeds for crunch, protein and garnish. I almost always have almonds, sesame seeds and hemp seeds.
5. Something green! Ok this one definitely isn't in the pantry--and pretty hard to have around if you've been on vacation for like 2 weeks--but even just a little something green helps bring life to a pantry meal. I usually have baby spinach, kale or some kind of herb (usually cilantro or scallions). Right now, I happen to have 2 zucchini leftover from last week.
From just the items mentioned in this list, I'll be able to whip up one of my favorite comfort dishes: Chickpeas in Romesco Sauce (pictured above). Onions, tomatoes, roasted red peppers and almonds make a textured, tangy sauce that coats the chickpeas. Zucchini adds a little something fresh, but you could easily substitute any other green item like arugula or parsley or just leave it out.