When life is busy, it’s hard to find the time to shop and cook. But as this New to Raw blog explains, some simple pantry basics (and a great raw food recipe) makes putting a delicious, nutritious meal on the table easy and fast. Certainly there are elaborate raw dishes that require exotic elements, and considerable advance work such as soaking and dehydrating. However the simplest raw food dishes need practically no preparation at all. All you need are the right ingredients.
Take a Peek into My Raw Food Pantry
You might think that as an experienced chef, I stock my pantry with exotic ingredients. But, in fact, most of the raw food pantry basics I use are available at most grocery stores. I stock my kitchen with the following items and replenish them as needed:
- Dried Fruits – raisins, black Mission figs, Medjool dates, sun-dried tomatoes
- Frozen Fruits – blueberries, peaches, mangoes
- Dried Herbs and Spices –oregano, dill, cumin, cayenne
- Oils – extra virgin olive oil
- Vinegars –apple cider, balsamic
- Raw Nuts – almonds, cashews
- Raw Seeds – flax, chia
- Raw Sweeteners – maple syrup, coconut nectar
Stocking up on raw food pantry basics is efficient and cost-effective, too. You can purchase items in bulk to save money. The trick is to store your items properly. For example:
- Keep spices and dried fruits in a cool, dark cabinet, away from direct heat and light.
- Store raw nuts and seeds in sealed containers in the refrigerator for up to three months or in the freezer for one year.
Curry in a Hurry
Curry is a warm, comforting spice that instantly elevates a dish from simple to sensational. I use it in my Indian Greens raw food recipe when I want to serve up a quick, but flavorful veggie dish.
Mustard greens provide lots of healthy nutrition while a dash of curry powder and ground cumin create flavor notes that will make you feel like you’re dining in Mumbai.
Looking for more raw food recipes? You can get over 150 mouth-watering recipes by ordering my book Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People.
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