Stock your cabinets with these updated staplespicked by top foodiesto make healthy cooking easier than ever.
February 15, 2013
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Chances are, you already keep healthy basics like brown rice and olive
oil on handbut wouldn't it be nice to swap in some foods that can
really amp up the nutrition and flavor of your meals? Enter 14
great-for-you picks that top chefs and dietitians can't imagine cooking
without. Stock up on them (most are available at regular grocery stores)
and try out our chefs' great prep ideas.
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Tofu shirataki noodles
Try these Asian noodles instead of pasta. "They're gluten free, low
calorie, and also contain fiber," says Lisa Lillien, author of Hungry Girl Supermarket Survival.
Prep Tip "For an easy soup, add to chicken broth with carrots and chicken
breast," Lillien says.
What to Buy House Foods Tofu Shirataki noodles ($2.50 for 8 oz)
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It may not be a pantry staplebut this refrigerated mix of shredded broccoli stems, carrots, and cabbage is a fast way to get your veggies.
Prep Tip "Try a chicken salad with slaw, mandarin oranges, and sesame ginger
dressing," Lillien suggests.
What to Buy Mann's Broccoli Cole Slaw ($2.50 for 12 oz)
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Substitute these Japanese-style bread crumbs for ordinary bread crumbs
to save on sodiumand up the crunch. "The flakes stay crispier, whereas
standard bread crumbs can get soggy," says Caroline Wright, author of
Twenty Dollar, Twenty Minute Meals.
Prep Tip Use on breaded chicken, in place of dried bread crumbs.
What to Buy Ian's Panko Breadcrumbs ($4.29 for 9 oz)
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Frozen garbanzo beans
Why are frozen garbanzos so good? "They're picked when ripe, blanched,
and then frozen to retain their fresh flavor," says Food Network host
What to Buy Hodgson Mill Milled Flax Seed ($3.37 for 12 oz)
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Quick-cooking quinoa (it takes less than 15 minutes) is a "complete"
protein (containing all nine essential amino acids), making it easy to
go meatless. "You can even have it for breakfast," says Sophie Dahl,
author of Very Fond of Food.
Prep Tip Try Dahl's delish version, at left.
What to Buy Bob's Red Mill Organic Whole Grain Quinoa ($9 for 26 oz)