Versatile foods are foods that you can use in a lot of different recipes. They are great to keep in your pantry all the time so that you have tons of options when you are trying to figure out what to cook. And the good news is that these particular 4 foods are super healthy as well.
If you are looking for fruit that is healthy, low in fat and calories and has a lot of different uses, then lemons are it. The sweet and sour taste of lemon and the fact that the juice can be used for so many things makes lemons one of the most versatile fruits you can get. Here are some of the many uses with just lemons or lemon juice:
- Add the lemon juice to your juice, smoothie, or infused water
- Use lemon juice in your recipes
- Squeeze it on top of your salad in lieu of dressing
- Make a dressing or marinade by using lemon juice and other seasonings
- Top salmon or chicken when baking it
- Tenderize meats while using lemon
- Add lemon peel to your pasta dishes
As far as vegetables go, cauliflower is one of the most versatile ones you can choose. To start with, cauliflower is really easy to add as a healthy side dish for your meals, such as combining it with carrots and broccoli that are steamed and served with fish or poultry or adding chopped cauliflower to your casseroles. Another reason they are versatile is that they have a bland flavor and interesting texture that makes it easy to turn them into mock versions of your favorite foods. For example, you can blend up cauliflower in a food processor to make mock mashed potatoes or even make cauliflower rice. This is a really popular option for anyone on a low-carb diet.
Think about all the times you add tomatoes to your recipes without even thinking about it; you can imagine how versatile they are! For example, most of your Italian or Mexican recipes are going to use tomatoes at some point, whether you dice it up for a salsa, blend it for a pasta sauce, or add tomatoes to your rice or pasta as-is. They can also be sliced up for sandwiches and burgers, added to soup, or added to casseroles. The options are practically endless when it comes to this fruit.
Beans and Legumes
Also don’t forget about beans and legumes, even though they aren’t exactly fruits or vegetables. They are still closely related, good for you, and easy to turn into a lot of different meals and snacks. From having some snap peas as a healthy snack to adding beans and legumes to soup, chili, salad, or casseroles, you will have a lot of different options by always having them on hand.
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The foods that anyone feels are must-haves in their pantries and refrigerators are pretty subjective – we all have our own likes and dislikes. Here are a few items that I find to be highly versatile in the kitchen along with ideas about how to use them.
Stocking your pantry and fridge during the weekend with versatile foods that can be prepared a variety of ways and can be incorporated into breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes will not only help you save money and time, but also give you a jumpstart on your weekly meal planning.
Hummus, for example, is such a versatile food for me. I use it instead of mayo for egg salad, instead of cream cheese on a bagel with smoked salmon, as a topping for a baked potato instead of butter, in a pasta sauce instead of cream and as a dip with raw veggies.