Wednesday Wisdom: What’s In Your Pantry?

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread I made for my Dad when I saw him last month!

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread I made for my Dad when I saw him last month!

I went grocery shopping yesterday after a long day of exams, student panels, and puppy-watching.  When I walked in my normal grocery store, nothing was where it was supposed to be.  I know Kroger said, “Pardon our dust while we remodel!”, but man.  Running through 12 aisles to find canned beans by themselves next to the lightbulbs and forgetting to buy peanut butter because my flow was off was NOT what I wanted to do yesterday.

Alas!  I was on a mission.  I’m truly terrible at the whole “New-Year’s-Resolution-Get-Healthy” thing.  Because the last thing I want to do when it’s -10 degrees outside is leave my house (and my Netflix).  Every year, during the fall, I decide to go on a bit of a health kick.  Last year, I found an awesome yoga/barre studio and it was my saving grace during the throws of my second year of medical school.  This year, since I have much more time during the day, I’m focusing on healthy cooking, and Dan and I are joining the gym down the street for some accountabili-buddy workouts when Gino wakes us up at 5:30 AM (like this morning…)!

I think one of the most important things about cooking healthy foods – and avoiding eating out all the time – is to have a well stocked pantry and fridge to whip up some basics or to spice up something bland.  Here’s what I make sure to have on hand…along with some of my latest life pictures!

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Wednesday Wisdom: Navigating the Grocery Store

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Welcome to Wednesday Wisdom!  At the ripe age of 24, I can’t say I have much “wisdom” yet.  Unless it’s about food.   I read enough food blogs for all of us, and I learn quite a lot about sifting and braising, rising and basting!  My new Wednesday posts will give you all some tricks and tips to handling the heat in the kitchen.  In our case this week, I’ll share how I tackle the grocery store and work on eating healthy before I even bring food home!

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