Why should you do it?
- The earthquake - ok obvious, but remote in time (or not!)
- Save money - when you have a well-stocked pantry and know how to use it, you don't HAVE to order takeout.
- Eat healthier. Out of the pantry? Yes. Learn to cook with beans and whole grains and you've got a good dinner instead of KFC.
- Stay tuned for a list of healthy pantry foods everybody needs more of.
The SF Chronicle did a pantry cooking article last year that focused on higher-end ingredients like dark chocolate, mirin sauce, and top-quality honey. Recipes included. Read it and stock some yummy delicacies to jazz up your emergency supplies.
Vegetarian ideas for the pantry from the Chronicle.
Cook unplugged - useful for planning to cook under earthquake or power outage conditions. The SF Chronicle published this during our energy crisis of 2001 - remember rolling blackouts?
List of my recipes that work with the pantry:
Bulghur and Tomatoes
Egyptian Red Lentil Soup
Basic Lentil Soup with variations
Mjaddarah - lentils and rice with caramelized onions
I will post tonno e fagioli soon, another pantry dish I love. My current pantry recipe list is incomplete online so stay tuned for more.