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Smarter Shopping: The Summer Pantry List

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In our abode, we go in waves of food...we'll go on a crock-pot kick for a few weeks, then a soup stretch for a month (as I type this, my husband is making gazpacho...really). We just finished an edamame and brown rice spurt. During these summer months, when we do more salads, fresh veggies and grilling (that's happening now), I find myself cleaning out the pantry of old stuff we aren't using, making room for that stuff we are - like items to have on hand for those last-minute drop-in guests, healthy snack for the kiddo to grab after camp, items for movie night or whipping up a simple dip...you get the idea. So what's on my summer pantry/fridge/freezer list. Here it is:

-- Dried fruit (raisins, apple rings, etc)

-- Tortillas

-- Shredded cheese

-- Pickles

-- Easy fruit (bananas, apples, pears)

-- Ice cream cones

-- Salsa

-- Avocados

-- Baking supplies (honey, vanilla, baking powder/soda)

-- Sprinkles and easy dessert toppings, like icing

-- The ingredients for to make easy and quick cookies/cupcakes

-- The ingredients for two or three pasta salads

-- Healthy chips and pretzels

-- Whole-wheat pasta

-- Whole wheat bread

-- Lite soy sauce and other condiments

-- Salad dressings that can double as marinades

-- Brown rice

-- Marinara sauce

-- Canned beans

-- Microwavable popcorn

Share your best must-have-on-hand item for the summer! What do your kids snack on? 

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by on Jun. 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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Apr1l
by Platinum Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 11:52 PM
String cheese
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Apr1l
by Platinum Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Yogurt raisins
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sharon1026
by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Can I move in with you? YUM!!

Hollybriann
by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 5:12 AM
I've always wondered if you eat the whole edamame or u just take out the inside and eat that?
Jettsmom2010
by on Jul. 8, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Annie's organic crackers, cheese sticks, almond butter, dries fruit, nuts, celery, carrot sticks, keffer, fresh organic berries and any other seasonal fruit, homemade ice pops (lemonade with fresfrozen grapes and peaches, sliced strawberries is our fav), all natural no nitrate lunch meat, homemade yogurt and granola and organic fruit, kale and spinach and coconut milk to make smoothies. We only have healthy choices for snacks. No artificial coloring, HF corn syrup, preservatives for our house:)
amyjane22
by Amy on Jul. 9, 2013 at 9:01 AM

 Tons of fresh fruit, granola, graham crackers with peanut butter.

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