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Win a Basket of Summer Pantry Favorites

By Jennifer Cheng, July 11, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jennifer Cheng
Summertime is the perfect time for easy meals and snacks. A well-stocked pantry can help you feed the crew and get back to the pool, hammock or great summer book more quickly. And when that pantry is stocked with tasty options that are free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats, you’ve got it made in the shade. This basket is a collection of a few of our favorite healthy snacks and staples so that you’ll be covered when the stomachs in your house start rumbling. For a chance to win this basket, enter a comment by July 26th telling us what pantry-based concoction you like to whip up for a quick meal or snack in the summer. One winner will be selected at random to receive our Summer Pantry Favorites Basket, a $100 value, plus a $50 gift card for you to pick up fresh fruits and veggies or other pantry basics. Here’s what you’ll find in the basket:
  • Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Chips
  • Zico Natural Coconut Water
  • 2 Justin's Classic Organic Peanut Butter Packets
  • Eden Organic Cannellini White Kidney Beans (no salt added)
  • Eden Organic Black Soy Beans (no salt added)
  • 365 Everyday Value Organic Smooth Almond Butter
  • 365 Everyday Value Smooth Cashew Butter
  • 365 Everyday Value Strawberry Fruit Spread
  • 365 Everyday Value Pitted Dates
  • 365 Everyday Value Organic Turkish Apricots
  • 365 Everyday Value Organic Almonds
  • 365 Everyday Value Fruit & Nut Trail Mix
  • 365 Everyday Value Organic Walnuts
  • Seeds of Change Persia Seven Whole Grain Pilaf Blend
  • Seeds of Change Velleron French-Style Herb Whole Grain Blend
  • Tru Roots Organic Chia Seeds
Make sure to leave a comment telling us about your best summer pantry-based meal or snack by July 26th for a chance to win our Summer Pantry Favorites!
Category: Contests




Rebecca Lucente says ...
homemade white bean dip with pita chips!
07/11/2011 3:08:20 PM CDT
nicole villasin says ...
i love the combination of fruit and cheese! I think a very easy snack is to combine a piece of dried apricot on a whole wheat cracker along with a slice of mozzarella cheese (preferably the boconccini - small balls - cut in half).
07/11/2011 3:10:12 PM CDT
Katy says ...
Quinoa with raisins and chopped almonds. Yum!
07/11/2011 3:10:47 PM CDT
Andrea F. says ...
Summer pantry favorites ... hmmmm. I like to keep cans of chickpeas and black beans on hand to whip up hummus and bean dip. My kids love it with pita chips and veggies!
07/11/2011 3:12:00 PM CDT
Lauren says ...
My favorite pantry snack is homemade hummus or black bean dip and pita chips!
07/11/2011 3:12:38 PM CDT
Jennifer says ...
Different types of Fruit and Nut trail mixes. Easy for on the go when you are outside enjoying the summertime weather.
07/11/2011 3:16:38 PM CDT
Junia @ Mis Pensamientos says ...
always have a stash of nuts and maple syrup to make nut butters with my food processor. :)
07/11/2011 3:32:00 PM CDT
Mark S says ...
Some sort of quick tomato sauce and pasta. Canned whole tomatoes make a ton of different possible meals.
07/11/2011 3:35:41 PM CDT
Vanessa says ...
Awesome! Trail mix is always a great hit... nuts, cranberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds... or a rice cake with cinammon and nut butter. Yum!
07/11/2011 3:51:49 PM CDT
Alexandra says ...
I always have a can of chickpeas, tahini and some pita chips on hand. I whip up some hummus with the food processor and have it with the chips (usually carrots too). It's a great conveniant snack, quick and healthy :-D
07/11/2011 4:02:26 PM CDT
Linda B. says ...
I like to whip up a batch of hummus with canned chick peas.
07/11/2011 4:11:35 PM CDT
Maria S says ...
I like to make some buckwheat because it's a great side for anything! It's a great substitute for rice or pasta.
07/11/2011 4:13:02 PM CDT
Melinda says ...
I love to open a can of beans and a can of fire-roasted tomatoes. I quickly hit them on the stove mixed together. Then, I put them into a whole wheat toritlla with a little cheese. Crowd pleaser and super easier! So, I always keep beans and tomatos in my pantry.
07/11/2011 4:14:23 PM CDT
Victoria says ...
almond maple butter and raspberry jam sandwich!!
07/11/2011 4:14:50 PM CDT
Maureen says ...
we like the chips like the Food should taste good with some cheese melted over it with a bit of cooked chicken for a quick version of nachos.
07/11/2011 4:31:41 PM CDT
Sophia says ...
Dried fruit and nut bars-- process nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc) with equal amounts of dried fruit (dates, figs, apricots, raisins, etc). Add seasoning if desired- cocoa powder, cinnamon, cardamom, orange zest, coconut, etc. Spread out into pan and cut into bars.
07/11/2011 4:32:46 PM CDT
Allyson says ...
Best pantry meal for hot weather is cool noodle salad; asian based dressing with whatever veggies are on hand.
07/11/2011 4:36:26 PM CDT
Teri says ...
Black Beans and Rice - can of black beans, can of rotel tomatoes (or like flavor), brown rice. Serve with salsa and tortillas. Fast, flavorful, filling.
07/11/2011 4:43:22 PM CDT
Keri Welch says ...
Most recent summer pantry fave has been chips & dip made of quinoa with black beans, hummus & salsa...yummy!
07/11/2011 5:15:13 PM CDT
krystal pierce says ...
I LOVE to make no bake thumbprint cookies...i actually got recipe from swampscott whole foods healthy eating coordinator danielle during a make your own cookies night.... They consist of dates, oats, orange zest and juice, rasberry jam and a few other pantry staples... Super yummy, quick and kids loved them and they are super healthy..
07/11/2011 5:20:47 PM CDT
mk deweese says ...
i keep homemade vinaigrette on hand and put it on everything from veggies to salads and meat and sometimes even fruit!
07/11/2011 5:22:48 PM CDT
Mary says ...
I like to pop organic popping corn over the stove and add my own flavor with various spices or herbs from the pantry. This makes a light but tasty summer snack. Sometimes I add nuts or melted chocolate or grated parmesan to add extra flavor, too.
07/11/2011 5:24:01 PM CDT
Karen says ...
I love whole grain crackers with cheese, nut butters, and jams and a three bean salad with basil, mint, and dill from my garden! Filling and refreshing and no cooking!
07/11/2011 5:30:50 PM CDT
Nick says ...
I like to make a peanut sauce (peanut butter, sriracha, rice vinegar, water) and tossing it with some noodles. I usually have frozen vegetables tucked away, too that I can throw in there with it.
07/11/2011 5:42:16 PM CDT
Dennis Miller says ...
My favorite pantry-based snack is homemade bite-sized popcorn balls made with nuts (almond slices or pistachio nuts!) and honey (instead of sugar or corn syrup). They make a great picnic or travel snack and everybody loves them.
07/11/2011 6:02:40 PM CDT