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Win a Basket of Summer Pantry Favorites

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!

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Erica says …

I have to have a variety of nuts, seeds and dried fruit in the pantry at all times! They can be thrown into a salad, tossed in with oat bran or eaten on their own. They are a definite staple!

Deniz says …

I try to keep some oats and almond butter on hand to make overnight oats for breakfast. Add some yummy fresh berries and a drop of greek yogurt for a filling meal.

Kathy says …

I would puree the Eden's Organic Cannellini White Kidney Beans with the Eden Organic Black Soy Beans - maybe add a bit of crushed pepper flakes, just a touch of olive oil and dig in with those yummy Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Chips. Now I'm hungry! :)

Heather says …

I want to win that basket! My family would have it gone in a matter of days! Yummy!

BatterLicker says …

Homemade hummus or guac w/Food Should Taste Good Multigrain or Jalapeno tortilla chips!

Jen says …

my best pantry summer snack is whole wheat crackers with dip that is made from cream cheese and chopped olives and garlic.

Megan H-C says …

My comfort food from the pantry!? Organic Farina (cream of wheat) with raisins or currants and whatever nuts are in the pantry. Add a little brown sugar and I'm a happy, happy girl.

Cristina says …

Whole wheat crackers with peanut butter, sliced bananas and honey drizzled on top. Delish and super easy!

Melanie says …

I like to mix a few cans of tuna along with alot of corn, and mayo...and loads of black Pepper in a big bowl, and dip tortilla chips in it. Quick and easy and tasty :). Need ice cold soda with it!

deana c says …

My best summer pantry meal is linguini with pesto sause made with basil and garlic out of my garden

Maggie says …

Everything in this basket looks delish!!!

laura firestone says …

a "summer salad" made with avocado, corn, snap peas, green onion, cheery tomato, cucumber, lime juice, olive oil, shrimp and peppers.

Nancy Hyvarinen says …

Having sauce ingredients in stock are always helpful- then I can make quick salads with whatever veggies and fruits I have. Olive oil, vinegar, mayo, mustard, ketchup, agave syrup, herbs and spices are a good basic start. I keep a variety of canned beans, peas and tomatoes in stock along with pasta and cooked rice in the freezer. Then add available fruits and veggies. The combination of possibilities is endless. For simpler fast snacks- chips and salsa's- or make my own salsa starting with fresh or canned tomatoes. Almond butter cheese or soy cheese with sliced pears, strawberries or apples is scrumptious. Almond butter with celery is very filling. I love to make Almond Butter rice crisp bars- low fat, high protein with no sugar- I use Agave syrup or Brown Rice syrup and sometimes add dried fruit or drizzle a little melted chocolate on top.

Rosa says …

I would make a homemade energy bar with all the fruits, nuts, and nut butter.

Michelle says …

Roasted chickpeas are my favorite pantry snack...just grab a can, drain & add your favorite spices...cumin, corriander, chili powder & a little salt & olive oil. Toss it all & spread on a baknig sheet & roast until deep golden brown. Flavorful, crunchy & delicious.

Ken says …

Looks yummy

Jenny says …

Dates, wheat crackers, peanut butter, raspberries, mint tea, fresh hrbs, garden tomatoes,

Lyn says …

I eat gluten-free granola with dried fruit, as if it's trail mix!

Jenna says …

Couscous, local zucchini, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, corn and black beans make a delicious summer salad with minimal cooking (check out WF's Southwestern Couscous Salad). You can easily turn this into wraps for a picnic.

Maia Ketterbaugh says …

We like to make Summer fruit salad: Cut watermelon and honeydew melon into cubes, all kinds of berries, walnuts, orange segments, herbs like peppermint or spearmint or red basil leaves. Mix all the ingredients together. Serve with dollop of any kind of whipped cream. BON APPETITE!

Carol Bryant says …

I like trailmix.

Alisha L. says …

I LOVE having Pita Chips dipped in Low Fat Cottage Cheese or Hummas..Yummy! bakergurl02 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Elizabeth J Downing says …

love pb&j with banana in the summer time

Chris says …

I like to make homemade pico de gallo to serve with tacos. 6 tomatoes, diced 2 jalapenos, diced 1/2 onion, diced dash of cumin half of lime, juiced handful of cilantro, chopped salt and pepper to taste It is a crowd pleaser!

misty says …

Summer time is a great time to make and eat own Trail Mix! We add many different kinds of nuts and dried fruits. Kids love them!

Amy D. says …

Pantry items to create a wonderful pilaf: Quinoa, organic canned soybeans, slivered almonds, chopped dates (or dried cherries), olive oil...I add some chopped scallion or onion and then stuff the pilaf into a giant ripe tomato from my garden!

Tarah Locke says …

I throw together Energy bars for my boys with Soaked dehydrated nuts, Dates, Raw Honey, Shredded Coconut, Cacoa Powder and some mint extract. And then throw them in the freezer, they're like frozen Raw Mint-Chocolate Cookie Dough!

Blake says …

Pasta salad is a great meal that can be made with primarily pantry staples and then whatever fresh veggies you have on hand. I love whole wheat penne tossed with chick peas and kidney beans, spinach, red onion, tomatoes, and herbs, dressed lightly with a vinaigrette.

Colleen S says …

I would used the nuts and dried fruit to make a great travel trail mix for healthy airplane snacks.

Angela Morales says …

A handful of nuts and dried fruit is good enough for me!

Sarah L says …

Take a can of peaches from your pantry. Open can. Reserve liquid. Chop peaches into bite size. Put spoonful of peaches in each section of ice cube tray. Fill with reserved liquid. Freeze an hour or so until semi-firm. Insert craft stick into each cube. Freeze overnight. Makes lovely cold peach pop-sickles.

Brandi Westmoreland says …

I make an easy trail mix out of nuts and popcorn and dried berries1

Stephanie says …

dark chocolate covered almonds :)

Mary says …

Obviously, my answer above is to another blog question.

Karly says …

For a frosty, chocolatey treat with a nutritional punch, I mix together 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup melted chocolate chips, 1 large banana, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 tbsp chia seeds, and 1 tsp cocoa powder; drop the mixture into six or seven cookies; and freeze for an hour.

Mary says …

Of course one of my favorites is the hamburger with summer tomatoes. I have grilled veggies, eggplant, zucchini, sumer and squash and roasted red pepper, and made have made sandwiches. I think I make a better sandwich than anyone else

Sarah Strickland says …

Our favorite pantry snack this summer has definitely been anything dipped in hummus ;) whether its blue corn chips, veggie chips, pita chips, veggies etc. We love our hummus :)

Lee says …

I like to make hummus using chickpeas from the pantry ....

Yvette says …

Good ol' peanut butter and jelly sandwhich bites. Organic peanut butter and 365 fruit spread on whole wheat bread. Cut sandwhiches into fours or maybe even sixes and snack on them while enjoying the outdoors. :-)

Heather Bryan says …

I love Almond Butter...a great alternative if you or a child have a peanut allergy

Marlene Galla says …

I have been trying to get my family to eat more healthy and lose weight... they love eating low fat cheese sticks and fruit and veggie trays in the hot summer days as a meal.

Veronica Garrett says …

I like to mix beans with onion and ground beef to make a quick meal.

Rebecca Lucente says …

homemade white bean dip with pita chips!

Katy says …

Quinoa with raisins and chopped almonds. Yum!

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!

Will says …

One of my favorite quick and easy meals is Quinoa with Italian sausage. It's all about the combination of the spices. Saute some onions and garlic, throw in some squash, zuchini and sausage, brown lightly. Add some alcohol free red wine. Let it simmer for a minute so everything soaks up that nice flavor then add the quinoa and cook until done. Voila!

m stoller says …

I lost my Food Stamp. What a joy it would be to received a Basket of Summer Pantry Favorites!

Betty C says …

I started making my own granola when I was a Girl Scout leader and wanted something healthier than the commercial products. I still love to make it as an easy, nutritious snack.

Kaitlin says …

In the summer, I like making cold grain and/or bean salads with whatever fresh veggies I have in the fridge.

AMANDA MCDONLEY says …

My daughter and I love the Kashi crackers, we spread them with the 365 almond butter and slice fresh strawberries on top. We also add a drizzle of Agave to the top to add a little extra something. They are so so tasty.

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