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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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Jean says …

Rudi's bread, almond butter, and honey!!

Jo says …

Garlic hummus! Garbanzo beans, tahini, garlic (either freshly minced or garlic infused extra virgin olive oil) and/or extra virgin olive oil. My family loves it with Food Should Taste Good multigrain chips. I usualy double the recipe because it keeps well in the refrigerator

KiskiCook says …

The nuts, chopped dried fruit and beans sauteed in some olive oil and tossed in the pilaf with some feta and fresh mint. My mouth is watering already! I hope I get picked!

Umm Lam'yaa says …

Canned garbanzo beans, goddess dressing and whichever fresh veggies and herbs we have on hand

Dani Z says …

Yum! Peanut butter and dried fruit is my favorite summer treat. Crackers and hummus are a close second!

Gail says …

One quick summer meal for us is a home made pizza. We buy pizza crust, organic sauce and veggies at Whole Foods. Grill up our favorite veggies for toppings. We add leftover organic chicken or ground meat. Side salad of home grown cucumber and tomatoes from our garden. YUM

Nicole Lakra says …

I love to whip up quick 3-bean salad with 3 types of canned beans, Spanish olives, colorful bell peppers, olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, salt and black pepper. Its fresh, filling and cooling on any hot summer day!

Kateland says …

One of my favorite summer meals is free range chicken coated in 365 Panko Bread crumbs; some paprika, garlic, lemon and cracked black pepper served over Tru roots quinoa flavored with Better than Boullion chicken stock and a arugala salad tossed in lemon juice, 365 olive oil, sea salt and pepper.

Dinah says …

Whole grain couscous with roared veggies and hummus with raw veggies and on top of whole grain crackers with avocados and bean sprouts ! Go vegans!

janeh says …

I always love a light pasta dish using angel hair pasta and marinated artichokes from the pantry along with some fresh tomato garlic and basil.

Sheri R says …

Love dates with a half teaspoon of Mascarpone add a drop of honey, and top off with an almond, Yum Yum what a delicious dessert!!

linda crandall says …

Granola that I make myself with chopped dried apricots, walnuts, sunflower seeds, dried apples, coconut and oats. I use agave nectar for the sweetner. Served over Greek yogurt with fresh fruit. YUM!!

Kiran says …

A quick and easy summer lunch is creamy peanut butter and plain whipped creme cheese on bread. Put some golden raisins on top, and serve a with glass of milk. My kids love this delicious summer lunch.

Jill says …

I love to have pesto in the pantry (when I don't make my own) with some cheese tortellini. I like to stuff the dates with cream cheese and raspberry jelly too for dessert.

Katie Russell says …

My 1 yr old is in love with coconut water!! My dh eats peanut butter by the spoonful and almonds by the pound. My 4 yr old would be into the trail mix and crackers. I am all about the chia! smoothies, oatmeal, anywhere I can use it!

Katie Olsen says …

I readed a lot of the comments and hummus is a popular snack which my 2yr Daughter would agree. She got hook on it on a day at whole foods they had free sample day. See lick the hummas off the chip and bagged for more. As for our favorite Summer snack it would have to be mixed nuts, along with frozen blueberries/grapes(there like mini bit size popsicle). But in Az nothing beats a frozen fruit smooth in the 100 degree weather.

Chrissy says …

Trail mix with cheerios, dried fruit (raisins, cranberries), pretzels, nuts and of course, m&ms.

c lambright says …

After years of eating fast food and too much junk food, it has caught up with me. I'm currently in the process of learning about healthy eating, and could definitely use the items in the basket to further my education!!!

ashanty says …

can i just keep it real and simple?...Peanut Butter and strawberry jelly baby oh yeah!!! : ) when i want to pleasure my sweet tooth a little more I like to make honey almond butter with marshmallows on soft 7grain bread (don't judge me).lol : )

Jennifer Hall says …

My all-time favorite are the almonds. A healthy and crunchy between meal snack. Add some delicious yogurt for extra nutrition.

adria says …

Organic Cucumbers dipped in fire-roasted Hummus chased down with Italian sparkling lemon water

Brenda Graace says …

Coconut milk yogurt whipped up in the blender with ice and crushed pineapple, topped with toasted coconut shreds. I still love the basics....homegrown tomatoes, fresh basil & olive oil. And I cannot wait for peaches! :)

Jennifer Clark says …

What a wonderful basket to share with my family on a summer's day.

Jennifer Clark says …

Dried papayas, coconuts, cashews, died cranberries and sunflower seeds are a great treat to share on our ocean hikes!

Mark Joseph says …

Sunflower seeds when I want a salty snack; dried pineapple for sweet.

Tymber says …

My current favorite snack is Tuscan Herb Flatbread Crackers. They're delicious!

Anna Blevins says …

I LOVE hummus, tabouleh, anything Greek really, it's just so refreshing!

Justin Neuman says …

My favorite is homegrown tomatoes and garlic with fresh cheese from our neighbor all on a fresh loaf of homemade bread.

Cathy says …

i like to cut dates in half the long way, remove the pit, fill each half with nut butter and top with chocolate chips--press them into the nut butter. It's a yummy, quick, satisfying snack to share with one other person or to eat both halves yourself.

Elsa Ramanand says …

Love pasta with cans of sardines, olive oil and broccoli. It's quick, healthy, light and tasty meal. We love it as a quick go to at my house.

Alli says …

Multigrain chips with chunky bean dip! YUMM!! Packs the protein and I get the multigrain goodness!

Daniel Brookshire says …

Crackers, peanut butter, bananas or apples are a quick go to snack at my house.

Elsa Ramanand says …

Quick, light and tasty; pasta, cans of sardines, olive oil and broccoli. My family loves our go to meal.

Lynne C says …

I would make the Seeds of Change pilaf blend and mix in some almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, both beans and some chopped dates. This would be a great lunch to take along on my hikes in Boulder Canyon. As a great hiking snack, I always take along Justins peanut butter packets, but this time, I would spread it on some of those multi-grain chips and add some of the fruit spread. These ingredients are inspiring and I would love to win this basket! WFM Forever!

Rus says …

I use pasta or coucous to make summer salads that combine with the great produce from my garden or the farmer's market.

Clara Kim says …

This summer, I'm all about spicy jalapeno jam. For an appetizer, spread jam & chevre on crackers. You can glaze pork chops or use as a sandwich spread.

Alice LeGall says …

I Love to take fresh baby spinach and baby greens from the salad bar in a ziploc bag from the deli. ziplocs to put in the grated parmesan, and red or white quinoa cooked and cooled. I order Mango pablano salmon from deli 24hrs. before I plan to go to whole foods. I buy 365 french dressing and back to Nature Poppy thyme & Sunflower basil crackers. I also get mini bell peppers red, yellow, orange. I get home & I take a plate and spread the spinach, baby greens, slice up mini bell peppers, quinoa sprinkled all over slice salmon into bite size pieces, sprinkle parmesan all over, Sprinkle dried cranberries, dried cherries, and toasted chopped pecans sprinkle then drizzle 365 french dressing. Serve with Back to Nature Cracker.

Shannon vincent says …

Sliced bananas, raw almond butter, raisins and flax seeds!!

Vegan on a Shoestring says …

I like to make a fruit crumble, with the topping consisting of things from my pantry (and whatever nuts I have at the time, yum!), and using whatever fresh fruit I have on hand. I recently wrote about it on my blog.

Diana Welborn says …

Currently snacking on greek yogurt mixed with blueberries and granola, YUM!

Ann says …

Quinoa for wonderful cold salads!

Jennifer G says …

My favorite pantry meal is probably a good greek pasta salad! We use tri colored pasta, olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried herbs, canned olives, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and top it all off with fresh feta cheese! As long as we have the feta...we're golden! I prefer the goat feta so it keeps it lactose free as I am intollerant. All the other ingredients are in the house all the time. It's an easy, filling meal that you can pack and take camping, to the pool, hiking, wherever our hearts desire really. If we've stopped by the whole foods faremer's market I add fresh summer tomatoes. If your not vegetarian thickly sliced pepperoni is a great addition! You can't ask for anything more delicious! Here's my recipe: Greek Pasta Salad Ingredients 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 3/4 teaspoon white sugar 2 1/2 cups cooked tri color rotini 1 cup sliced roasted red pepper 1 can quartered artichoke hearts 1 can sliced black olives (or whole works too) 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese optional: 15 cherry tomatoes, halved thickly pepperoni slices, quartered Directions 1.In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, garlic powder, basil, oregano, black pepper, and sugar. Add cooked pasta, roasted red pepper, artichoke hearts, olives, feta cheese and tomato if using. Toss until evenly coated. Cover, and chill 2 hours or overnight.

Tonya Stewart says …

We have several "go to" favs for the summer that get us in and out of the kitchen quickly: 1-quickie albacore tuna salad...I mix a can of albacore tuna with dijon mustard, champagne or white wine vinegar, chopped red onion, chopped capers, salt, pepper, a dollop of veganase, and a smidgen of either chives, dill, or oregano, depending on my mood at the moment...roll it into a whole wheat tortilla wrap or just grab a spoon -- it's delicious, healthy, and quick and easy to prepare! Another quick and easy summertime favorite = light coconut milk + chopped toasted walnuts + lightly toasted unsweetened coconut + agave (or sugar or truvia --- I've made it with all 3 depending on who was going to be eating it!) poured into popsicle molds or into the countertop ice cream machine. Coconut sorbet ready in an hour...cool, refreshing, delicious! Lastly, we love Simply Organic's french onion dip mix + organic Greek yogurt, mixed, chilled, and then served with season veggies - jicima, carrots, red/orange/yellow/green pepper strips, cucumber chips, broc-n-cauli dippers ---YUM!

Pearly Wong says …

Mayonaise and garlic pepper salt goes good with all fish entres yummy

Joe B says …

Corn and bean salad: frozen corn, canned black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, olive oil, salt pepper. YUM

Kristen Sieverts says …

A quick trail mix to snack on :) I came up with it this weekend, my whole family loves it! I have been snacking on it for dance; doing four hours a day - great energy boast and vegetarian (which I am) and vegan! But good for meat-eaters too :) A Dancer's Raw Energy Boast 1/2 cup unsalted almonds 2/3 cup raisins 1-2 teaspoons salt 1/2 cup (Vegan optional) Dark (Or any kind) Chocolate Chips 1/2 cup Craisins (dried Cranberries) Mix everything together and enjoy!

Cindy Lara says …

1)I love to make pancakes using the Arrow Head Mills brand with 365 Grade B Maple Syrup. 2)I like to make a banana, honey, 365 pumpkin seed smoothie smoothie before bedtime for mom and me to aid in sleeping. 3)A quick pizza that I make frequently is toasted, Rudy's small batch bread, spread with about a tablespoon of Marinara & Pizza Sauce (Sauces 'n Love), with a slice of deli cheese on top. Broil or bake till cheese is melted. (Very yummy- I add leftover crumbly burger sometimes)...better than take-out pizza.

Aisling says …

Today we have banana-walnut bread, but I like to make a variety of sweet breads with all the fresh fruits available right now. They're great for breakfast and for snacks.

Jamie says …

I love to make Eden Organic pasta noodles or any pasta with black olives, tomatoes, onion, artichokes and a red or yellow pepper. I saute the onion in olive oil then add the garlic (chopped), pepper, artichokes (quartered) and black olives along with garbanzo beans. Get this a little browned then add a can of diced tomatoes and vegetable broth, let this cook for about 5 minutes. You can either do this hot by putting this mixture over the cooked noodles or you can mix it all together and serve it cold. Such an option and it tastes so good and is so quick.

Kellie Lamphere says …

I love making chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies. They only take a few minutes to make and are my husbands favorite!

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