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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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Lori Brucato says …

Nothing says summer snacking like a bowl of freshly made guacamole with some tortilla chips. (I love Red Hot Blues) I always have cans of diced tomatoes on hand, making preparing the guac a snap.

emily says …

Bring on the basil! Angelhair pasta with pesto and tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with more basil.

Nicole Dyson says …

Black bean & corn salsa!

Pam says …

For a quick healthy snack I use 365 Brand unsweetened peanut butter (it's the best...I am so picky about my peanut butter), spelt rice cakes and an organic banana. It's a tasty, protein-filled, healthy snack.

leslie says …

salad with black beans, mango, red pepper and cilantro--delish!

Kristin says …

Raspberry preserves, lara bars and chia seeds are an always must have for me!

Dawn says …

Tacos with spicy salsa, shredded cheese and ground turkey meat. Easy and yummy!

Richard Brandt says …

Lobster and surimi salad, sweet corn, and corn bread

LaurelCrews says …

Trail mix with a variety of dried fruits like raisins, berries, apricots, figs, cashews, pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, dark chocolate pieces, pretzels, and cereals.

Jeannine says …

One of my favorite breakfasts is a juicy apple with 365 Smooth Cashew Butter and dates, Turkish apricots, and other dried fruit. Wash it all down with yummy, healthy coconut water!

Maureen says …

Ooooh! I would love to take this basket of goodies to the beach for my family to enjoy.

Emily says …

Quinoa is my staple. I make a bunch at a time and add whatever type of food I have in my kitchen. I make cold quinoa salads for my lunches for the week and something warm for dinner (which usually includes beans).

Kyla says …

I love to make spicy pizza using black beans, chiles in adobe sauce and taco seasoning. All of these can be found in my pantry in abundance:)

Linda Macias says …

My favorite patry meal is salad pasta tossed with canned diced tomatoes. olive oil, fresh basil and some fresh mozzarella. Its quick and yummy!

Arlene R. Crandall says …

The multigrain crackers spread with almond butter, cashew butter, or a hummus of one's choice topped with dried fruit is a great snack. An easy main dish is a ring sausage cut into small pieces, blended with fresh vegetables (carrots, onions, celery, etc.) of one's choice, and enhanced with cannellini beans and/or soy beans. The whole mixture is simmered in either 365 vegetable or chicken broth. Tastes good hot or cold. Holds well in the refrigerator for a few days.

Amy G says …

I enjoy a good bowl of cerel with ice cold milk. Chips and dip are a family fave; I always keep enough spices to whip up onion dip.

Tara says …

Steel cut oats with maple syrup, cinnamon, chopped walnuts or almonds and some dried fruit - heartiest and most filling brekkie there is! For a nice quick lunch, rice cake with peanut butter and jelly on top.

heather says …

a great summertime snack at our house is to take a can of chick peas, rinse, dry, toss with honey & cinnamon and roast in a 350 oven for 20 minutes. yummy!

Nancy says …

Black bean quesadillas. So quick and easy to make.

Cassandra says …

I like to mix something fresh with something pantry. Some fresh hummus with salsa tortilla chips, pita chips, or whole wheat pita bread. Serve veggies on the side for something healthy to dip!

Linda says …

I mix up a trail mix with a variety of nuts and dried fruits for a quick snack!

sarah says …

my favorite is making a spring salad with almonds and dry fruit and light dressing, than I make ice popsibles with coconut water - delicious!!

eileen says …

A great year round favorite is a can of Whole Foods 365 Everyday garbonzon beans mixed with Whole Foods organic roasted red peppers (in a jar, packed with water not oil)and some quinoa. This is an easy, light high protein meal that can be enjoyed hot or cold. You can add some salsa too for a kick. And, of course, any dried herbs you have on hand such as basil, oregano and thyme.

Alina says …

Couscous is my go-to in the summer, to make tabouleh salad. I load it up with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese and lots of herbs (parsley, mint). I end up with more veggies than couscous... the grain soaks at the juices (don't forget lemon juice!) and just gently holds the salad together. Great for summer picnics!

Linda says …

Nuts, seeds and dates are easy to eat snacks in a hurry. When you have a little more time to prepare a snack, sliced apples with almond butter are a great treat, loaded with fiber and protein.

Elizabeth says …

I love making my own summer beach snack mix with unsalted almonds and peanuts, dried fruits like cranberries, bananas, golden raisins and apricots, high-protein cereal and a few dark chocolate chips! Mix all together and put in a tall mason jar so it fits nicely in your beach cooler or picnic basket! Sweet, savory and delicious!!

Eva says …

Canned beans...great protein to add to any dish--especially salads and vegetarian entrees with other grains like quinoa, millet, and barley! Just drain and rinse them to get rid of excess sodium. YUM!

Karen Kaighin says …

Peanut butter and jelly, or "grilled cheese" made with flour tortillas, cheese, tomatoes, scallions, avocados, and whatever veggies are around, or cheese sandwich with lots of veggies and whole grain bread.

Lauren Bayles says …

Hot pasta dumped into bowl full of fresh, raw spinach, then tossed with a lemony olive oil dressing. After it cools a bit, add chick peas, slivered fresh basil, feta, fresh tomatoes, black pepper and calamata olives. Warm or cold, it's my favorite summer meal.

Melissa says …

Any kind of cheese with crackers and fruits.

anne gomez says …

apple slices with cashew butter

jennifer carroll says …

When I need an energy/mood boost, I mix Terr-amazon cacao nibs with organic sliced almonds and zante currants. It's the most satisfying, hit-your-hunger-where-it-hurts homemade trailmix on this side of the North Main Street Whole Foods Market.

Kris says …

We always have several kinds of dried beans and grains on hand. We like to cook up a big batch of beans in the pressure cooker, freezing most in 2-to-4-cup containers (when we finish one, we move another from the freezer to the fridge), and a big batch of grains in the rice cooker that we then store in the fridge for a few days. Then we always have grains & beans to toss into salads. For snacking, I always keep organic popping corn in the pantry. I pop it on the stove in a little oil (olive, walnut, or canola) and season to taste, e.g., sea salt, nutritional yeast flakes, onion powder, & black pepper -- the variety of seasonings is practically endless!

Lanette W. says …

Blueberries with creme fresche!

Caiti says …

I like to mix a spoonful of the cashew butter with a little bit of fruit spread, then eat it with pretzels!! Mmm!

David Lenchner says …

My new favorite is oatmeal with raw nuts - pepitas, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, almond slivers. Fill the bowl with raw nuts, add oatmeal, almond milk and agave nectar. Stir and eat for a healthy breakfast.

marva telemaque says …

For a snack I open some cans of sardines and mix in mustard, jalapenos, diced onions, diced tomatoes and some mayonaise and lemon juice then spread on brown rice cakes. You can also put walnuts into it. Have some cold santa cruz lemonade to refreshingly top it off. Also,rice cakes with almond butter or peanut butter topped with dates is a delightful marriage of taste!

Charlotte says …

Can't go wrong with Peanut/Almond Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, or Tuna Salad Sandwiches, for a quick summer lunch! For a snack, dried fruit and nuts always hit the spot.

Chris says …

Food should taste good multigrain chips dipped in hummus make a perfect snack!

Sharon says …

I love to spread the 365 cashew butter and a little bit of the strawberry fruit spread onto a Van's gluten free waffle, YUM!

Allison C says …

Dates filled with raw almond butter for a quick snack and Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce on any 365 fish and grilled for a quick main course.

Rosaland Harris says …

I love black bean burgers on a summer's day. I kinda like trail mix if I can only put chocolate chips in it too. Ice cold Coconut water ails my thirst.

Portia says …

Tortilla chips, Whole Foods Organic Black Beans, Organic Salsa, Cheese, Lettuce and Tomato= delicious, nutritious taco salad.

Brittany Pedersen says …

macaroni and cheese sounds really good!

Jim says …

I like to make my own trail mix with mixed organic nuts (1/3 salted, 2/3 unsalted), dried cranberries, raisins and dried figs.

Sarah says …

My favorite thing about summer is all the fresh produce so I like to make sandwiches with whole grain bread, hummus, fresh tomato, basil and spinach and a little cheese. So good.

Jennifer says …

My quick and easy pantry go to is tuna, garbanzo beans, olive oil, and diced red peppers mixed together for quick salad. I learned this recipe from the WF Kirby location.

Alyssa Dazet says …

Yum, yes please! :)

Marlene says …

A favorite light meal for us includes anglehair pasta combined with heated diced tomatoes (canned will work, too) in olive oil, tossed together with sliced black olives, and feta cheese. Yum!

aLISON Talcott says …

I would make a pan of easy, on-the-go bars with chia seeds, cashew and almond butter, walnuts, almonds, dates and apricots! Now you've got my mouth watering :]

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