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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




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!
07/12/2011 7:06:43 AM CDT
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.
07/12/2011 7:32:52 AM CDT
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! :)
07/13/2011 6:48:49 AM CDT
Heather says ...
I want to win that basket! My family would have it gone in a matter of days! Yummy!
07/13/2011 6:56:37 AM CDT
BatterLicker says ...
Homemade hummus or guac w/Food Should Taste Good Multigrain or Jalapeno tortilla chips!
07/13/2011 2:34:14 PM CDT
Jen says ...
my best pantry summer snack is whole wheat crackers with dip that is made from cream cheese and chopped olives and garlic.
07/21/2011 10:36:02 AM CDT
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.
07/20/2011 10:02:53 PM CDT
Cristina says ...
Whole wheat crackers with peanut butter, sliced bananas and honey drizzled on top. Delish and super easy!
07/20/2011 7:28:24 PM CDT
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!
07/26/2011 2:32:01 AM CDT
deana c says ...
My best summer pantry meal is linguini with pesto sause made with basil and garlic out of my garden
07/26/2011 7:31:45 AM CDT
Maggie says ...
Everything in this basket looks delish!!!
07/13/2011 1:22:28 PM CDT
laura firestone says ...
a "summer salad" made with avocado, corn, snap peas, green onion, cheery tomato, cucumber, lime juice, olive oil, shrimp and peppers.
07/14/2011 12:50:33 AM CDT
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.
07/14/2011 12:53:38 AM CDT
Rosa says ...
I would make a homemade energy bar with all the fruits, nuts, and nut butter.
07/13/2011 3:15:08 AM CDT
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.
07/13/2011 5:46:34 AM CDT
Ken says ...
Looks yummy
07/13/2011 5:36:20 AM CDT
Jenny says ...
Dates, wheat crackers, peanut butter, raspberries, mint tea, fresh hrbs, garden tomatoes,
07/14/2011 2:36:33 AM CDT
Lyn says ...
I eat gluten-free granola with dried fruit, as if it's trail mix!
07/18/2011 12:47:09 AM CDT
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.
07/18/2011 1:00:28 AM CDT
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!
07/20/2011 12:32:20 AM CDT
Carol Bryant says ...
I like trailmix.
07/20/2011 10:10:48 AM CDT
Alisha L. says ...
I LOVE having Pita Chips dipped in Low Fat Cottage Cheese or Hummas..Yummy! bakergurl02 (at) yahoo (dot) com
07/22/2011 11:33:18 PM CDT
Elizabeth J Downing says ...
love pb&j with banana in the summer time
07/23/2011 3:56:23 PM CDT
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!
07/23/2011 11:34:02 PM CDT
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!
07/24/2011 10:13:53 AM CDT