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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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Victor Caranante says …

Imitation crabmeat salad for a quick cool meal / can be put on a crusty roll or straight from the bowl.

Debby Burnett says …

I like to add the turkish apricots and chia seeds to homemade granola made with organic coconut oil and maple agave....slowly baked for an hour at 250 degrees. I also add pistachios, walnuts, rolled oats, organic dried blueberries or currants.

Rachel Chaney says …

Natural peanut butter on whole grain crackers! Yummmm

Abbe says …

Oh my, so many Whole Foods whole food staples! WF/365 brand of Organic Soy Ginger Sauce and Organic Tamari Soy Sauce are great for flavor enhancers - whether fresh or cooked veggies, grains and chicken or tofu. Mix in some tahini (sesame butter) and nutty-cheesy tasting nutritional yeast and mmmm! Sprinkle with pumpkin (green) seeds for lots of crunch. Always have almond butter or another nut butter around for a quick, high protein nutrient dense snack. Put that on fresh bananas or WF crispy rice cakes or crackers. Yum!

patricia says …

Great snack from pantry staples (for ANY time of year): dried cherries, dark chocolate chips, unsalted almonds and sometimes walnuts. Also love to throw together a bean and rice dish for dinner - sometimes replace beans with mandarin oranges and nuts.

Nadine Peternel says …

Crackers with peanut butter and honey

Christine says …

For a great snack, I love multigrain crackers, hummus and sliced olives on top!! Very easy to make and soooooo good!

Laura says …

Nut butter on whole wheat w/banana...fruit smoothie to drink.

Shela Sanders says …

With Steel-cut Oatmeal, I like maple syrup,chiaseed, blueberries and strawberries. Yes, together!

Missy M says …

Orzo with pesto from a jar

francie says …

A twist of lemon, a spritz of wine, a dash of lime - with a side-bar of hummus, swiss cheese and gross-grain crackers = Happy Summer!

Nikki says …

Black beans and rice mixed with some peach salsa!

Michelle says …

Chips and salsa for me!

Z Jacobson says …

I always have veggie burgers handy and ezikiel wraps

Frydel Uchitelle says …

Whole wheat pasta with peanut sauce and roasted veggies. Great summer meal.

Heather says …

A quick pasta dish to highlight the summer's best vegetables. I pull from my pantry the following: olive oil, whole wheat pasta, canned fire-roasted tomatoes, tomato paste, dried red pepper flakes and dried oregano. Boil the pasta, saute the veggies with some garlic, add tomatoes and seasonings, and that's it. Sometimes I add a few other pantry goodies to kick things up a notch, like pine nuts or jarred artichoke hearts or kalamata olives.

Treena says …

Tomato and Potato salad is the best! Mix with some onions, garlic, and oil and vinegar.

piper says …

Fave summer snack: Pita chips from the pantry with some fresh hummus!

jack eilrich says …

Dates with peanut butter...um..um.. good

Nasreen says …

My favorite summer pantry snack is trail mix of almonds and prunes. Great combination and healthy too.

Yasmin says …

My favorite summer snack would probably be dates. They are just so addicting.

Rocio says …

whole wheat pancakes or hummus with whole wheat crackers! love hummus!

Valerie Maldonado says …

Quickest and easiest: tuna, pasta, olives, artichoke hearts, olive oil (or oil from artichoke hearts) and vinegar for vinaigrette, and seasonings for cold pasta salad. Add any fresh veggies if you have them (carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers...)

Sandra Gray says …

My favorite summer pantry meal is pasta salad--I use whole wheat spaghetti with an italian dressing (or something similar), add my spices like garlic powder, sesame seed, paprika, poppy seed, cayenne pepper, celery seed (or any combo of those spices--don't have to have all of them.) And then add whatever organic veggies I have around (definitely some tomatoes, maybe onions and cucumbers or some green or red peppers. And some grated cheese. So easy and quick-just chill it and good to go. Course you can add tuna or chicken but you don't really need to.

Greg says …

Trail mix with extra dried fruit added to enjoy while walking.

marla watras says …

My favorite snack is whole foods specialty cheeses the different gouda's and ceddar cheeses on low sodium whole grain crackers.

Jacqueline von der Mehden says …

Chips and salsa are a must have at our house

Leonor says …

Love to mix my own Tapanade: chopped green olives with chopped garlic,capers,olive oil,cracked pepper,chopped basil. Over Suzie's thim multigrain ricecakes. Sooooooo Delicious!

Stacy says …

I always like having canned beans (and, of course, spices) on hand. We always get so much zucchini from our garden, so I like to make beans soups. You can always freeze the extra!

Rebecca says …

Dried apricots are great for every course! They can be added to a marinade for meat, chopped in to a salad or used to top off ice cream for dessert.

Alicia Hyland says …

My go to panry staple, especially in the summer, is red beans and rice, cooked in the crock pot so I don't hea up the house! Good hot or cold.

Elizabeth says …

The number one thing I love to snack on would be strawberries! Seeing that my daughter loves them as well, a huge three pound container usually lasts us about a day. A few other things my daughter and I like to snack on would be grapes, tortilla chips and salsa, apples, pears, and the two bite brownies.

Vangie says …

I like to stock artichoke hearts, black olives and sun dried tomatoes and some tomato sauce. With that I can have pizza any time either by making my own dough or using a pre-made one.

Kathy Harris says …

I like to keep things in my pantry that I can grab and go, things that travel well, dried fruit, nuts, whole wheat crakers with almond butter.

Lisa says …

I love ripe juicy tomatoes, cut up with cubed french bread thrown in a bowl, mixed up, with home made red vinegar and olive oil and salt and pepper! Love it, love it, love it!

Patti says …

I love Colorado summers with all the family and friends gatherings, and I'm lovin' all this rain. Food should taste good whole grain chips and hummus are a staple for us at those gatherings!

liz Me;ara says …

cashew butter on whole grain toast. can't beat it.

RT says …

Nuts - in everything - pasta - apricot jam makes for a quick marinade.

Mary says …

A great, summery pantry-based meal that satisfies and energizes is millet salad! Cook millet, or use leftovers. While millet is cooking, make a dressing of evoo, cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and freshly squeezed orange juice if you have oranges on hand. Toss dried apricots in the dressing and add cooked millet. Serve over greens and top with sliced almonds. Yum! Great as is, or add some roasted sweet potato or any other veggies you love best.

April plummerr says …

If I have red wine, onions, red peppers, italian seasonings, parmesan, bread crumbs, eggs and chicken I can put together several good meals

Sara says …

i smash canellini beans, mix with a little lemon, parsley, garlic and olive oil. use as a dip for multigrain cracker or carrots :) so easy and so yummy

Betty says …

Summer salad: mix can of black beans, can of corn, 2 chopped green peppers, 2-3 cups cooked brown rice, cup or two of shredded cheese, 2 tsps chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Dress with 1/3 cup oil, 3-4 tblspn lemon juice, pressed garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Mix all and chill or eat room temp - very tasty. Of course, adjust seasonings to your taste.

stephanie purdy says …

I love quinoa, black beans, corn and cilantro for a summer dish!

Mary says …

This looks like a scrumptuos basket of goodies.

Ronna Scott says …

Quinoa, dried apricot and sliced almond salad is my families favorite to have in sitting in the frig. The longer it sets the better it gets

Barb says …

I always keep bulger and quinoa on hand so I can add quick sauteed veggies, dried fruit, nuts and no salt added canned beans. I also love to snack on fresh ground almond butter on apples, bananas, or rice cakes. Ummm fresh ground almond butter. It's like crack for me - I just can't resist!

Jill says …

I love to whip up quick bean salad with whatever kind of beans I have in the pantry, some oil & vinegar, salt & pepper and your set!

Kristen W says …

I always have the ingredients on hand to make different kinds of pasta salads. They are perfect for when it's too hot to use the oven!

Stephanie Ospina says …

I love a wonderful plain greek yogurt mixed with blueberries and low fat granola.

Christopher A Zajac says …

I'm a big fan of making smoothies. I have a vitamix and like combining assorted nut(usually almonds) with seeds(flax), apricots, almond milk, and bananas. Agave sweetener to taste.

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