Top Ten Staples to have on hand with recipes

I have always thought that if you have staples on hand, you can make anything. Staples are basics that you can keep in your cupboard to use to prepare a dish. I think that everyone’s list of staples are different. It all depends on the diet that you are on, or your health issues. If you have the right staples, you should be able to prepare a dish even if it’s not on your menu.

This is a list of common staples to have on hand:
Sugar, flour, salt, pepper, milk (dried or fresh), oil, butter, bread and canned vegetables.

While searching on food network’s site, I found their recommended staple list. So when I checked it out, it had nothing on it that I just mentioned. The only similarities would be bread. I meant white bread, they meant breadcrumbs. Once I studied their list, I could see using it as my staples list. You can make quite a few things with these ingredients. You can use breadcrumbs for meats or salads. If you have tomato paste, you can make ketchup. There are many ways to make your staples last. Use proper storage recommendations on your dry staples like flour, sugar and bread crumbs.

Here is the recommended staple list from food network. I also included some great tasting recipes to fix using the staples listed. If you have a different list of staples, there are many recipes in here to choose from. Enjoy!

1)canned tomatoes
Recipe: Pasta e-fagioli

2)Chicken, beef or vegetable broth
Recipe: Indian Summer Chicken

3)Dried Pasta
Recipe: Caribbean pasta with shrimp

4)Canned beans- brown, navy or kidney
Recipe: Three Bean Casserole

5)Canned Tuna Fish
Recipe: Texas Tuna Salad

6)Dried Fruits
Recipe: Sugar Free Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe: Antipasto Salad

8)Good Quality Breadcrumbs
Recipe: Pan seared scallops with creamy fettuccini

9)Tomato sauce/Tomato Paste
Recipe: Vegetarian soups for the crock pot

Recipe: Texas Hash

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About Jennifer Frye

Jennifer Frye is a stay at home mother with five children, four boys and one girl, including a set of boy/girl twins. She and her husband have been married for 14 years and they raise a small farm in a little town in West Virginia. Her two older boys participate in the local Swine Club and raise their own pigs for projects. She enjoys sharing her experiences as a mother and finds that everyday is a story. Her goals are to raise her children up with respect and dignity and knowledge. She loves cooking for her family and loves sharing her hobby with her children. She incorporates cooking as a family activity and gets everyone involved. Besides cooking, she loves to read and she keeps journals of her daily life with her children for the future. She has been a Sunday School teacher, ran her own day care in her home and during the summer, she teaches children about cooking. She feels that every child should know the basics of cooking.