How to make the most out of the ingredients you have at home

How to make the most out of the ingredients you have at home

While the nation battles the COVID pandemic, many major cities are in lock down with strict restrictions placed on residents to not leave their home unless it’s for an essential reason. Are you finding you are wanting to avoid going food shopping to limit the opportunity to being exposed to the deadly Delta and Omnicron variants of Covid? Read on to find out how you can make the most of the ingredients you have at home.

Buy versatile ingredients that will last

These are the most versatile ingredients to have in your fridge, freezer and pantry

  • Tinned Tomatoes / Beans
  • Potatoes / Carrots
  • Capsicum / Eggplant
  • Bananas / Apples
  • Spinach / Mushrooms
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Tofu / Hommus
  • Rice / Pasta
  • Seasoning / Stock
  • Preferred protein

Why are these ingredients versatile?

They may seem random, but all these ingredients can be used in a multitude of ways. If you are missing a particular ingredient, you can substitute it for something else on this list. Take spinach for example, you can serve it raw in a salad or sauté it with toast and tomatoes and have it for breakfast. Spinach is packed full of nutrients and can compliment any meal.

How to solve common kitchen predicaments!

There are many websites and apps that can offer recipes using only pre-selected ingredients. Also, you may like to Google ingredient substitutions if you don’t have a particular ingredient required. Some examples of useful websites are,, and Here are some apps to check out; BBC Good Food, Forks Plant-Based Recipes, Deliciously Ella, and Yummly Recipes & Cooking Tools.

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Keep it simple!

When you are really finding it hard to put a meal together, just keep it simple and make the basics. How good are pancakes and grilled cheese on toast? Mushrooms on toast and spaghetti are both simple to make and satisfying to eat.

My personal favourite and recommendation

Tacos and quesadillas!!! You can basically throw anything in them. Got tortillas, cheese and a few canned ingredients...? Voila it’s a meal! Another suggestion is a stir fry. Grab whatever veggies you have, toss them with some soy sauce in a fry pan, add some rice and it’s another quick meal.

The options are almost endless

The key here is to be creative and think outside the box. Google is your best friend. Get inspiration from influencers, look up different cuisines and experiment with flavours. Good luck and happy cooking.

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