For once I really wasn't sure what to blog about because I haven't been buying much even in the way of groceries and what I have been buying is pretty standard. I haven't done a What's In My Kitchen in a long time so I thought I would do one today. This time around I thought I would do my Current Top 10 in 2X2 format. So...2 in each category!
SPICES - Turmeric & Smoked Paprika
I try and add Turmeric in as much as I can and it's tremendously easy to include in sauces, dips, and spreads! Same with Smoked Paprika! I just use a pinch in just about everything and it really kicks it up a notch!
Everyday Fruits/Veggies - Tomatoes & Mini Peppers
I eat some form of tomatoes nearly every day! I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! I REALLY enjoy sweet red bell and mini peppers, too! Especially Red, Orange, and Yellow! I eat a LOT of these and they usually have a top spot on my What's In My Kitchen List!
Nuts/Seeds - Sunflowers & Cashews
Cashews are almost always on my list whether it's actually IN my kitchen or on my grocery or wishlist. However, I have had to start replacing them with Sunflowers lately because of prices and availability. I adore both of them but haven't found them as interchangeable as some other bloggers...YET.
Tools - Tupperware Holiday Cups & BlendTec Wild Side
Many of you may know that I have a VitaMix that I use often but a few years ago I bought a BlendTec Wild Side Jar that attached on my Vitamix base. I still use my Vitamix but will also use this BlendTec Jar other times. Just like anything I think there are Pro's and Con's to each. The most important PRO for me for the BlendTec Wild Side Jar is that it's more user-friendly in getting the contents out (better than the Vitamix Jar).
One purchase I haven't talked about yet was Tupperware. A friend of mine had a book party and I grabbed the Holiday cups similar to the one of the top of this photo. They are small and cute.
Condiments: Lemon Juice & Dijon Mustard
I have found that I am using more and more Dijon Mustard in my sauces, dips, spreads as of late to enhance the flavors. Lemon Juice is almost ALWAYS in my frig, too!
Convenience Items: Aldi Guacamole & Vegan Veggie Burgers
Avocadoes are ALWAYS expensive where I live. The cheapest place to buy them here is my local Aldi but the last 6 months or more even Aldi's has made it so I can't or won't purchase them. As of this weekend, they were priced at $1.69 each....the highest I have seen them at Aldi. So instead, I opted for one of their prepared Guac's which was priced at $2.99 but you get 2 packets which would last me longer than 1 Avocado! The other convenience item is their Vegan Veggie Burgers which I blogged about last week. I added them to Taco's this weekend! YUM!
Must-Have's For Munchies: Carrots & Celery
I have been trying to shy away from massive amounts of corn chips and have been opting for Carrots and Celery Sticks instead. So far - so good!
Oils: Grapeseed & Pumpkin Seed
As many of you know, I sell Wildtree Products. But not for long because we will end that journey the end of this year. I have and will probably continue to use Grapeseed Oil as my main oil of choice when I do use oil, however, I found some Pumpkin Seed Oil a few months ago at a really good price and I'm almost done with that bottle. I will be on the lookout for new good deals on oils, soon!
Superfoods/Additions: Sprouts & Chlorella
As you can see from my recent blog posts I have been getting into sprouting again and have been trying to include Chlorella into my daily intake more and more.
Superfood Contents: Genuine Health Gut Superfood Summer Berry Pomegranate & Hemp Seeds
Here's a new product I need to tell you about and upon opening the tub it smells AMAZING! It's Genuine Health Gut Superfood Summer Berry Pomegranate! @genuinehealth #GHsuperfoods - Genuine Health sent me samples to work with and I'm in the process of working on ways to include this product in some recipes. In the meantime, I'm simply mixing it into water and BAM! There you go! I'm always excited to try a new product that helps with gut health and is VEGAN!
Turmeric, smoked paprika and lemons are my must haves too!!ReplyDelete
Indeed!!!! Powerhouse ingredients!Delete
Wow! You truly are a cook after my own heart.. so much of this stuff I always keep. In my kitchen too! I have recently started buying fresh turmeric root from a local Asian grocery and if you can find any I'd recommend it. I blend it with a little water and then add it to dishes. Cashews being expensive I often use sunflower seeds nowadays. I replaced the cashews with them to make a cheese-style sauce and now I always do it that way... sunflower seeds a little miso,a little tahini, a little lemon juice and salt and some soya milk. All goes in the blender, and done in Seconds!ReplyDelete
Good to know I'm not the only one who uses a lot of these things the way I do! Blenders are awesome, aren't they?Delete
thanks for getting into IMK again! lovely to have you. IMK has had a few hosts in recent times so it must have been hard to find. How did you find it again btw? yum to turmeric and to smoked paprika. i loooove smoked foods. i am addicted to yakima applewood smoked salt; smells like my childhood:) the tupperware looks cute! cheers sherry x
Last night I had to look up that sea salt you mentioned. Looks neat! I was lucky enough to find you thru a mutual friend! YAY! Thanks for stopping by!Delete
Love those cutting boards and also the nice Tupperware containers, so appropriate for the season. Gee! Time sure flies. Christmas is next month!!!ReplyDelete
I swiped the cutting boards from etsy - should have actually bought them! LOVE them, too! I know - I can't believe it's already November!Delete
Great post, I'm obsessed with those spices and curious to try the BlendTec container with my VitaMix!ReplyDelete
Let me know if you get it! Just make sure you get the one that is compatible! There are at least 2 different ones I believe.Delete
Oh Dijon mustard, I miss that when I'm travelling! Right now I have fermented soy bean sauce and sweet thick soy sauce in my kitchen alongside my trusty bag of nooch.ReplyDelete
I will have to look over your blog and see if I can find the the recipe for the sauce!Delete
Hi Jennifer long time no see - last time was around VeganMofo - I did not have time to join in this month, but here I find you via IMK. You have so many good things in yourkitchen. I use a lot of turmeric in my cooking but fresh turmeric root is hard to track down, so I am envious. I like those little tupperware tubs too.ReplyDelete
I signed up for Vegan MoFo but didn't stay on theme or topic...YIKES! Yes! I'm so glad I was able to find IMK again! YAY! I agree it IS hard to find fresh Turmeric! I have been using a potent powder that is 6X more powerful than regular store bought. I fought it over at The Raw Food World!Delete
I just polished off a bottle of smoked paprika, too- I can't get enough of the stuff! It's hard to imagine how I ever got by with just plain hot paprika before...ReplyDelete
I agree!!! LOVE that stuff! Takes everything to the next level!Delete
what a great way to showcase a post. I use a lot of Smoked Paprika as well :)ReplyDelete
Thanks! Can't wait to hear more about your Smoked Paprika adventures as well!Delete
Turmeric and paprika are favourites of mine too :-) Thanks for taking part in IMK, I liked reading about your favourites and staples!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for stopping by and for the IMK encouragement! I'll swing by your place soon, too!Delete
Jennifer, nice to see you again and tour your kitchen 2 x 2. Loved your idea to use veggie burgers in tacos! Dijon mustard is on my "must" list, too, and you've inspired me to use more Smoked Paprika. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Let me know what you add Smoked Paprika to!Delete