Pantry Plan: May 17th

Spice up your pantry meals!


Photo by @thefeedfeed
This week we’re looking to spice things up with our friends at Simply Organic who have sponsored this week’s menu! Looking for more ways to elevate your everyday cooking? Click here to learn more about Simply Organic and how their real spices add real bite to recipes. On the list this week is a spicy curry, stuffed shells and sheet pan dinners!
Things to Use This Week: Use this as a guide for what to stock up on at the store, or what to grab from your pantry. 
Chicken Thighs 
Simply Organic Smoked Paprika
Simply Organic Ground Black Pepper
Simply Organic Bay Leaves
Simply Organic Whole Cumin Seed
Simply Organic Crushed Red Pepper
Simply Organic Black Sesame Seeds
Simply Organic Sesame Seeds
Simply Organic Five Spice Powder
Simply Organic Ground Ginger
Simply Organic Ground Turmeric
Simply Organic Cayenne Pepper
Simply Organic Ground Coriander
Simply Organic Ground Cumin
Things to Prep Ahead This Week: We realize some of the items we rely on from the store each week may be difficult to come by. Here are few basics you might want to consider making yourself to be as resourceful as possible and to add lots of flavor to your pantry meals! 
Homemade Granola 
Homemade Nut Butter
Homemade Bread
Pesto (add extra flavor to sandwiches, pastas & more!)
Use these as a guide for inspiration. Just because you don't have every single ingredient doesn't mean you can't replicate the main flavor of the dish! 
The Spice is Right!
Reach into that spice drawer to add a little extra flavor to dinner!
Yogurt Chicken Curry by @rachelgurjar

If you need some curry advice, our @rachelgurjar is your girl!  Read more about the amazing trip she took to India with Simply Organic here.

Spice Swap: Replace the coriander called for in the recipe with an equal amount of cumin or fennel seeds.

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Turmeric and Ginger Meatballs with Tangy Red Pepper Sauce by @thefeedfeed

These Meatballs are spiced with Simply Organic Turmeric for a hit of punchy earthiness and Simply Organic Ginger for a lovely sweet heat. We added Simply Organic Parsley to bring fresh herbaceousness and cayenne for a bit of heat.  The sauce is made from a base of fresh red peppers, onions, garlic, and jalapeño and gets a generous amount of Simply Organic Smoked Paprika for a pleasant smoky flavor. 

Spice Swap:  If ginger is running a little low... replace with a warm spice like allspice or nutmeg, but just a pinch! This can help tone down the the tangy red pepper sauce and give the dish a warm earthiness. 

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Keep it Lean! 
We all love comforting and hearty meals, but sometimes you just need something easy, light, and mostly vegetables! Load up that sheet pan with lots of veggies and prep some fresh, extra crunchy vegetables to go along with your choice of protein! 
Trying to make more fresh fish at home? This recipe is for you!  We seasoned wild salmon with a mix of Simply Organic GingerFive Spice Powder and Crushed Red Pepper and seared it over high heat before topping it with a tamari, ginger and honey glaze. Serve the fish over an easy Simply Organic Black Sesame flecked rice and round it all out with some bittersweet bok choy!

Spice Swap:  Five spice is a mix of cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, cloves, star anise and white pepper so if you don't have the blend on hand, make your own based on what it in your cupboard!
Five Spice Roasted Chicken with Carrots and Cabbage by @themodernproper

Need an easy weeknight dinner? TheModernProper has you covered. Their secret ingredient is the Simply Organic Five Spice Powder in the marinade for added punch and flavor. 

Spice Swap:  Instead of a dash of crushed red pepper, try using a punch of cayenne!

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Pasta Night! 
Pasta is a delicious and safe play during a busy week! Keep it simple with a Spicy Puttanesca or serve up hearty Spring Stuffed Shells!
Spring Stuffed Shells with Spinach, Ricotta, Broccoli Rabe and Peas by @thefeedfeed

By the time Spring rolls around on the East Coast, we’re longing for bright & vibrant meals. However, often times it’s still pretty chilly going into the middle of May, so those bright spring flavors need to be served along with a side of comfort. Enter these spring forward stuffed shells bursting with fresh green vegetables and perfectly spiced with Simply Organic Garlic Powder, Lemon Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper and Oregano.

Spice Swap: If you don't have Lemon Pepper spice blend on hand, zest a lemon and combine with cracked black pepper, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt! 

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Spicy Puttanesca by @zestfulkitchen

This classic Italian pasta sauce is salty, briny and just downright delicious thanks to ZestfulKitchen and the Simply Organic spices she uses. It comes together quickly and easily thanks to a short, yet bold list of ingredients!

Spice Swap: This recipe calls for Italian Seasoning, if you're fresh out use oregano instead!

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Make this cake for breakfast, brunch or dessert and everything in between. Have apples on your hands? Dice a few up and toss them in. Want to add blueberries? Go for it! Got some fresh tart cranberries laying around? Go nuts! This cake is a blank buttery canvas, Carpe Diem! 

Spice Swap:  Fresh out of cinnamon? Use a pinch of cardamom instead for a beautiful floral citrusy note.