We love cooking. Some nights it’s like an episode of Come Dine with Me, hopefully one of the good ones! Other times, after a wild day we would happily sit down to a bowl of popcorn and a protein bar! For those days we have a stack of quick, tasty recipes to turn to that are made using ingredients we always have in the house.

To make life easy we’ve put together our list of twelve foods to have in the cupboard or on the shopping list. So even when there’s technically ‘no food’ you’ll always be able to throw something together.  We’ve also popped a couple of recipes down below to give you a little food for thought.

Top 12 items we always have

  1. Oats
  2. Rice noodles/rice
  3. Spices (this is a little bit cheaty, we know)
  4. Vinegar (we love apple cider)
  5. Beans (of any kind)
  6. Nuts; usually cashews or almonds
  7. Protein powder
  8. Nut butter
  9. Frozen fruit
  10. Frozen veg
  11. Coconut oil
  12. Eggs

“Dirty Rice” Speedy Style

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder, onion powder, salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika, oregano
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tin beans
  • Splash vinegar
  • 2 cups cooked rice/2 nests rice noodles
Optional: eggs, mince or protein of choice (a Beyond burger or two crumbled up would be great). If you have peppers in the fridge, these would also be a beaut and more traditional addition)
  1. Add coconut oil and spices to large frying pan
  2. Cook spices for 2 minutes on a medium heat, or until fragrant
  3. Drain and rinse beans
  4. Add everything else to the pan with the spices
  5. Add 1/2 cup of water and cook until warmed through
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Peanut Butter & Jam Balls 

  • 1/2 Cup oat flour (made from blitzed up oats)
  • 1/4  Cup peanut butter
  • 60g (1/2 Cup) frozen raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder
  1. Add everything to a bowl
  2. Mix well & refrigerate for 15 mins to allow the oat flour to absorb the juices from the berries
  3. Roll into ball shapes and store in fridge for 3-4 days or freezer if you aren’t eating them straight away
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