Helpful Hints

Stocking your pantry

An important key to success is having easy access to the foods you need. You know how difficult it is when you come to prepare a meal and you don’t have what you want in the pantry.  This will be especially difficult if we’re doing the Daniel Plan and we’re trying to make a dinner after a long day at work and there’s not the right stuff easily at hand. 

So, things you’ll need every day:

  • Fresh veges
  • Fresh fruit
  • Tinned foods – fruit, beans, chopped tomatoes, pineapple juice…
  • Frozen foods – peas, corn, stir fry veges, blueberries, raspberries, frozen bananas for smoothies…
  • Whole grains – brown rice, wholemeal flour, wholewheat pasta, oats, millet, muesli…
  • Beans, pulses, and legumes – kidney beans, pinto beans, , lentils, split peas …
  • Nuts and seeds – sesame seeds, linseed, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, coconut…
  • Dried fruit – raisins, apricots, dates…
  • Milk substitute – rice milk, soya milk, almond milk
  • Flavourings – Herbs and spices to zest up your meals.  Try the Indian ones like coriander, cardamom, cumin, fennel, chilli…then there are others like smoked paprika, five spice powder, cinnamon,…herbs like thyme, oregano, …
  • Good oils – olive, grape seed, coconut oil, sesame, sunflower, any good cold pressed oil…
  • Condiments – salt, pepper, vanilla essence, mustard…
  • Beverages – herbal teas, fresh mint for tea, fruit juices
  • Bread substitute – Ryvita crackers, corn thins, rice crackers, unleavened bread (most flat bread has yeast in it – we’ll try making our own)…
  • Spreads for snacks – peanut butter, tahini, hummus, various spreads you can make (see the recipes)
  • Sweetener – fruit juice on cereal is good, date puree (see recipe)
  • Other things –tahini for smoothies (sesame seed butter), tofu, Vege stock cubes (Rapunzel are chemical free)

Keep as close to nature as possible, avoid foods that contain:

        “Hydrolised” anything                  Soy derivatives

  • Yeast extract                               Maltodextrin
  • Gelatin                                           “Enriched” anything
  • Milk solids                                    Natural flavourings
  • “Starch”anything                      Low or no fat items

Shopping List

Please click on the link below for a shopping list form that will help when you are purchasing your food supplies:

Shopping List

Menu Planning Worksheet

Please click on the link below to access a menu planning worksheet.

Menu Planning Worksheet