Food & nutrition

6 easy stay-on-track meals using clever storecupboard essentials

Transform storecupboard essentials into delicious dishes with these handy hacks.

A well-stocked storecupboard can be your best stay-on-track friend. Read on for our list of must-have healthy ingredients – and six recipes to make the most of them!

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The key to storecupboard success is having a combination of clever spice blends, vinegars and healthy grains that can be thrown together to make a meal.

We’ll assume you have the basics such as oils, stock cubes and condiments, so here’s the WW magazine team’s list of additional kitchen essentials.

Tinned tomatoes: No store cupboard is complete without some zero-hero tinned tomatoes. They provide a healthy base for hundreds of different dishes, including lots of tasty stews and soups.

Pre-cooked pulses: Cooking chickpeas, lentils and other pulses from scratch can be time-consuming, so the pre-cooked versions are lifesavers.

Grains: Wholewheat grains – such as freekeh, quinoa and buckwheat – are useful staples to have to hand. They can even be prepared in the microwave to save you time and effort.

Harissa: An aromatic spice paste made from roasted red peppers, chillies, garlic and spices, use this as a marinade or to add flavour to soups and stews. 

Bold spices: A few punchy spices, such as smoked paprika (great in casseroles), or blends like ras el hanout (try it on roasted veggies) will make a huge difference to your cooking without adding any SmartPoints®.

Mustard: A great way to give flavour and heat to a sauce or salad dressing without adding too many SmartPoints. Stock up on varieties such as Dijon (sweeter), wholegrain (more acidic) and English. 

Vinegar: Adding a splash of vinegar to your cooking is an easy way to balance out flavour, provide acidity and bring out the sweetness of a sauce. Try balsamic, red wine, white wine, cider, sherry and rice wine vinegars.

Now cook! The delicious recipes below are based on some of your store cupboard ingredients. Who knows - maybe they’ll become your go-to staples!

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