*This post is brought to you by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze
The only thing better than an organized pantry is a fully stocked pantry. I’ll be honest...as someone who generally goes out to eat more than she cooks, pandemic life has since forced me to rethink my entire grocery shopping routine.
Yes, I *actually* prepare meals now. Am I any good at it? Ask Sutton and Stella. They’d probably tell you that their mother makes a really great smoothie, which I absolutely do.
The fact of the matter is that mealtime, including snack time, is a whole lot easier when you have your core pantry staples on hand. In other words, something that allows you to whip up all kinds of recipes on the fly. We only have so much available time and space, so by stocking your shelves the smart way, it maximizes both.
Almondmilk is that core staple for me. I buy shelf stable Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, which is by far our favorite brand, in bulk without hesitation. The reason is because it is shelf stable, so you can keep a supply in your pantry (unopened) for up to one year. It’s also extremely versatile and can substitute for dairy milk in any recipe that calls for it, as well as being delicious and nutritious.
In the mornings, I typically use almondmilk to make smoothies for my kids, which is literally the easiest thing to do with your eyes half-closed. With that same carton, I’ll pour some in my coffee until it matches the appropriate shade of PANTONE 15-1040. If my kids want pancakes, I’ll add some almondmilk to the boxed mix to make them extra fluffy.
Do you see where I’m going with this? Whether it’s sweetened or unsweetened, original or vanilla, Almond Breeze is the pantry item that I always keep on hand. I’ve used it in batches of soups that have lasted us for days. I’ve even made a chia seed pudding. Can you imagine me, of all people, making a pudding? This is who I am when I scroll past a recipe on Instagram and realize I have all the ingredients at my fingertips. Almondmilk, chia seeds, honey, some fresh berries...voilà! Kids, your mother is a chef now.