I know how easy it can be to lose focus of leading a healthy lifestyle in unusual times like these, but it is so important now, more than ever, to focus on maintaining your physical, mental and emotional health as this is one thing that we can control and is going to keep us strong moving forward. I don’t want you guys to feel stranded with your healthy eating, particularly with the reduced access many of us have to certain food products. So I thought what better way than to give you some more BARE recipes, using simple ingredients that you are likely to already have in your pantry, to cook while you are spending more time at home!
We’ve put together this BARE Essentials as an extension of the current BARE Guide and BARE Vegetarian Guide. The BARE Essentials contains 40 BARE main meal recipes that fit either Model 1 and Model 2, but instead of serving 1, they serve 4.
Each recipe has a meat-based and vegetarian variation, so whether you use the BARE Guide or the BARE Vegetarian Guide, there is an option for you! We also have a little freeze symbol that shows what can/cannot be frozen. Along with this, we have a few included breakfast and snack recipe ideas.
Once you have stocked your pantry, fridge and freezer with the staples, you can then purchase your fruits and vegetables fresh as you need them or, as an alternative, use a mixed frozen variety – depending on what is available to you.
As you look through the guide you will notice I have included ‘mixed vegetables’ in some of the recipes, this leaves the option open for you to use whatever you have access to,
whether that is fresh or frozen.
As for meats, your local butcher is often the best place to find what you need! If you can’t find what you are looking for, consider a different cut of meat or swap for an alternative protein.
The recipes inside are similar to the ones in BARE in terms of ingredients which is great as you should have many of the items already!
What we consider staples as:
Tinned tomatoes, Tomato Passata (tomato puree),Tinned beans & lentils, Oats, Grains: (Rice, quinoa, couscous), Coconut milk, Tinned tuna, Pasta. Flour, Breadcrumbs, Stocks, Sauces (i.e soy sauce, chilli sauce), Oils & Vinegars (olive oil, sesame oil), Spreads (peanut butter, honey, maple),Nuts and Seeds, Dry spices, Baking goods (sugars, powders), Bread (Freeze before going stale!), Onion, Garlic, Potato
Fridge: Meats, Eggs, Dairy (cheeses), Sauces
Freezer: Frozen fruit, Frozen Vegetables
I hope you guys love BARE Essentials & I hope it helps you throughout this time of need.
Happy cooking & stay safe!!