Load shedding pantry staples

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Keep your pantry stocked with these versatile basic ingredients and you’ll be ready to whip up something tasty at a moment’s notice.

Once you’ve stocked up on these load shedding pantry staples, browse our load shedding recipes for recipes that are designed to make your life easier in many ways.

Load shedding pantry staple #1: Rice

Boil it in large batches. Divide into portions to store in the fridge or freezer. Use as a base for fried-rice dishes that can be cooked in minutes.

Try: loadshedding rice.

Load shedding pantry staple #2: Canned fish


Toss canned tuna with prepared pasta and a little vinaigrette. Add halved cherry tomatoes, baby spinach and crumbled feta.

Smoke and peppered mackerel fillets are a treat combined with cream cheese, a handful of parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice (do this in a blender or finely chop by hand). Serve with plain Melba toast.

Serve sardines on Woolworths rye flatbread and top with thinly sliced cucumbers tossed in white wine vinegar, a little sugar and freshly chopped dill.

Try: posh sardines on toast.

Load shedding pantry staple #3: Canned lentils, red kidney beans and borlotti beans

Load shedding pantry staples

These can be used as alternatives in a number of recipes. Add to pre-cooked roast veg with an easy homemade dressing and you’ve got a hearty instant meal.

Alternatively, toss the drained beans or lentils with 4T freshly chopped parsley, 4T extra virgin olive oil, 1T Dijon mustard, 100g crumbled feta and a splash of white wine vinegar. Season to taste.

Try: Lentil, grilled brinjal and butternut salad with tahini dressing.

Load shedding pantry staple #4: Pasta and canned tomatoes

Load shedding pantry staples
Toss precooked penne with whole Italian cherry tomatoes, 3 finely grated garlic cloves, 100g pitted and roughly chopped olives, a handful of fresh basil, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil and a drizzle of sherry vinegar. Add a pinch of chilli flakes, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and toss.

Try: tagliatelle with smoky tomato sauce, olives and capers

Loadshedding pantry staple #5: Tomato juice and tomato passata

Make our own cold soup by placing roughly chopped cucumber, tomatoes, baby spinach and red onion in a bowl with a little sherry vinegar, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add some tomato juice or tomato passata and you’ll have a rough, chunky soup on demand.

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