Soup packets, canned diced tomatoes and pickled onions… is your pantry feeling a little blah? At M’Lord, we’ve got tons of ideas for gourmet meals made from simple, delicious ingredients. Read on for our list of essentials to keep on hand so you can whip up a meal in no time!
Artichoke hearts are the king of shareable apps! They pair beautifully with cheese and cream—that’s why they’re often used in warm dips and hors-d’oeuvres—but they’re also great for adding texture and flavour to salads.
High in fibre and low in calories, hearts of palm are super versatile and can be used to replace a number of different ingredients in your favourite recipes. You can make them into fries, add them to hummus and even make vegetarian pulled pork! Not hard to see why these quickly become a pantry staple.
Cassava isn’t very well known in Quebec, but it’s got more than one trick up its sleeve when it comes to tasty meals! Out of potatoes? Cassava’s starchy texture is great for making smooth mashed “potatoes” to use for shepherd’s pie and duchess-style cassava bites. Craving a crispy snack? Cassava also makes great fries!
To add a little freshness to your desserts in a hurry, stock up on pre-segmented canned grapefruit and mandarins! They’re ready to go right out of the can and perfect for tartlets, fruit salads or adding a bit of citrus flavour to salmon tartare or love salad!
Lychees are packed full of flavour and perfectly sweet, but they can be hard to find fresh in grocery stores. Luckily, canned lychees are available year-round! They add a tropical twist to desserts, from granitas to cookies to ice cream sandwiches, and they make a flavourful addition to your favourite happy hour cocktails.
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