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10 Must-have Pantry Staples


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Rice
Rice goes with just about everything and it's easy and quick to cook.
Rice goes with just about everything and it's easy and quick to cook.
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Rice is such a versatile food. It can be the main component in a dish like a casserole or stir-fry, or a nice side dish to compliment any meat and vegetable. It's also super affordable and lasts a long time in the pantry. Whole grain rice is much better for you than enriched white rice, so for maximum nutrition, it's best to stick with whole grain. If you want to have rice on hand for any dish, get a variety of flavored "quick-cook" rice, a bag of whole grain and a bag of white. Try basmati for some Indian flair or if you really want to get adventurous, you can make your own short grain rice for home made sushi rolls.


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