A Message from Chef Gabrielle
Updated: Sep 8
Culinary Director of Wellness Eats share tips for eating well in uncertain times
To the Cape Wellness Collaborative Community,
I’ve been thinking of ways that I can support the CWC community during these uncertain times. My answer- food! I’m going to share some tips and tricks I have under my belt for shopping and provisioning your pantry along with a few recipes for pantry-staple recipes.
As we are living in difficult times and can no longer dine out at restaurants, a stocked pantry, fridge and freezer can be comforting. While I am not advocating clearing the shelves at your local grocery store, here are some tips to stock your kitchen.
Stock up on hearty vegetables that last, such as squash, potatoes, onion, garlic, beets, carrots, celery. Be sure to keep them in a cool dry place and they will last a long time!
Dried goods like beans, rice, lentils, pasta, nuts, canned tuna provide protein, but are less costly and last longer than fresh dairy, meat, and seafood.
Stock up on olive oil, salt, pepper, spices, canned tomatoes, beans, honey, flours, nut butters, and vinegar.
Stock up on frozen vegetables — they have similar nutrition as fresh, taste better than canned and way less sodium.
Speaking of the freezer, did you know that you can pretty much freeze anything? I LOVE a well-stocked freezer! Roast or steam veggies like kale, broccoli, cauliflower and freeze for later use reheated in main course dishes or soups. Make a huge batch of soup and save the rest in the freezer for another meal. Did you know you can even freeze whole ripe avocados for use months later? Simply freeze the whole, skin-on avocado. When ready to enjoy it, run it under hot water for a minute then let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes, peel and enjoy.
Tea. Most teas are packed with antioxidant, immune-boosting and anti-viral wellness compounds. Add some fresh ginger and lemon in your teas and you are really talking! Some of my favorite immunity teas are Oolong, Green, White, Hibiscus and Tulsi.
A fun tip about green onions/scallions: Did you know that green onion scraps are among the easiest food scraps to regrow? Take the green onion roots and place them in a glass with enough water to cover them. Make sure the roots are pointing down and change the water every couple of days. In a few days the root will regrow and shoot up new green growth about 4 times.
And now onto the recipes! Take the opportunity to experiment a little. Cooking and baking can be very therapeutic. Here are a few pantry-staple friendly recipes that you can whip up while hunkered down!
Sending love to all of you out there! Stay healthy.
Gabrielle and the team at Wellness Eats