Pantry Saviors and Appearance on NBC…

Hello Dear FITME Family,

First of all I hope you are all safe and healthy wherever you are. These are unprecedented and frightening times, many times I feel like we are living in a dystopian horror film brought to life. However, as each day progresses I do see silver linings. I see…

  • Families bonding with each other more than ever
  • A time to catch up on books I have always wanted to read
  • Opportunity to clean out my closets and car
  • Downtime to appreciate nature, even if it is just poppies blooming in my backyard
  • More  time to pray and meditate
  • Streets clear of traffic and exhaust

On the flip side I absolutely realize this is a difficult time for everyone, economically and emotionally. I never thought I would see the day when food markets look like an apocalyptic war zone, yet here we are. I feel like I have won the lottery when I can buy a dozen eggs, some fresh vegetables or a packet of ground meat. As grocery shelf after shelf have been stripped bare, I did notice that there were some nonperishable foods that people overlooked that can be repurposed into different dishes. Below is a video showing some of my favorite whole foods that have a long shelf life, hope you find it useful! I am a strong believer that emergencies are not the time to eat junky foods that destroy the immune system. Whole foods are always best, even when they are in a can or a carton:

 

I also appeared on the NBC show “California Live,” where I talked about the same thing, albeit I had a lot less time (which is why I did an extended version for you all youtube)  This took place right before the massive lockdown here in the San Francisco Bay area:

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/california-live/how-to-repurpose-the-food-stockpiled-in-your-pantry/2329837/?fbclid=IwAR3rVpgjBw3cc2SIsMBiA-5lWyxhlPFT63scNES0DRyqPbWZHMEJgrM1wPo

Here is also another article I wrote for Arab America about the nutrition of grains and how they are versatile staples to have during this time:

https://www.arabamerica.com/middle-eastern-pantry-staples-to-the-rescue-with-hearty-bulgur-pilaf/

If you have any suggestions for videos relating to our current situation, I am all ears, feel free to let me know what you would like to see!

Best wishes and virtual hugs to you all,

Blanche

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