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Our Pantry Staples


Find out what Festival’s Mealtime Mentors always keep on hand at home for mealtime solutions!

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Lauren’s Staples

Plain Greek Yogurt

– Try layering the yogurt, sweetener of choice (honey, fresh or frozen fruit, or no added sugar jelly), and granola or oats to make your own yogurt parfait

– Perfect to use in recipes as a substitute for sour cream, oil, butter, mayonnaise and cream cheese

– Try using in our Greek Yogurt Mac ‘n Cheese recipe or as a sour cream substitute on tacos and chili

– Money saving tip: Buy the 32 oz. container. You’ll find ways to use it up!


Specialty Cheese

– Easy to slice up and serve with crackers, nuts or dried fruit (whatever you have on hand) as a quick and classy appetizer for guests

– Pair with wine or craft beer for a fancy night in

– Lots of local and imported varieties found in our deli cheese island


Peanut Butter

– Shelf stable and affordable source of protein and heart healthy fats

– Delicious paired with fruit, especially sliced apples and pears

– Peanut butter + chocolate = heaven. Especially in these Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies


Canned Tuna

– Shelf stable and affordable source of lean protein and heart healthy fats

– Perfect for quick meals, like tuna melts and mac ‘n cheese

– Great for a protein-packed snack – just pair with whole grain crackers and veggies

 Tip: choose canned tuna in water verses oil. Drain and rinse your canned tuna to get rid of extra sodium and add olive oil to your liking.


Rolled Oats

– Affordable, versatile and packed with nutrition.

– Use to make overnight oatstrail mixmuffinssmoothies and even cookies.

– Fun Fact: make oat flour by putting rolled oats in a blender or food processor and process until oats reach a fine, powdery consistency. You’ll generally end up with about 3/4 of the volume of oats you started with. Store oat flour in a cool, dry place for up to three months or freeze for up to six months.



– Fresh or frozen (all forms matter!), they’re delicious on their own, or in smoothie bowlssaladsmuffinsdrinks  – you name it

– Check out these seven fun ways to eat blueberries!


Balsamic Reduction

– A little sweet. A little tangy. A whole lot of flavor

– Try drizzling on roasted vegetablesstuffed sweet potatoescaprese salad and more!

– A little drizzle goes a long way in terms of flavor and presentation

– Find in the deli cheese island and near the cooking vinegars in the grocery aisle


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Emily’s Staples


– Adds flavor without salt

– High in vitamin C

– Squeeze juice over shrimpsalmonsalad vinaigrettes, tuna sandwiches, kale chips and more!



– Packed with heart healthy, monounsaturated fats

– Adds creaminess to pastasalsa, tacos, smoothiesbowls and more!



– Free from the top eight food allergens

– Especially good in Asian sauces, but may be used as a substitute for peanut butter in many recipes

– Found in our Natural & Organic department


Coconut Aminos

– Gluten free and lower in sodium than most tamari sauces

– Use in saucesstir-frybowls and so much more!

– Found in our Natural & Organic department


Curry Paste

– Full of Thai flavors, like lemongrass, Thai ginger and chili

– Use as a base for soup, stir-fry or with coconut milk for curry

– Found in our ethnic foods aisle


Udi’s Ancient Grain Breads

– Fun flavors like Millet-Chia and Omega Flax & Fiber Breads

– Made with gluten free, ancient whole grains

– Use for sandwiches, toast, or in recipes like Stuffing Bites or French Toast Casserole

– Found in our Natural & Organic department



– Butter that is simmered and strained to remove lactose and milk proteins

– Stronger flavor than butter, so less is usually needed

– Found in our Natural & Organic department


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Brittany’s Staples

Unsalted Chicken Stock

– More flavor and less sodium than traditional chicken broth

– Needed in many recipes and substitutes for white wine in cooking

– Adds flavor to rice and recipes for soupsstews and casseroles!


Shredded Cheese

– Perfect for adding to eggs, tacos, pasta, salads, casseroles and other staple dishes

– Affordable and versatile

– Keep a couple different varieties on hand for various dishes!


Canned Black Beans

– Ready to use and versatile

– Provides quick and convenient plant-based protein source for burrito bowls, egg scrambles, salads or even desserts!

– Packed with fiber



– Potatoes are already chopped or shredded, taking the prep work out of cooking them

– Convenient side dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner

– Great for incorporating into hashes with other pantry staples for quick and customizable meals


Whole Wheat Pasta

– Hearty, filling whole grain for plant-based meals

– Cooks quickly and can be easily combined with veggies, sauces, proteins and/or cheese on hand


Frozen Chicken Breasts

– Affordable and versatile – great to have on hand because many recipes can utilize chicken breast

– Lean protein option

– Perfect for weeknight staples like Quick Curried Chicken with Rice or Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


Hot Sauce

– Fun and flavorful way to add spice to traditional staple dishes like eggs, beans and rice, and chicken


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Staples We All Use:

Milk/Milk Alternative

– Staple ingredient in various recipes

– Nutrient-rich



– Perfect staple for meals, whether as the main course, as an ingredient in meatloaf, or as a protein-rich topping for a seasonal hash


Olive Oil

– Versatile and packed with heart healthy fats

– Base for most recipes involving sautéing, roasting and marinating



– Affordable way to add flavor to a wide variety of dishes without adding salt


Sweet Potato

– Hearty and nutrient-packed vegetable that serves as a great side dish or ingredient in tacos, chili or even as an entrée

– Vitamin-rich substitute for potatoes

– Cooks in minutes in the microwave!


La Croix® Sparkling Water

– Available in a variety of flavors

– Carbonated beverages with no sodium or sugar, making them a better alternative to soda


Birdseye® Steamfresh® products

– Available in a variety of vegetable and whole grain combinations

– No prep work needed

– Provides a veggie and/or whole grain side dish that is ready in just minutes

– Perfect for incorporating into stir-friesburrito bowls and more!


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Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended for general information only. It is not intended as medical advice. Health information changes frequently as research constantly evolves. You should not rely on any information gathered here as a substitute for consultation with medical professionals. Information may not be reproduced without permission from Festival Foods. We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival locations.

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