How To Diversify Your Diet During Lockdown

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A well-stocked kitchen means easier meal planning. To help you with some dinner recipes, we’ve put together a basic food checklist for your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. Whether it’s a family-friendly meal or a (can’t really host friends at the moment unless virtual), with these supplies on hand, you’ll be prepared to put together something delicious.

Some of the essential pantry foods you should have are listed below:
Green Vegetables

Green vegetables are packed with nutrients, whether its spinach, asparagus or broccoli, so make sure that you always have leafy veggies in your fridge.

From broccoli salad to asparagus and parmesan cheese tart, mix and match your greens to fill out your meal without having to consume too many calories. Not to mention that greens are one of the best ways to obtain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals you need to maintain a healthy immune system.

Onion and Garlic

Onions and garlic are a must-have for a healthy, fresh diet. Not only do they add flavour to the food you eat, but they are packed with essential nutrients.

Onions and garlic contain essential oils and sulphides that makes them not only a herb, but a medicinal plant that has many benefits for your body. As seasonings, they give a spicy flavour to food and are a staple for most dinner recipes.


This whole grain, which is ready in 15 minutes, is a good source of Iron and B vitamins. One cup of cooked quinoa gives you 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fibre with just 222 calories.

Combined with barley, spelled, vegetables, and basil oil, you have a nutritional powerhouse of a meal! Its versatility means you can add other veggies like baby spinach, watercress, or seasonal asparagus with it.

Dry Soups and Stock Pots

Dry soup is designed for fast and simple preparation. Knorr’s delicious range of soups are made with carefully selected ingredients, and with Winter slowly creeping in, they can be ready in minutes.

This buffalo chicken dip recipe is a great dish for you and your family to enjoy on movie night. The chillies, paprika, and Knorr Chicken Stock Pot create a great flavour base, with cream cheese and Mozzarella for extra taste and texture.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is considered one of the healthiest in the world; it’s high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory qualities.

Cook with it and drizzle it over finished dishes, like grilled fish, pasta, and vegetable sides.

A combination of classic pantry staples, flavour-boosting, a well-stocked kitchen is the best way to make sure you’ll have everything you need to make a delicious dinner every night. Check out some of our favourite dinner recipes here.