Your pantry

The lowdown on the dried food you need in your pantry

Dried goods are delicious mealtime allies and an essential part of a healthy diet. Because they have such a long shelf life, you can buy them in bulk and save big on your grocery bill. Plus, they're quick and easy to prepare and are perfect for simple yet tasty camping meals! Variety is key for a balanced diet, so challenge yourself to try one or two new foods every week: Check out our recipes if you're running low on inspiration and find great savings in our weekly flyer. Legumes and grains and seeds, oh my!

Whole grains for your health

Canada's food guide recommends that a quarter of our diet be made up of whole grains, because their fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals are vital for a healthy body. Luckily, there are tons of whole grains out there, so you don't have to eat the same old thing every day! Vary the grains you put in your salads, stews and meal soups to get all their different health benefits. Some whole grains even have the right consistency to stand in for ground meat!

  • Amaranth
  • Oats
  • Farro
  • Bulgur wheat (cracked and parboiled wheat kernels)
  • Barley bulgur
  • Spelt
  • Freekeh (cracked and roasted green wheat berries)
  • Kamut
  • Millet
  • Whole or pearl barley
  • Quina
  • Brown rice
  • Wild rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Sorghum (great millet)

Nuts and seeds: Protein by the handful

Nuts and seeds can be eaten raw, baked in desserts or soaked to make milk or butter. No matter how they're served, they pack a mean protein punch and can keep you going for hours. They're also high in omega-3 fatty acids and other unsaturated fats, which are essential for brain and heart health. Don't underestimate them: nuts and seeds may be small, but they're worth their weight in gold!

  • Almonds
  • Camelina seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseed
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Pecans
  • Hazelnuts
  • Coconut
  • Pine nuts

Dried fruit: Bite size energy

Dried fruit is chock-full of vitamins and potential! Choose sugar- and sulphate-free varieties whenever possible. Dates tend to be everyone's go-to dried fruit, and while we love swapping them in for sugar in tons of recipes, there's a whole world of dried fruit out there beyond dates:

  • Apricots
  • Goji berries
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Cherries
  • Figs
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwis
  • Mangoes
  • Papaya
  • Raspberries

Get a leg up with legumes

Legumes are an excellent source of protein and fibre and can replace meat for a complete and balanced vegetarian meal. Why buy them dry, you ask? Because they're additive free and super affordable! Browse our vast selection and you just may discover your new favourite bean!

  • Peanuts
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Flageolet beans
  • Fava beans
  • Adzuki beans
  • Lima beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Red lentils
  • French green lentils
  • Lupini beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Yellow split peas

Semolina, pasta and rice: Comfort in a box

Semolina, pasta and rice are used in a wide variety of Mediterranean dishes. And no wonder-they're versatile, easy to prepare and won't break the bank.

  • Couscous (wheat semolina)
  • Couscous (wheat semolina)
  • Pearl couscous (Israeli couscous)
  • Gnocchi
  • Orzo
  • Pearl corn
  • Polenta
  • Arborio rice
  • Jasmine rice
  • Basmati rice
  • Cornmeal