My pantry was in need of an inventory. It had become filled with multitudes of items and essentials were almost depleted. I counted eleven different pastas, five types of dried beans, three types of grains, and nine types of vinegar. Olive oil, flour, and sugar were almost empty. The next trip to Walmart needed a better list to take along. I searched recipes to use the ingredients, made a list, and had a plan. Yet, while at Walmart, the plan had a slight change. My grocery cart soon included a few extra items to make black rice with butternut squash.
The rice section expanded not too long ago. I noticed a few items that used to be only available in specialty stores. This is a good thing. Well, it also means my rice inventory will start growing too. It grew by one with the addition of a package of black rice. The label featured a recipe with sweet potatoes which inspired me to test one with butternut squash. I picked up a small squash and made sure I had olive oil. If there’s one thing essential for roasting and making dressings, it would be olive oil.
The recipe came together nicely. The colors of orange and black make it perfect for the fall season. The rice has a nutty flavor which is further enhanced with walnuts. There is a sweetness from the squash and a earthiness from roasted red onion. Fresh parsley adds both a freshness and a pop of green. A simple dressing of olive oil, sherry vinegar, and maple syrup ties everything together.
Olive oil is one of my top pantry staples. I use it almost every single day. I won a so-called year’s supply and it was gone in a little over six months. I try all of them. One I have found to be consistently good is Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It has been in my pantry throughout the years. When I was asked if I wanted to review it, the answer was simple: Yes, because I already buy it and would recommend it highly.
Have you inventoried your pantry lately? Did you find any items you need to use soon? Remember to stock up on olive oil because it is so versatile in the kitchen. Try making your own dressings like oil and lemon, it’s simple and will brighten up many salads. You can really save when you stock up your pantry at Walmart.
Disclosure: I received a 24 ounce bottle of Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a retractable measuring spoon, and a $10 WalMart gift card from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest review.
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