Updated: August 19, 2013 2:35PM
Could your pantry use a makeover? Use these six ingredients to infuse recipes with flavor -- healthfully.
1. Sambal Oelek
This blend of freshly ground chilies, salt and vinegar adds a flavorful heat to sauces, stir-fries and marinades. Mix with mayo, nonfat Greek yogurt and lemon juice for a delicious sauce.
2. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Invest in a good bottle of extra-virgin olive oil and reserve it for raw uses: salad dressings, drizzling over cooked fish and pasta, or dipping bread.
3. Whole-Wheat Panko
This style of breadcrumbs creates a crunchy crust that tastes as good as fried foods without all the grease.
4. Rolled Oats
You can’t go wrong with a bowl of this breakfast staple. But you can also turn to this fiber-filled whole grain to make homemade bars and granola.
5. Raw Nuts
Almonds, cashews and pistachios are teeming with fiber, minerals and heart-healthy goodness. Choose raw nuts to avoid added oils, sodium and sugar.
6. Apple-Cider Vinegar
Summer foods like barbecue sauce and coleslaw just wouldn’t be the same without this ingredient. Its subtle sweetness and mild acidity impart big flavor.
Courtesy Dana Angelo White