If there’s something that 2020 has taught us it’s that cooking is a great way to release anxiety. It’s one of those rewarding moments  that bring joy into our lives and still remains “the thing to do during quarantine”, along with gardening, tiktoking and of course, facetiming or zooming with friends and family. And that pantry recipes are here to stay. 

As we all rushed and tried to master popular quarantine cooking trends (we’re looking at  you, sourdough bread baking lovers) , many times this resulted in disappointment as these recipes required fresh produce or ingredients that were just not available at the supermarket during this new norm.

Which then taught us an invaluable follow up lesson: Keep your pantry stocked! The inspiration you will get to try new recipes when you see the pantry staples there without the need to go ingredient shopping will surprise you. No mask required.

And trust us, you’ll want to have plenty of your go-to’s at hand, including  heart healthy Mazola® Corn Oil. 

After you stock your pantry, here are some recipes that you can easily make and look like a pro!. 

Our favorite pantry recipes are:

Mantecadas de Naranja 

Mantecadas are a staple in northern Spain and were embraced by a big part of Latin America. Rely on your good old pantry friends -flour, sugar, baking powder- for these soft and delicious sweet mini cakes. The secret ingredient to make them more tender? Use heart healthy Mazola® Corn Oil instead of butter. It may help reduce your cholesterol the easy way by replacing butter, margarine or other higher saturated fat oils with Mazola® cooking oil.*

Guava Cake 

What to make for a birthday vía Zoom Party? Try Guava cake. Besides guava paste, which can be found in Latin Markets, this recipe only needs what you already have in your pantry, from flour to Mazola® Corn Oil. 

Did you know Mazola® Corn Oil may help lower cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil**

Hibiscus Red Cupcakes 

Another easy and pantry-friendly recipe to satisfy your baked goods cravings are these delicious cupcakes, flavored with cocoa powder and tea which can also amaze your friends in social distancing events. Yes, you only need tea to bring up the deliciousness of these sweet treats. 

A tip to take them to another level and help with everyday healthy habits? Incorporate nuts into the recipe. According to a Harvard Medical School publication, eating nuts  4 times a week helps to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

There you go! You are all set to keep mastering your cooking skills with easy to find products.

 

This article is brought to you by Mazola® 

 

*To achieve cholesterol reduction, one serving of Mazola® Corn Oil must be part of a healthy diet and replace a similar amount of butter or other higher saturated fat oil. Very limited and preliminary scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1 tbsp (16 grams) of corn oil daily may reduce the risk of heart disease due to the unsaturated fat content in corn oil. FDA concludes there is little scientific data supporting this claim. To achieve this possible benefit, corn oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day. See product pages for more information about corn, canola, vegetable plus, corn plus, and olive 

 

** Maki KC, Lawless Al, Kelley KM, Kaden VN, Dicklin MR. Benefits of corn oil compared to extra virgin olive oil consumption on the plasma lipid profile in men and women with elevated cholesterol: results from a controlled feeding trial. J. Clin. Lipidol. January/February 2015 issue. Study sponsored in part by ACH Food Companies, Inc. For more information visit Mazola.com. ©2018 ACH Food Companies, Inc.

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