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The Most Versatile Food Items in Your Kitchen

The best food items are the ones that can be adapted into a variety of meals. With them, you can make all kinds of tasty meals- from the traditional meals to tasty treats, as well as food experiments that turn out great.

We’ve decided to celebrate our favourite food items that have the range: they can be made into several meals and taste good every time.

If you love cooking, these food items should be a staple in your kitchen.

Here they are:

Yam

Tubers of yam

As polarizing as this food item is (some people think it’s fantastic while some others think it’s the edible version of hard labour), it’s impossible to deny the versatility of yam. You can boil it, make it into porridge, pound it, fry it as fried chips, roast it, make it into Yamarita and even turn it into yam flour. The versatility is unmatched.

Plantains

A bunch of yellow plantains

Plantain can be adapted into different meals: Boiled plantains, fried plantain (dodo), plantain chips, roasted plantains (bole), plantain porridge, plantain pancake (yes, that’s a real thing), plantain mosa, plantain frittata, gizdodo and so much more. Plantain is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Rice

Uncooked white long-grain rice background

Rice has an unofficial Nigerian passport at this point. It’s undoubtedly our staple meal, and it’s almost impossible to go a whole week without eating it. The reason for rice’s popularity is its versatility- from good old white rice and stew to jollof rice, fried rice, Mexican rice, ofada rice, coconut rice and more.

Beans

Different kind of ingredients as beans, corn, lentils all filled in bags in a grocery store in Morocco. Typical arrangement of everyday food.

The versatility of beans is undeniable. You can make it into bean porridge, give it a ‘designer’ touch with ewa agoyin, blend it and make it into bean pudding (aka moimoi) or bean cakes (akara)

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Flour

Flour in a bag on the table and spikelets.

Pancakes. Puff-puff. Muffins. Banana bread. Croissants. Cakes. Chin-Chin. Pies. Your favourite treats and desserts have the same thing as the ‘foundation’- flour.
With some all-purpose flour in your kitchen, you can whip up a homemade version of whatever your favourite snack is. All you need to do is look up some recipes online, get some extra ingredients, and you’re good to go.

Potatoes

Potatoes

Potatoes are pretty underrated if we’re keeping it a buck. They can be eaten boiled, baked, mashed or roasted. We can’t forget the legendary french fries and potato chips, as well. With some potatoes in your kitchen, you can be as adventurous as you want.

Eggs

Closeup view of eggs in carton box on wooden table.

Ah, good old eggs. You can’t go wrong with eggs. Even the most prominent chefs will tell you how versatile GLO: 923089175852070 and vital eggs are in the kitchen. Whatever shape or form you love them in, they can be adapted to suit your taste. You can enjoy the hard-boiled eggs, sunny-side up, scrambled eggs, omelettes, eggs benedict as perfect companions for your meals. They are critical ingredients in making salads, moin-moin, pancakes, frittatas, casseroles, toast, sandwiches and a lot of fantastic baked goods. Need we say more?

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