We’ve all been there. You’re walking down the aisles at the grocery store, with no idea what to pick up. It’s not that you don’t know what to get, it’s that you don’t know what to make. Here are a few of the items I always have in my house, with links to a few of my favorite recipes to cook with them.
What foods do you always keep around? Let us know in the comments.
While pesto is not one of the cheapest things in the grocery store, it makes up what it lacks for in cost through convenience and flavor. I can’t tell you how many times I made my roommates jealous with just some elbow noodles and pesto sauce (add shredded mozzarella on top to get fancy). I usually buy the Buitoni brand, but Wal-Mart has a store-brand pesto that is a bit cheaper. Try it with our recipe for creamy pesto pasta with chicken.
It’s always a good idea to have some fresh food sitting around. If you’re the person who eats pre-packaged meals all the time, try mixing it up – it will help you feel well, eat healthy and work harder. By keeping some of the basics listed above around, you can make a lot of different meals. The lettuce and spinach are great for salads, but spinach also works well in eggs and other recipes. Onions are awesome for just about anything that you are frying up, from stir-fry to tilapia. I keep the tomatoes around for omelets and salads, but I’ve been known to cut them in half and add them to a bagel. Last but not least, the carrots. Put some ranch on your plate and get dipping – afternoon snacks can be just as healthy and easy as that.
Frozen Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless)
Of all the things I could advise you to keep around, this is by far the most important. You don’t have to worry about this going bad in your freezer, and you don’t even need to worry about what to make with it. Every single chicken recipe I’ve ever posted has used Wal-Mart’s Great Value chicken and they’ve all turned out great. Simply toss as much as you want into the microwave and hit the defrost button. Give some of our recipes a try, or give it a try and see what happens. You can’t really mess it up (alright, maybe some of you can– but that’s why you have us).
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