There is nothing wrong with going to the grocery store and getting the same food every time. In fact, I encourage it. When you shop this way, you can figure out which items on your list are worth buying and which ones are just a waste of your money. It’s also a great way to practice making a variety of your go-to meals. In college, we all know that you tend to fall back on the same meals frequently. While College Fed can help you add some more variety in your life, it’s important to have some back pocket ideas for when you’re in a pinch.
Here is a continuation of our Pantry Essentials list. Three foods that are always stocked in my kitchen for my own back pocket meals!
I bet I use garlic in at least half the things I cook. Garlic can spice up many of the bland meals you used to make when you first started cooking. Just don’t forget to brush your teeth after! While chopping your own garlic is not incredibly hard, it’s harder than squeezing a bottle directly into a pan is. I’ll pay for the convenience. You don’t have to worry about keeping garlic in the house if you can keep this bottle around. It will last you a long time and please your taste buds. Give it a try with our recipe for garlic spaghetti.
Chips and Salsa
While I cannot give this quick snack a bump for being healthy, sometimes you simply crave a tasty snack. Especially when you’re trying out some of our microwave nachos! I buy the large great value bag of nacho chips and pair it with whichever jar of salsa looks the most appealing in the aisle. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, pick up sour cream, packaged guacamole and some queso!
If you’re trying to eat healthy, I don’t see why you wouldn’t have this in the house. Bagged lettuce is great because you could literally drop some into a bowl, add some dressing and have a meal. The one down side is that bagged lettuce is only good for about a week or so after you buy it. To solve this, my roommates convinced me to buy the leafy heads of lettuce in a bag (see picture). It takes a little more effort to take out the chopping board and cut the lettuce down, but I’ll take that over having to throw out a bag I didn’t have a chance to eat. Plus, this way, you can make lettuce wraps!
What do you keep in the kitchen to cook with? Let us know below!