Pantry & Freezer Basics
This is a list of staples I like to keep on hand so that I have the building blocks for easy meals. If I have all, or most of these item, there are a number of different meals I can pull together quickly.
Garlic – I love using fresh garlic cloves. Make sure you have a good garlic press too.
Onions – essential
Tomato sauce and paste
Rice, white and brown
Spaghetti and other pasta shapes
Baking and Cooking:
Oils – vegetable and olive
Vinegar – at least white, but cider, and wine vinegars are also nice
Quick cooking oatmeal
Crushed red pepper flakes
Mustard – brown, yellow and Dijon
Lemon and Lime juice – not really condiments, but they’re handy to have
Boneless chicken breasts and/or tenders
Cooked chicken and cooked ground beef