Happy New Year friends!! I took a longer break than I expected to, and I’m terribly sorry. But I’m getting back into the groove (aka back into the kitchen) and I’ll be writing more regularly from now on. Pinky swear.
For my first post of 2012, I thought it would be great to start off the year by going shopping. A lot of people I talk to say they don’t make interesting meals because they don’t have ingredients for them. That’s stupid. Take an hour out of your week, and go to the store. Stock up on some staples and grab a few fresh ingredients, and you’ll have the supplies to make basically anything. And by staples, I don’t mean neon orange mac ‘n’ cheese, ramen noodles, and frozen dinners. Put those down right now. Okay, keep one for an emergency, but put the other 19 boxes down.
Don’t know where to start? Lost in the grocery store? I can help!
pasta (whatever is on sale)
rice (white and brown)
Bisquick (it’s not just for pancakes)
sugar (white and brown)
Spices & Herbs:
pepper (if you get the kind in a grinder, you’re a champ)
seasoned salt (you can achieve anything with Lawry’s or Pappy’s)
*the dollar store is a great place to get this stuff
Condiments & Such:
hot sauce (Cholula, Tapatio, and Sriracha are my 3 Musketeers)
a leafy green (lettuce, spinach, kale)
fresh herbs (parsley/cilantro)
vegetable of the week (I usually buy something random, like a squash or radishes, in addition to these staples)
bell pepper and onion blend
stir fry blend
chicken picnic pack (a tray of thighs and legs, because it’s cheap)
chicken stock/bouillon (I use Better Than Bouillon brand)
chipotles in adobo (read here to figure out what to do with the rest of the can–I do this with tomato paste too)
low-fat refried beans and refried black beans
And that’s all I gotta say about that. Seriously, this is basically all I ever have and need. I have my staples at all times–the things you rarely need to replace like spices and oils, and on my weekly shopping trips I get my veggies and proteins as I need them. It might seem like a daunting list, but once you get the basics down, you’ll be stocked like a pro and ready to whip up delicious meals. I hope this helps you and gives you kitchen courage, because you’ll need it to get ready for a tasty 2012!
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