People often ask me how I can make all the meals that I do on a regular basis. I have two simple rules that help me accomplish that 1) take a little time to plan ahead, 2) keep necessities stocked in my pantry. Honestly, a couple hours on the weekend to plan my menu, do the grocery shopping, and complete some simple prep work makes packing lunch and fixing dinner 100 times easier, trust me!
Here are some things I keep on hand to make meals quick and easy. I know this looks like a lot but I use these things in almost every meal I make. If you run out, put it on the grocery list!
Red Pepper Flakes
Curry Powder (it may take some trial and error but find a favorite)
Greek Seasoning Blend (I like McCormick)
Coarse Sea Salt
Black Peppercorns (get a pepper mill!!)
Chipotle Peppers (stick what you don’t use in a Ziploc bag and freeze)
Tomato Paste (also comes in a tube that you can stash in the fridge)
Marinated Artichoke Hearts
Roasted Red Bell Peppers
Rice wine vinegar
Walnuts or Pecans
Mustard (usually yellow, Dijon, and whole grain)
Sambal Olek (or Siracha)
Your favorite jam, jelly or preserves