there is truly nothing worse than coming home from a full workday to begin making dinner only to find you’re out of YOUR ingredient. that one thing (or three) you use for every single meal. you have no other cards in your hand, except to call take-out. because in those moments going to the grocery store is clearly not an option. don’t accept defeat. tell your family “I didn’t want to cook tonight anyway”. (that could just be me). regardless, I have 5 items I refuse to run out of. let me share (in no particular order of importance).
5 pantry items to keep in stock.
• garlic | I used to use garlic in dinner recipes often. it has recently increased to frequently, or almost always. the husband + I occasionally get the blue apron fresh delivery meals. in nearly all of their recipes, they call for garlic. so I guess I just kind of got used to using it a lot. and now I use it always! you will find a
not literal garden of garlic cloves in my pantry. (side note: if you’re interested in trying out blue apron meals, please let me know. I believe I have a few free meals I can pass along).
• lemons | each morning I have a glass of lemon water, extra large + cold. it wakes me up. each night I have a glass (or 3) of soda water, with fresh lemon or lime. so it’s essential I have lemons on hand. wouldn’t want to start or end my day on a bad note. (just in case being lemon-less would throw my entire day).
• olive oil | I never have butter in my house. so any recipe that calls for butter, I find a substitute. which is regularly olive oil. I, also, start almost every meal with a dash of olive oil. I can’t be the only one. filippo berio is new to my kitchen + I think it’ll remain on repeat. I really like their olive oil + their website, plus it’s at an “I’d spend that on olive oil” price. (I received this product complimentary for testing purposes via influenster, but the opinions are all my own).
• chili pepper flakes | a little kick should be added to just about everything. so I buy chili pepper flakes in bulk, really. I stumbled upon + fell in love with the chipotle crushed pepper flakes. I will not go back to regular. ever.
• onion | no recipe is complete. we put onion in our morning eggs, my afternoon salads (you’re welcome coworkers), and all evening meals. if only onions were considered a “super food,” and if you ate enough of you’d be healthy forever. chocolate + wine too?
what is always in your pantry?