Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but everything you need to make chocolate chip cookies is on this list (minus butter and eggs).
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A pack of canned tomatoes for their incredible versatility—whether you’re making pasta sauce, chili, soup, or any number of other classics, you’ll want to have some of these on hand.
A bottle of Sriracha to add a little kick to whatever you cook. It’s super flavorful and not too spicy, so your food will totally shine.
A resealable bag of taco seasoning so you can actually tailor your Taco Tuesdays to just how you like them. And you’ll get use out of this for a ton of Taco Tuesdays.
A pack of canned tuna that’s the perfect starter for any number of easy lunches. Have some with crackers, put it in a salad, or make my fave, the (controversial) tuna melt.
A jar of Better Than Bouillon because it’s so much easier to keep on hand than boxes or cans of stock, and the flavor is just unbeatable.
A pasta multipack so you can stock up without worrying about getting bored of always having elbow noodles. The variety keeps even the simplest meals interesting.
A bag of cocoa powder because it’s 2021 and it’s time for everyone to know that making brownies from scratch is The Easiest. Cocoa powder brownies take one bowl and are way more delicious than ones that require melted chocolate.
A box of Minute Rice for those nights when you just need dinner on the table in as little time as humanly possible. This plus a protein (or beans!) and some microwaved frozen vegetables has been a personal mainstay on many a struggle night.
A bottle of honey because we all need a little sweetness :) But for real, you can sweeten just about anything with honey, you can bake with it, add it to your coffee, and even put a squeeze in a marinade for extra flavor and browning.
A (huge) bottle of olive oil that you’ll use in everything—marinades, salad dressings, even the occasional shallow fry. Pro tip: reuse a smaller oil bottle and fill it up from this one to save some counter space.
A pack of chocolate chips for baking, melting, or just stealing a sneaky few as a snack. I won’t tell.
A pack of chickpeas so versatile you’ll never run out of uses for them. Hummus? Sure. Roasted as a snack? Absolutely. You can mash them to make a plant based substitute for tuna fish, and even use the water to make meringues!
A bag of quinoa that may seem ~fancy~ but is actually just as easy to cook as rice, but with more flavor, texture, and nutrients. It’ll never replace rice, of course, but it’s great to have on hand when you’re looking for a change of pace.
A bottle of balsamic vinegar because it’ll help make your food feel like a ~meal.~ Mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil can be lackluster on their own, but add a drizzle of balsamic and you’ve got a Certified Fancy Salad.
A bottle of garlic powder that you can sprinkle on just about anything — I think you could make a shoe taste good with just garlic powder, butter, and a little salt.
A bag of dry black beans because their flavor and texture blows the canned stuff out of the water. Once you make your own beans, you won’t go back.
A pack of light brown sugar that’s an absolute necessity for baking. You just can’t get that classic taste and moisture with regular white sugar.
A pack of low sodium soy sauce so you can better control the amount of salt you’re adding to a dish. Nothing is worse than taking that first bite of a delicious stir-fry and discovering you way overdid it on the salt factor.
A pack of chickpea pasta that’s just as easy to prepare as the regular stuff, but packs more protein and is gluten-free! It’s a win-win.
A box of Bisquick for pancakes on a Saturday morning, biscuits on a Tuesday evening, and sausage balls for breakfast everyday.
A pack of coconut milk that you might only think of for smoothies or desserts, but I highly recommend having on hand for curries—they’re super easy to put together, taste great, and will use up whatever odds and ends you have in your fridge. Plus did I mention they taste great?
A pack of Jiffy cornbread mix to make the perfect side dish in a snap. There are few greater pleasures in life than a hot piece of cornbread with cold butter, and you deserve to have that experience.
A pack of granulated sugar because it is simply a pantry staple. Your kitchen would be incomplete without it!
A bag of granola that’s the perfect thing to have on hand for breakfast and snack. Throw some in yogurt with fruit, or just throw back a handful — both ways are delicious and easy.
A canister of oats because if you think you don’t like oatmeal, it’s probably because you’ve never made it yourself. When you can add fruit, nuts, and sweeteners to your taste, it totally changes the game.
A bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce perfect for adding some summertime flavor to an otherwise lackluster burger or chicken breast.
A jar of salsa for way more than just dipping chips—you can slow cook chicken in it for killer tacos, or add it to any number of other recipes for tons of flavor and no effort.
A pack of all purpose flour for way more than just baking. Do you want to fry? Make homemade mac ‘n’ cheese? You need flour.
A pack of vanilla extract that might seem superfluous but is an absolute must have. Without vanilla, all your baking will be missing that special something.
A pack of baking powder to add lift and body to anything you bake. Plus, you can coat chicken wings in baking powder and bake them for a crunch that rivals the fried kind.
A bulk bag of baking soda because yes you do need both baking powder and baking soda, I promise. And this one is so huge, you can scoop some out to use for deodorizing your fridge or scrubbing off stuck-on stains on cookware.
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