Let’s face it, we could all use a little help in the kitchen now and then.
Which is why I thought I would share some of the ingredients I keep on hand to simplify my cooking, and my life. 🙂
I always, always, always have a package of Aidells sausages in my fridge or freezer. They make a quick and flavorful dinner in a pinch and more importantly they make the perfect snack to nosh on when surprise visitors stop by to catch up!
Because these little guys are pre-cooked, they heat up super fast on the grill or in the oven and man are they delicious! Check out more about how I serve them here!
If you’ve been in my kitchen, you’ve seen my green onions. I always have some of these guys chillin in a glass of water.
Green onions are super cheap, especially because they “regrow” themselves in water. As long as you only use the green part and keep the white bulbs in water you can use the same bunch three or four times.
Plus, in water you don’t really have to worry about them going bad (just change the water every few days and make sure they don’t get too long) so you can buy them on Monday, even if you won’t need them until Friday.
I use them to garnish just about everything, they add great fresh flavor and beautiful color without a lot of work.
Whether you choose to make your own (using this super simple “recipe”) or you buy the packets, always make sure you have taco seasoning on hand in the kitchen.
I use it, of course, for flavoring chicken and beef for tacos but it is also delicious sprinkled in quesadillas, added to chili and even stirred into sour cream as a quick dip!
This one is kind of a no brainier. Chicken broth or stock should be a staple in your pantry or freezer no matter how often you cook.
It’s cheap, never (practically) expires and is a super simple way to add flavor.
Pretty much no matter what, if a savory recipe calls for water I ask myself if stock would be better.
90% of the time the answer is yes.
It’s the perfect way to flavor rice and pasta without any effort and it’s a nessecity in crock pot cooking.
Whenever I open a can or box of stock and don’t use it all I freeze the leftovers in a ice tray for an easy addition to sauces.
As you have probably noticed, a lot of my recipes include a tablespoon or so of pesto.
Basil is one of my favorite herbs but when I buy it fresh I often throw more away than I use because it can be so fragile.
I love pesto. It’s easy to keep it the fridge, stays good for a long time and packs a lot of flavor punch!
I add a spoonful (or two) to all of my pasta sauces and it makes a quick sauce taste as though it’s been cooking all day.
Much like taco seasoning, keeping a bbq rub on hand is a great way to quickly add flavor to just about anything you cook. My favorite uses (besides on meat) are to sprinkle on roasted veggies and add to scrambled eggs- so much flavor, so little effort!
Plus, it only takes about 3 minutes to make a huge batch that will last for months…unless you use it as often as I do! 😉
A new discovery in my kitchen is roasted red peppers.
They have so much flavor and add depth to just about any recipe. I chop them up and add them to rice, sauces, sandwiches- everything tastes better with a little roasted red pepper!
Now get up and run to the grocery store to grab these little treasures… or just add them to your grocery list and get them when its convenient.
Just make sure you get them!
I would love to hear about your “secret ingredients” for simpler cooking, tell me all about them below!