Essentials- “Basic or indispensable; necessary”
Whether you like to cook or not, do yourself a favor and make sure your pantry is always full with the following essentials;
The Super Basic “You should not live without it”:
Kosher salt, pepper, olive oil, vegetable oil, tomato paste, and raw cashews.
The Basics “I should be able to do something with one of these”:
The Super Basic plus sugar, all-purpose flour, peanut butter, crushed tomatoes, whole/peeled tomatoes, and pasta.
The Intermediate “My mom would be so proud”:
The Basics plus balsamic vinegar, champagne or apple cider vinegar, paprika, agave, yeast, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, brown and/or white rice and quinoa.
The Fancy Intermediate “I can start having friends over”:
The Intermediate plus chili flakes, cinnamon, dried Italian seasoning, oregano, bay leaves, nutmeg, and coconut oil.
The Advanced “Oh my!”:
The Fancy Intermediate plus beans(pinto/red kidney/garbanzo/ black etc.), lentil, rice noodles, cumin, soy sauce, ancho chili powder, garlic salt, onion powder, and bread crumbs.
The Mini-Chef “I’m ready when you are” :
The Advanced plus *white wine, red wine, sesame oil, peanut oil, **vegetable stock, panko crumbs, curry powder, garam masala, turmeric, dried rosemary, dried thyme, tahini, lentil flour, and coconut cream.
As for fresh ingredients, it is always essential to have onions, garlic, ginger, and fresh herbs! In addition, rice milk, almond milk and/or coconut milk will always come in handy.
* When choosing a wine to cook with, don’t settle on quality. Do NOT cook with what you won’t drink!
** All stocks are obviously better when homemade. If you decide to use store bought ones just make sure they are organic and use them within 4 days after the day of opening.
The more you have from the above essentials the easier it will be for you to create edible dishes at home at any given moment!!