There are a few food items that everyone should have in their cupboards, fridge, and/or freezer. These items depend on your eating habits, but will make cooking a last minute meal a snap. #dontgethangry #beprepared
It’s 8 pm and you have a friend over enjoying some time together after a long week of work. Suddenly, you both realize just how hungry you are. Maybe even hangry. Wouldn’t it be great to head into the kitchen and prepare a quick satisfying meal?
Try these recommendations or use your own easy meal ingredients. The idea is to have something you can pull from your freezer or cupboard to prepare a healthy fuel rich meal. Even if it is a can of soup and crackers.
- Sauce – have a jar of pre-made or ingredients to make homemade. Warm in a pan.
- Hamburger – optional (cook separately, drain, add to sauce)
- Italian seasonings
- Spaghetti noodles. Boil the noodles in water, drain add sauce and seasoning.
- Rice – tons of options.. white, brown, basmati, jasmine… Or Chow mein noodles (often a faster option). Cook per instructions on bag.
- Chicken or tofu for added protein – can even start with slightly frozen as long as you can cut into chunks. Cook or prepare separately.
- Vegetables: peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, onions, zucchini, carrots, garlic – cook in a separate pan, in a little olive oil.
- Asian sauces – teriyaki, sweet chili sauce… Add sauce to cooked veggies, pour over the rice/noodles.
- Eggs – a very versatile form of protein. Fry them up and eat with toast, boil them and eat standalone (or put them on a salad), Fry one and put them on bread with mayo for a sandwich, add some vegetables and make an omelette.
- Loaf of bread
- Cheese (cheddar, colby, or your favorite)
- Butter one side of a slice of bread, put in frying pan. Add a slice of cheese and put a 2nd buttered slice of bread on top. Brown on each side and serve.
Chicken Noodle Soup
- Noodles – Cook noodles per directions on box. Combine noodles, cooked chicken, veggies, and chicken broth in a pot and simmer for 30 mins.
- Chicken – cut into small pieces and cook in separate pan
- Vegetables – Carrots, celery, onions. Chop into small pieces
- Chicken broth, canned (16oz)
- Enjoy with saltine crackers, store in zipped plastic bag after opening for freshness
- Tortilla chips
- Cheddar cheese. Grate the cheese on the top of a plate of chips, evenly distributing the cheese. Heat in microwave for 1 min.
- Refried beans, canned (optional) or black beans. Heat in microwave for 1-2 mins.
- Jalapenos, canned (optional).
- Put refried beans/black beans and jalapenos on top and enjoy!
Great snacks to have on hand
- Popcorn – use olive oil in a pan with a lid to pop unless using microwavable
- Nuts or trail mix
- Tortilla chips and salsa
- Cheese and crackers
- Carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc
- Apples, oranges, bananas, etc
- Peanut butter, jelly and bread (or put it on crackers)
- Canned tuna fish, mayo, (mix together for tuna fish spread on bread or crackers)
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Everyone’s lifestyle is different and an omnivores kitchen will certainly have items that a vegans kitchen won’t contain. Have some basic food items on hand to be able to prepare a few meals without having to shop. Think ahead the next time you are shopping and pickup the canned or frozen foods needed to throw together last minute meals.
Keep a running shopping list on your phone of items needed. Add to it after using an item or if you want to try something new.
For more recipes and healthy eating tips see 3 Insanely Easy Recipes Anyone Can Make.