Image from the internetI adore the grocery store.
I am my father's daughter and should not be allowed in any food store without either supervision or a list. Case in point, last week I went to my favorite Asian market and walked out with 4 pounds of broccoli raab. Four pounds! I have no idea what I was thinking. I didn't buy much else (no list) - so for the week we had a lot of greens, and well, not much else unless it was in the pantry.
Now most (normal) people would freak out and probably go out to dinner, but we have managed to have 4 separate dinner dishes which included the raab. I was able to do this because I keep a really well stocked pantry. It is a bit of an obsession, condiments and pantry items.
This obsession didn't happen over night, it would have been far too expensive and overwhelming if it had. But over time, though trial and error, I have come up with my go-to list of pantry items.
These are the basic items I nearly always have on hand. Take a look, do you have the same things? What do you think I am missing? What is your go-to list? I am so curious to know if I am the only one with this obsession!
red wine vinegar
chicken stock (If I don't have homemade or just need a little, I swear by Better Then Bullion, organic chicken flavor)
smoked sweet paprika
canned beans and/or tomatoes
With these condiments I can whip up a pizza dough to stuff with raab, parmesan, and caramelized onions; raab and cheese pasta; a quick soup; or greens sauteed in anchovy paste and chili flakes with a side of baked eggs. I could have also made a raab fritatta. I hadn't thought of that.
I believe that investing in condiments and a stocked pantry will save you money overtime. Knowing you have ingredients on hand makes planning and cooking quick dinner easier. It also makes the grocery list shorter! Just hit the fresh foods on the perimeter of a store!
The next post will have my list of Asian food pantry basics. I will also talk about what I keep in my freezer. Eventually, I will also talk about how to do weekly meal planning to utilize my pantry and make weekday dinners fast.
PS. Need more broccoli raab recipes? Check out this blog.