I’ve been living on my own for going on 6 years now and I had a hard time in college learning that Hot Pockets and Kraft mac-and-cheese were not essential items to live off of long term. Through trial and error, I have pretty much sealed up a consistent grocery list that specifically has 5 items on the list each time. Each one is a go-to item for me in a pinch for a quick breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Here are my must have items in my fridge/pantry at all times:
- Eggs: I’ve always loved eggs and also grew up in a household that had the occasional breakfast for dinner. My mom stressed the importance of protein at the beginning of the day so I ate eggs a lot. But I appreciate that now because I’ve learned to do so many things with eggs for all three meals. I usually have eggs for breakfast and you also never know when you’ll need to whip up an emergency batch of cookies. They’re great to always have on hand!
- Black beans: I can count on one hand how many meals I usually make for dinner during the week. And three of those meals involve black beans. I love Mexican food and making skinny versions of my fave meals. Black beans are so easy to make, are tasty, and enjoyed by Kelly as well, so that’s a win. I usually serve them with rice, zucchini, or just plain with a baked chicken breast, which brings me to my next staple…
- Chicken breast: I ate chicken every day. Every. Single. Day. In the rare instance we run out of chicken in the fridge, I either go get more or revert to a boring can of soup, which probably has chicken in it. Most of my favorite recipes have chicken in it and it’s great to whip up for a protein packed meal with low calories. I either bake it in the oven or sear it on the stove top while my vegetables are cooking. Love, love, love chicken!
- Peanut butter: I feel like peanut butter is a staple in every home in America. Who doesn’t like a peanut butter sandwich? It’s an easy item to store and revert to when you have nothing for lunch. Whip up a peanut butter sandwich and a handful of fruit and you’re good to go. Plus, my dog won’t take his heart worm pill unless it’s coated in PB.
- Frozen fruit and veggies: Don’t get this confused with me not eating any fresh fruit and veggies. I love to slice and dice fresh vegetables and cook them in a pan, but in the instance that my fresh produce goes bad, I always have a frozen alternative on hand to avoid the excuse that I didn’t have any other option. I love freezing fresh fruit as well for a good smoothie in the morning.
Those are my 5 must haves for my fridge. What are you staples that you can’t live without having on hand and in your fridge??