Keeping these versatile ingredients handy is a great idea any time of the year but especially in the heat of the summer. We suggest putting these on your grocery list if they aren’t already there!
CANNED BEANS — These powerhouses of plant protein, fiber and numerous other nutrients are a wonderful base for salads, veggie burgers, chili, stews, tacos and so much more for us!
SAUCES, MARINADES AND CONDIMENTS — Marinara sauce, salsa, mayo, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, meat marinades and dressings are all fantastic ways to elevate salads, grilled meat, vegetables, pizzas and pulled chicken or pork.
COLD CUTS — Salami, prosciutto and salami are fantastic toppings for salads, flatbreads and pizzas, and you can’t miss with some sliced turkey, ham and chicken for lunches and cool, casual dinners.
HARD CHEESES — Blocks of Parmesan and cheddar keep much longer in the fridge than anything shredded so you won’t have to keep running out for more! Use for grilled-cheese sandwiches, Philly-style cheesesteaks or on a charcuterie platter for your next wine night.
FROZEN VEGETABLES — Steam, heat, stir-fry and sauté these to your heart’s content for nutritious main and side dishes. Broccoli, corn, spinach, cauliflower, peas, carrots, green beans, peppers and mixed bags always should have a place in your freezer.
FROZEN SHRIMP — This light and tasty shellfish is uniquely delish both cold and hot, the perfect protein to have in your pocket for whichever mood strikes. Grilled, baked or chilled, this fish will lend a summery vibe to your family meals.
CANNED SOUP/VEGETABLE BROTH/CHICKEN BROTH — You probably think these are the last things that belong on this list, but these are a great shortcut to such meals as beef stroganoff, casseroles, meatballs and hamburger hot dishes.