You live off-campus. You’re hungry. You want to cook a meal for yourself but you are too exhausted to put in the effort. Instead, you call in delivery from some mediocre but fast restaurant and eat your food with flimsy plastic silverware. Sound familiar?
Cooking can be difficult and time-consuming but the benefits of enjoying a home-cooked meal far outweigh the costs of making it. One simple and easy way to start cooking for yourself more is to have the right ingredients on hand so that making a recipe doesn’t require a trip to the grocery store. Here are the basics that every home cook should have in his or her pantry and refrigerator:
Red chili flakes
Couscous or quinoa
Canned diced tomatoes
Extra virgin olive oil (buy high quality)
White wine vinegar
Mustard (consider powdered mustard)
Breads, meats and fish can be bought in bulk and frozen for a very long time.
Pre-frozen vegetables are another great option.
Apples, oranges and bananas are the fruits that keep the longest.