4 Chef-Approved Ingredients Every Kitchen Needs for Quick, Healthy Meals

by Michelle Guerrere
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Nina Holst for Stylizimo

A grocery list can be intimidating for anyone—whether you're a complete novice or feel at home in the kitchen. What should you make? How do you make it? You need how many ingredients? It takes how long? The questions swirl around in your head until you decide to just order from one of your favourites on Seamless and avoid the situation altogether. But thanks to a new article on Well + Good, there are a few simple ingredients experts always have at the ready to make cooking an effortless and enjoyable experience. It's time to follow their exampleread on to see which items you should add to your grocery list, stat.

Eggs: This protein is great for several reasons—it's inexpensive, stays fresh in the fridge for a while, is super filling and, most importantly, is simple to prepare. From the ultimate egg-in-a-hole sandwich to a veggie-packed omelet, breakfast, lunch and dinner have never tasted so good.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Not only is EVOO a great base for salad dressings and marinades, it's also all you need to coat the pan when cooking just about anything. And if you need any more reason to buy it, cardiologists say this healthy fat is the best oil for you

Fruits and Vegetables: There's nothing easier than throwing together a quick salad as a side dish or roasting some veggies to go with your protein. Fruits work double-duty as a breakfast topping and a dessert—throw freeze-dried strawberries on your oatmeal in the morning and pick on frozen grapes while you catch up on TV. Side note: for those afraid their produce will go bad, pre-frozen options are a good alternative.

Meat: Chicken is the all-star of meat because you can do just about anything with it. Keep bone-in cuts in the fridge or freezer in case you want to whip up a pot of homemade chicken soup. 

Head on over to Well + Good to read more about ingredients you should always keep in your food arsenal, and share your go-tos in the comments below! 

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