One of the biggest transitions into adulthood is learning how to cook meals for yourself consistently. Cooking saves money and it generally helps you eat healthier. But with the busy lives we lead as women, it’s not always easy to go grocery shopping on a regular basis. That’s why it’s great to have some basic things in your fridge. This is the life hack to being able to create a great meal, even when you are in between grocery store visits, or even in between paychecks. To ensure you have the best stocked kitchen for any cooking occasion, here are 8 things you should always have in your fridge.
Milk, or alternative substitute
Whether you’re into regular 2% or almond milk, some variety of milk is always great to keep in the fridge. It can be used with so many dishes and is your best secret weapon.
Not only is salsa good for snacking, but if you’re low on spices and seasonings, salsa can liven up an ordinarily bland dish. It’s great for eggs, rice or even a meat dish.
They are pretty easy to cook and can be eaten solo or as a side dish. They are also easily malleable to taste, so you can fry them up according to any flavor you have a taste for.
Peanut Butter and Jelly
You may have thought you left this playful dish behind on your mother’s kitchen table with your childhood, but it can truly be a life saver if you’re low on funds. And trying out different ways to spice up the traditional PB&J are fun too (like a dash of cinnamon, or toasting on the skillet).
Veggies are versatile and will keep you on the road to healthy eating. To keep your veggies fresh longer, try sectioning off what you’ll eat soon and freezing the rest for later.
This goes without saying, but cheese will be your best and worst friend. Too much cheese can be a bad thing for your diet, but is always good to have around for sandwiches, toast, and plenty of other easy meals.
Wine is a must-have for any kitchen. Good wine can reimagine any basic dinner, and can save you from a life of boring, bland food.
This is a cheap and simple way to get your day started, or to fill your stomach as a midnight snack.