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21 Kitchen Staples You Can't Cook Without

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Why is that you can never find the one ingredient or food you need to complete your recipe? Argh! Spare yourself the last-minute run to the store. We've assembled a list of staples—spices, sauces, and miscellaneous must-haves—for your pantry and fridge. Stock up and you'll always be prepared to whip up quick and healthy meals.

  • Natural peanut butter
  • Reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Low-sodium soy sauce
  • Salsa
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Honey
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Dried spices—garlic, thyme, rosemary, basil, lemon, salt and pepper
  • Chicken stock
  • Brown rice
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Marinara sauce
  • Pickles
  • Canned black beans
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Hummus
  • Low-fat dressing
  • Blackened seasoning

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Tags: Cooking, Food