Essentials and Favorites

8 ingredients to make an entire meal? Yes, it’s true and can happen. There are a few items that we do not include in that number because they are so versatile that you should always have them.

We also included some of our favorite spices and seasonings at the bottom guaranteed to spice up your life and any meal you use them in.

Essentials

Olive oil– Trader Joe’s California Estates Olive Oil is inexpensive and relatively mild which is great to line any pan with.

Balsamic vinegar–Any bottle or brand will do, we find that unlike olive oil, most vinegars are indistinguishable in taste.

Chili flakes-McCormick brand is fine and you can find it at any grocery store

Hot sauce-Crystal Louisiana Hot Sauce and Sambal

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  Salt and pepper-duh

Seasoning mix–Any dried Italian herb mixture that sounds good. You can put it on anything from chicken to pizza.

Unsalted butter–It’s better to add your own salt for cooking, salted butter is good for spreading on bread.

Favorites

Since we love food, we accumulate items that are less common for every college student, but are equally as great to have on hand.

Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar from Trader Joe’s — it’s easy, cheap and full of flavor.51271-orange-muscat450Almonds–A perfect snack and they add a nice crunch to salads

Chia seeds–Great source of fiber and antioxidants, perfect for adding to your yogurt or any smoothie.

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Sliced bread–Our favorite is Dave’s Killer Bread

Parmesan cheese–Trader Joe’s grated parmesan is something you can use on almost everything.

Oreos–“Because a household is not household without Oreos” -Sydney Pincus

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