My Top 5 Kitchen Staples

Yesterday I thought I had a fun idea to share my top 5 convenience foods that we keep around like the frozen turkey meatballs from Trader Joe’s. Ever had them? They’re pretty tasty, only 100 cals for 2 meatballs, and were only $2.99 for about 6 servings. It’s nice to have that kind of stuff around the house for an easy protein to throw into a salad or on a sandwich. Unfortunately for my list, I realized that it really stopped there, probably because I do have the time to make extras for leftovers! It’s true, I’d rather have my own homemade turkey meatballs or veggie burgers in the freezer πŸ™‚

Rather than sharing my favorite convenience foods, I thought I’d share the top 5 staples in my kitchen. Not a week goes by that these things aren’t purchased and often not a day goes by that I don’t use them!

  1. Eggs
    Eggs
    Between Nathan and I, we go through about 3 dozen eggs per week. Not ridiculous at all, right? Sometimes it’s less, but I guess this could also go under convenience. Don’t have another protein for your meal? Throw an egg on it! Or if you’re like me, throw an egg on your other protein anyway πŸ˜‰
  2. Peanut Flour
    Protein Plus Peanut Flour
    Protein Plus is my favorite brand of peanut flour and I honestly use it all the time [when I’m not using nut butters]. I mix it with a little water and stevia to make a dip for apples, drizzle on pancakes, and lately drizzle on popcorn too! Yesterday I made a ridiculously tasty peanut butter protein pizza for breakfast and added extra on top! You can get it from iHerb.com and if you use the code ZAF482 at checkout, you can get up to $10 off of your order.
  3. Leafy Greens
    Spinach Salad Cauliflower Crust PizzaThese days the leaf of choice is spinach. I go through my phases where all I want is kale but since I’m not in that phase right now and Nathan actually eats spinach, we stock up. Two big containers a week? No problem!
  4. Chicken
    Beer Citrus Glazed Chicken How Sweet It Is

    Beer Glazed Citrus Chicken – How Sweet It Is

    Baked Pesto Chicken Parmesan Iowa Girl Eats

    Baked Pesto Chicken Parmesan – Iowa Girl Eats

    Half Baked Harvest Jerk Chicken Fried Plantains Coconut Quinoa Macadamia Nuts

    Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Fried Plantain and Coconut Fried Quinoa with Macadamia Nuts – Half Baked Harvest

    Roast Chicken

    Nathan’s famous roast chicken

    You can always count on at least 2-3 chicken dinners per week at home. It’s one of the cheapest [meat] protein options out there and it’s so versatile. I’ve been having fun experimenting with all of the different recipes to change it up lately since Nathan is the chicken king. Boy could eat chicken all day, everyday!

  5. Hot Sauce
    Sriracha
    You realized that when I said hot sauce, I really meant Sriracha, right? I was never a big hot saucer growing up, other than Tiger Sauce, but within the past year, I’ve really grown to love Sriracha and it is often on the table with dinner [and lunch]. Nathan is also a Crystal man for his breakfasts so those are the 2 staples, but he likes to try all different kinds of hot sauces, just like I like to try all kinds of nut butters. To each his own πŸ˜‰
  6. BONUS! Crate & Barrel Glass Nesting Bowl Set
    Crate Barrel Glass Nesting Bowl Set
    Ok, so it’s not a super exciting bonus, but I LOVEEEEE these bowls! I got them as an engagement gift and I use at least 2 of the bowls per day. I think yesterday I used 4 or 5 haha. I also use one of the bigger bowls for my monster salads.

There are definitely other things that I use on a daily basis, but if you spend any time at home with me, you’re pretty much guaranteed to see these things pop up.

Food for Thought

What are your top kitchen staples?
Do you stock up on convenience foods too?

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14 thoughts on “My Top 5 Kitchen Staples

  1. eggs are totally mine too! I always have eggs or egg beaters in my fridge. just so versatile and nothing beats a hard boiled egg for a snack. (or two or three…) another staple I always have is salsa!

  2. my mom always has frozen chicken on hand. now that i’ve moved out i’m trying to semi follow that by just always having a frozen protein. i will have to try those tj’s meatballs! i have some yummy pasta sauces to use and some barley too. maybe i could do a dish with tj’s meatballs and barley instead of noodles to give it a little twist!

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