Stock Up! 15 Pantry Ingredients That Make Weeknight Meals Easy

Katie Workman, author of The Mom 100 Cookbook, creator of themom100.com blog shares her top 15 pantry ingredients (16 Photos)

Katie Workman on Apr 24, 2013 at 12:45AM

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Stock Up! 15 Pantry Ingredients That Make Weeknight Meals Easy

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Katie Workman's 15 Favorite Pantry Ingredients

Whether it's a family dinner on a school night, a quick meal for one or just the need to streamline your grocery shopping, these 15 pantry ingredients will help you get dinner on the table any night of the week.

Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
Yes, these chiles are somewhat spicy, but as with many flavorings, when used judiciously they just add a warm undercurrent of smoky heat to all kinds of dishes: chilis, stews and soups, bean dishes, sauces, potato salads, barbecue sauces, dips…

Chipotles in adobo sauce are smoked jalapeno peppers which have been stewed in a sauce with tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, salt and various spices such as cumin, oregano and paprika. Imagine doing all that yourself! Now imagine pureeing a little 7-ounce can of the peppers and sauce, transferring it to a plastic container, then tucking it into the fridge and scooping out teaspoons whenever you need it. This condiment will last for a couple of months, and you will use it again and again, until it’s all gone, and you do it again. It lasts for weeks upon weeks, and you will fall in love with its smoky, sultry taste.

To summarize: a little bit of puree = nice flavor, not so much heat; a lot of puree = a lot of flavor and heat.

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