In addition to the usual oils, vinegars and spices, these are the ten staples that Julia Turshen keeps on hand to whip up healthful meals in a flash.
Spread on fruit for the fastest snack, or whisk with equal parts tahini and hot water to drizzle over roasted squash.
2. Almond flour
Use as an alternative to flour to coat chicken or fish fillets.
Try: Chocolate, Cinnamon and Almond Loaf Cake
3. Canned fish
Mash with mayonnaise and capers to make a quick pâté that’s great on sliced cucumbers.
4. Cherry pepper spread
Serve with brothy soups or whisk together with yogurt and serve with fried eggs.
5. Dijon mustard
Whisk into vinaigrettes and use to season chicken breasts, pork tenderloins or fish steaks.
Try: Skillet Pork Tenderloin with Mustard and Smoked Paprika
6. Fish sauce
Drizzle on browned ground turkey to make Asian-inflected lettuce wraps. Use in dressings and stir-fries.
Try: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Peanuts and Fish Sauce
Add to scrambled eggs or tacos. The brine makes a great cucumber salad dressing.
8. Preserved lemons
Use whole in the cavity of a chicken before roasting. Chop and mix with herbs and olive oil as a relish for grilled meats. Puree with yogurt for a vegetable dip.
9. San Marzano tomatoes
Make quick tomato sauce with garlic and olive oil. Use to poach eggs or meatballs.
Whisk with lemon juice and hot water to make a rich dressing that’s wonderful on everything, especially roasted vegetables.