If you were to ask me for one of my top kitchen/cooking tips, I would respond with “a well stocked kitchen” with no hesitation.
A few items that I always keep on hand:
chicken thighs (freezer)
pasta (gluten-free typically)
When you have staples around the house you can pull together dinner so much easier on nights that are crazy busy.
This dinner is a prime example of adding a few “fresh” ingredients to several pantry ingredients to make a dinner that’s not only delicious but nutritious.
Quinoa is “fancied” up with toasted almonds and parsley for a pop of color and freshness. I used quinoa – but you could use couscous, rice, or any other grain that you have on hand.
For the apricot-rosemary chicken thighs, chicken thighs are grilled (indoors) and then brushed with a glaze made out of apricot preserves (you could use orange or peach! – whatever you have), white wine vinegar and fresh rosemary.
This meal is ready in under 30 minutes and I didn’t have to make a special trip to the grocery store. I think pork or any cut of chicken would work beautifully – just alter the cooking time.
Weeknight dinners shouldn’t cause extra stress.
Weeknight dinners should give you the time to decompress after a long day and enjoy being at home.
So go stock your pantry!
Here’s a couple of check lists on pantry essentials:
from Food Network
from Iowa Girl Eats