Isn’t it great when one simple ingredient can be used in a range of different dishes? At the very least, it can save you time in the supermarket and space in your kitchen. Here’s our list of the most versatile foods you can buy, and how to use them creatively. Make sure these items are on your shopping list.
Greek yogurt is tastier and more versatile than other types of yogurt, and its sharp taste is more satisfying than sour cream or mayonnaise. For a healthy dip, mix a ½ cup of Greek yogurt with parsley and lemon juice; for a wholesome topping, mix it with cilantro and a dash of Tabasco.
Always keep a supply of tortillas on hand because they can turn any food (including leftovers) into a quick meal. Stuff some tacos with your favorite filling and bake with a layer of salsa.
Whole Wheat Pasta
Even more versatile than white pasta, the whole wheat variety is the perfect backdrop for just about any sauce you can come up with. You should try whole wheat pasta and bread crumbs smothered in a sauce of anchovies, garlic and olive oil for a savory appetizer.
It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. You can use a thick slice this hearty loaf for grilled-cheese sandwiches, bruschetta or French toast. In a pinch, a slice of country-style bread smothered in butter will satisfy your hunger.
If you always have Dijon mustard handy, you would include it in more dishes, and realize how well it goes with most everything. Dijon’s tangy taste can cut through the richest dishes with ease, as well as bring out the most of your mile-high corned beef sandwich.
Sweet canned tomatoes are nearly as luscious as fresh ones, and a lot more convenient most of the year. You’ll never be at a loss for great-tasting tomato sauce if you crush some canned tomatoes into a pan with some butter and salt.
These tart berries are a sweet taste of summer all year round, and they taste better than most other frozen fruits. Add a spoonful of sugar to a simmering batch of berries and apply liberally to everything from yogurt and ice cream to milk shakes and smoothies.
Peanut butter is a versatile spread and important ingredient in many Asian dishes. For a novel and creamy marinade, mix ¼ cup of peanut butter 1 tablespoon each of water, honey, soy sauce, vinegar and lemon juice.
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