your mom probably had a few things that she made every week. Whether it was spaghetti and red sauce from a can, or one of my childhood favorites was chicken and rice (because it was basically eating butter. We would always smother our rice in butter), these staples are the weeknight menu workhorses.
Having a couple bangers up your sleeve that you learn to cook really well can serve so many purposes. In addition to a weeknight workhorse, you can serve these staples to guests, make it for a support meal to someone in need, or a good ol' family meal.
Not only mastering the flavors and your adjustments in a recipe (for example using more garlic here, and some extra sun-dried tomatoes there), you will become quicker at preparing these meals. Often, you wont even need to reference the recipe, create a shopping list, or clearly understand each stage. It will all come naturally.
Here is a list of my top staples that I turn to time and time again.
- Spaghetti Carbonara
- Ribeye Steak
- Rice (killer rice serves as a great base for many proteins and veggies)
- Potatoes (Again, a starch for your proteins and veggies)
- Fibrous veggies like Asparagus, Broccolini (Throw these, potatoes, and steak together... fuggedaboudit)
- A Basic Burrito Template
- Breakfast Burritos
These are all super easy, and I have made them multiple times for guests to their enjoyment. These are just my staples, and I encourage you to find your favorite meals and cook them often until you don't need a recipe. It's a great feeling.