The Internet and our grandmothers' recipe boxes are stuffed with quick-fix recipes that go something like this: "Pour a can of cream of mushroom soup over chicken breasts. Bake one hour."
For most of my childhood, that style of dish was one of my favorite things to make. I felt like a real cook, preparing dinner all by myself, yet doing it so quickly and simply. As I get older, I crave the simplicity of those recipes, but without the preservatives and tinny, canned flavor. Here are eight convenience ingredients I stock up on because they help me create wholesome yet easy meals.