Behold the grocery staples that power our editors' kitchens. True love, no #sponcon.

Drinks

Spindrift Grapefruit Sparkling Water

Betcha thought we'd say LaCroix! Nope: Spindrift's fruity sparkler is our pick for the next big thing in seltzer. (Editor-in-Chief Faith Durand still loves her Lime LaCroix. It's OK. You can drink both.)

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Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger Herbal Tea

We spotted this classic Celestial Seasonings tea in Ina Garten's pantry. Let's be straight: Anything Queen Ina drinks is going in our tea stash too.

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Califia Farms Black & White Cold Brew Coffee with Almond Milk

We're obsessed with Califia Farms' delicious iced coffees. This unsweetened option is a summer staple in our fridge. It's strong enough to give you the morning kick you need.

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kidsWATER Naturally Flavored Water

Associate Food Editor Meghan Splawn has been picking up these unsweetened drink boxes for her kids. "They are dye-free and have no sugar added, but they still feel like a juice box." Two kid-sized thumbs up!

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Aldi Specially Selected German Roasted Ground Coffee

Lifestyle Editor Lisa Freedman says this is the best way to spend $5 at Aldi. It's a budget miracle that her dinner guests rave about. (Pro tip: The second best way to spend five bucks is on any of the store’s German chocolates.)

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New Barn Original Almondmilk

Managing Editor Lauren Kodiak almost gave up on store-bought almond milks (the ingredient lists seemed so complicated!). Made with only water, organic almonds, acacia gum, and sea salt, this lovely stuff saves Lauren from having to make her own.

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MatchaBar Apple Ginger Matcha

If you're not on the matcha bandwagon yet, this fresh and surprising bottle of green tea will get you all caught up. We love its light sweetness and ginger zing!

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Oatly Oat Drink

Oat milk is the non-dairy alternative du jour, and we're into it. Oatly does it best with a soft sweetness that's delicious in coffee and matcha; baristas can't keep it on the shelves! Grab a carton when you see one.

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Health-Ade Pink Lady Apple Kombucha

How to choose a favorite kombucha flavor? Health-Ade founder Daina Trout loves the Pomegranate; News & Culture Editor Ariel Knutson swears by the Ginger-Lemon; Faith drinks the Pink Lady Apple. One thing is for sure: We all love this woman-owned brand.

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Bread & Breakfast

Dave's Killer Bread 21 Whole Grains and Seeds Organic Sliced Bread

Meghan's family loves the White Bread Done Right; Associate Food Editor Kelli Foster votes for the 21 Whole Grains and Seeds. All of us are fans of the social mission of Dave's Killer Bread, employing ex-cons and helping other companies to do the same.

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Vegan Mario Rye-less Buckwheat Sourdough Loaf

Gluten-free bread-lovers have more options than ever, praise be. Treat yourself to a special loaf and try this extra-sour goodie from a cult favorite California bakery.

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Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Potato Rolls

We firmly believe that these pillowy buns are essential carbs to pair with your hot dogs and hamburgers. We're not alone, either: Shake Shack has been serving its burgers on Martin's rolls since the day it opened.

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Thomas' Original English Muffins

These classic gems are best when slathered in butter, but Grace Elkus, our Senior Food Editor, also says that, "I like them in place of bread for a strata because the egg mixture soaks into all the nooks and crannies."

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Marge Granola Cranberry Pecan Granola

Our favorite granola splurge is Marge, with its cutie-pie packaging, maple and olive oil sweet-salty punch, and whopping handfuls of plump dried fruit. We also adore their founder, Megan Gordon, a longtime Kitchn writer.

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RXBar Mixed Berry Bar

This protein bar features three kinds of berries and totally reminds us of fruit leather. Oh yeah, it also has a whopping 12 grams of protein.

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Quaker Steel-Cut Oats

Steel-cut oats are the secret to great oatmeal, with a heartier texture and a richer, nuttier taste than rolled oats. They can also be cooked ahead and taste even better the second day, which is a breakfast miracle!

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General Mills Cheerios

Yeah, Cheerios. You know it, your mom knows it, and every toddler knows it. We would never be without them.

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Pantry

Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna with Sea Salt

Greenpeace ranks Wild Planet's albacore tuna and American tuna tops in terms of sustainability and ethical practice. Crack it open and turn that $4 can into a meal you can feel good about.

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Goya Canned Chickpeas

Among the many choices in the bean aisle, Goya stands out on quality — and iconic can design. The brand's chickpeas are by far the plumpest, and according to Meghan, the best for making hummus. Stay true, stay blue.

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Cento San Marzano Peeled Tomatoes

This can won our blind taste test for its natural sweetness (no added sugar!) and lower salt content. They're also Grace's one-ingredient pizza sauce. "When canned tomatoes are this good, no need to add anything else."

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Rao's Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce

It's hard to find a jarred pasta sauce without too much added sugar. Rao's fits that bill and tastes just like a classic homemade sauce. Bonus: Many of Rao's pasta sauces are Whole30-friendly.

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Green Giant French Style Green Beans

Can vegetables be a guilty pleasure? Tender old-school French-cut green beans, straight from the can in their savory broth, are our weeknight vegetable crush when we need a super-fast dose of green.

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Goya Tomato Paste

Bold, peppery, and slightly sweet, this is the tomato paste we love for sheer flavor. For best value, buy paste in a can (vs. a fancy tube). Pro tip: Freeze leftovers in dollops or an ice cube tray to use later.

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Maya Kaimal Madras Curry Indian Simmer Sauce

We're a little obsessed with the flavor packed into this jarred simmer sauce from Maya Kaimal. It tastes nearly as good as the Indian curries we make from scratch! Just add chicken.

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Swanson Natural Goodness Chicken Broth

The word that comes to mind when sipping a spoonful of this broth: chicken-y, which is just what you want. Use one of these smart ways to turn broth into a meal; you won't be disappointed.

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Campbell's Slow Kettle Style Southwest-Style Chicken Chili

Soups can pack such a punch of nutrition in one small package, and this chicken chili is such a delicious way to slurp up protein and fiber in our lunch. Just enough spice!

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Imagine Organic Vegetable Broth

During our very scientific taste test, this broth stood out as the most balanced, with no single vegetable overwhelming the flavor. It was fresh and clean, not too thick or sweet — the perfect base for vegetarian meals.

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Spreads & Sauces

Duke's Real Mayonnaise

The great Southern cult favorite! Meghan moved from Georgia to Idaho and she mail-orders Duke's to her new mountain abode, as it's the only mayo she'll eat.

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Old Blue Raw Honey

Henry and Camille of Old Blue Raw Honey in Oregon create intensely local honey varietals such as Coriander, Wild Blackberry, and even Poison Oak. We love supporting their work in keeping bees healthy and happy.

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Heinz Tomato Ketchup

Is there another ketchup? To us, Heinz is the one that still beats all those trendy upstarts. It's the one your french fries deserve.

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Soom Sesame Tahini

This woman-owned brand makes the best tahini you can buy Stateside. It's rich, creamy, and incredibly fresh and nutty. Oh, and they also make chocolate tahini (just saying ... ).

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Maille Dijon Mustard

Assistant Food Editor Sheela's pick for a smooth, tangy Dijon, her secret sauce to many, many things (soups, quiche, eggs!). Plus, it doesn't contain sugar, which other common brands do.

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Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing

Science tells us that to fully absorb the nutrients of vegetables, you need to eat them with a bit of fat. A swipe of Hidden Valley is our favorite way to eat a few more veggies every day. (It delights toddlers too!)

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Justin's Maple Almond Butter

Our favorite sweet and salty almond butter. Lauren Masur, Staff Writer, says, "I put it on frozen bananas and it makes it seem like such a treat."

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Smart Balance Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

This creamy peanut butter with a hint of salt stood out in our blind taste test when it came to flavor and pure PB goodness.

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SunButter Natural Sunflower Butter

SunButter is our favorite nut-free butter; satisfyingly nutty while completely free from the top eight food allergens. But it's no runner-up to peanut butter; we love this just as much.

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We Love Jam Blenheim Apricot Jam

The pure luxury of this apricot jam is unparalleled. Made in small batches from all-too-rare Blenheim apricots, the sweetness and honeyed taste is ridiculous. Taste it at least once. Jams like this are hard to find.

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Baking & Seasoning

Nielsen-Massey Mexican Vanilla Extract

Faith is obsessed with the spiciness of this Mexican vanilla; its flavor brings a new dimension to the idea of "plain vanilla."

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King Arthur Flour Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

Flour may seem like a commodity — one as good as the other — but we genuinely taste the difference in bread made with the fresh, high-quality flours King Arthur creates.

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Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix

Our readers are crazy about this double-chocolate brownie mix. So we tried it and can confirm: If you need brownies in a hurry, this is the way to go!

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Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt; Maldon Flaky Sea Salt; Morton Table Salt

Our pantries have three salts: chunky kosher salt for seasoning and brining, table salt for baking and precision measuring, and flaky salt for finishing off a dish. These three are our holy (salty) trinity.

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Rancho Gordo Stardust Dipping Powder

Love everything bagel salt but want to try something new? Here you go: sour and salty chile-lime powder. We sprinkle it on fresh watermelon, taco salads, homemade popcorn ... everything is better with a little stardust!

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California Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For your everyday olive oil (think: cooking fish and tossing grilled veggies) this buttery, peppery version is all you need — no fancypants expensive stuff necessary. A delicious bottle at a smart price.

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Artisana Coconut Oil

Artisana is the creamiest, most coconut-y coconut oil you'll find at a grocery store. (And it tastes just as good as the stuff Gwyneth sells on Goop.) We also love Dr. Bronner's for baking, cooking, and, of course, cleaning.

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La Tourangelle Hazelnut Oil

Want to treat yourself to a little luxury? This nutty oil tastes like roasted hazelnuts and adds something very special to grain salads and vinaigrettes.

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Snacks

Gordy's Pickle Jar Sweet Chips

Currently our favorite thing coming out of Washington, D.C., these sweet chips are Gordy's signature pickles. They're made with a sweet brine and are seriously the best bread-and-butter pickles of all time.

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Cleveland Kraut Curry Kraut

Eat your probiotics, kids! This tumeric and ginger-spiked sauerkraut may be the most fun way to do that. We love it piled on a flame-roasted brat with hot, hot mustard.

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Annie's Summer Strawberry Bunny Fruit Snacks

Lisa is a gummy candy fiend, and in attempts to not eat her weight in sugar she's switched to these fruit snacks instead of gummy bears. Faith's toddler loves these things, too. (We're not sure what that means about Lisa.)

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Annie's Cheddar Bunnies

Not just for kids, although Meghan says her kids adore them. Come to the Kitchn offices and you'll find lots of LaCroix and scads of Cheddar Bunnies. Who says these are just for kids? Not us.

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GoGo Squeez Variety Pack

All fruit, no added sugar, and so easy for on-the-go eating. Faith loves that there are so many flavors (Raspberry! Pumpkin spice! Banana!) and admits to sneaking one or two from her toddler's lunch bag.

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LesserEvil Oh My Ghee Organic Popcorn

We don't know how LesserEvil makes their popcorn so light and perfectly seasoned, but this buttery ghee flavor is just as unstoppable as their Himalaya Pink Salt variety. Crunch crunch.

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Siete Grain Free Sea Salt Tortilla Chips

Tortilla chips, hold the corn. Cassava flour is a gluten-free, Paleo flour and, according to Kelli, makes the crunchiest, dreamiest chips. Use them to get guac from a bowl into your mouth.

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Kettle Brand Pepperoncini Potato Chips

We bumped plain potato chips for this dynamite flavor after our Food Director, Hali, told us about them. We're hooked now and have been known to eat 'em with cheddar cheese for lunch. What? We do what we please, people.

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BarkTHINS Dark Chocolate Pretzel with Sea Salt

For those who can't decide between sweet or salty, there are BarkTHINS. Basically thin slivers of candy bark, this flavor features dark chocolate, pretzel pieces, and flaky sea salt.

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Ridiculously Good Salsa Happy Medium Salsa

It's hard to find a good commercially made salsa, which is where fresh and slam-bam fantastic Ridiculously Good Salsa comes in. Small-batch, woman-owned, and available to ship — so get some on your chips, stat.

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Santa Barbara Pistachio Company Lemon Zing Pistachios

Think pistachios are all the same? Wrong! You haven't tried the extra-crispy, extra-zingy flavors from this Santa Barbara farm. More, please.

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Element Organic Vanilla Orange Dipped Rice Cakes

Believe it or not, Faith got so excited talking about these rice cakes that the rest of us couldn't wait to try them. See, they're rice cakes that are dipped in chocolate! Such a nice little treat!

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Produce

Organic Girl Supergreens!

Stop wasting money on greens that go bad before you get to eat them. We swear these last at least a week in our fridge before they even start to wilt.

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Del Monte SunFresh Red Grapefruit

Grapefruit, we love you, but you're a pain to peel. These massive jars of peeled grapefruit give us our fix without the mess. (Tip: Skip the syrupy version and buy the fruit packed in water.)

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Dairy

Kerrygold Naturally Softer Pure Irish Butter

The gold and green tub is a familiar sight in our refrigerators, as this rich, soft butter makes the dreamiest eating on hot buttered toast. Nothing finer.

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Land O'Lakes Unsalted Butter Quarters

Did you know Land O'Lakes is a farmer-owned cooperative, and that they make our go-to unsalted butter? Both are true! Stock up and stash the extra in your freezer (and make better biscuits with this ingenious butter tip!).

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Fourth & Heart Ghee Butter

Ghee is shelf-stable clarified butter, excellent for high-heat cooking (dynamite with asparagus!). You can make it, or you can try this yummy stuff, made from grass-fed milk. (Try their other flavors too; there's chocolate!)

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Dannon Oikos Plain Traditional Greek Yogurt

Unlike common nonfat Greek yogurts, this intensely tangy yogurt has soft curds that taste like the platonic ideal of yogurt. Faith's family always has this (and Snowville, a local yogurt) in the fridge.

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Noosa Lemon Yogurt

Picking just one flavor from our adored Noosa is tough, but the real lemon curd here wins out. Another favorite fruit yogurt with even less sugar? The rich and creamy mixed berry 4% yogurt from Siggi's.

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Mini Babybel Original

The only thing more fun than eating a Babybel is peeling it! Lauren Masur says these wax-covered wheels are the lunchbox treat she hasn't grown out of. They also can be kept at room temp for a few hours. Perfect purse snack.

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Hood Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is back, baby! We've been eating savory, high-protein cottage cheese with avocado and everything bagel salt, or baked into muffins with roasted red peppers and feta. (Or, hello, '80s! Slap some peaches on top.)

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Cabot Private Stock Cheddar Cheese

The best cheddar you can get in the grocery store — and for just a few bucks! Aged for 16 months, it's exceptionally rich with tangy nuances. Kick up these vegetarian quesadillas with this!

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Frigo Cheese Head Strings

While our taste tester didn't love the abundant stringyness of this string cheese, she said it still had the best flavor. We say she's silly — the stringyness is the best reason to eat string cheese! Agree or not, this cheese is a-peeling.

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Nellie's Free Range Eggs

Eggs are the cheapest way to get good protein in your diet. We eat them all ways: Smooshed on salads, pizzas, even oatmeal! #putaneggonit Confused by free range vs. organic? Nellie's are a smart choice: they're free-range and hormone-free.

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Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Even if you're not eating a ton of bagels, you need a good-quality cream cheese for making frosting, cheesecake, and even appetizers. Need to soften it quickly? The same tricks we have for butter will work with cream cheese.

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Jasper Hill Harbison

No cheese board is complete without one of these soft-ripened wheels, according to Lisa, our resident cheesehead. "Harbison is stinky, gooey, and tastes like a tree — in a good way," she says.

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Grains & Pasta

Massa Organics Short Grain Brown Rice

If you think all brown rice is created equal, you haven't tried Massa. When we first tried it years ago, we were floored by how tender and deeply flavored the soft, short grains are. Seriously — try this.

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Barilla Collezione Orecchiette Pasta

If we could have just one pasta shape forever (gasp!), it would be orecchiette. It has a cute cupped shape perfect for catching sauce and tossing in a pasta salad, and it's just the right size for a toddler to eat by hand.

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Rustichella d'Abruzzo Bucatini Pasta

Be honest: When you say spaghetti, what you really want is bucatini. Thick enough to have a pinprick hole in the center, this terrific pasta is what goes best with meatballs (and everything else).

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Elegant Beans Good Mother Stallard Beans

Look, if you're not eating heirloom beans, what's the holdup? These cult favorites give the most delicious broth. Cook simply in the oven or pressure cooker; their unadorned flavor is rich and meaty.

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Giovanni Rana Mushroom Ravioli

Lisa actually got to go to Italy to see how this refrigerated ravioli is made and hasn't bought the frozen stuff since. "I was in the room where these mushrooms were cooking and wanted to bottle up the aroma," she says.

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Kraft Macaroni a​nd Che​ese

We tried them all, but you can't beat the OG, we decided. The blue box stood out from other macs during our taste test, thanks to its creamy sauce and well-rounded cheese flavor.

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Pamela's Gluten-Free Mac N' Cheese

One of our writers held a blind taste test of regular mac and cheese. This gluten-free version was thrown into the mix just for fun and ranked just as high as Kraft's.

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Jovial Foods Brown Rice Penne Rigate

Made with 100% brown rice flour, this gluten-free pasta has a mildly nutty flavor that works with most sauces. Try it with a sausage and green veggie-spiked dish.

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Meat & Seafood

Atlantic Cod

No brand here; instead, a broader recommendation. For fish, cod has it all: It's sustainable, easy to find, and available frozen. The mild flavor and flaky texture work in everything from tacos to a skillet dinner. When you're ready to upgrade from tilapia, go with cod.

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Applegate Sunday Bacon

As far as we're concerned, the only bacon that's worth making at home is Applegate's Sunday Bacon. All their meat is antibiotic- and GMO-free and raised humanely. Pro tip: For less mess, bake it in the oven.

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Aidells Dinner Chicken Sausage

Aidells has so many fun flavor combinations (artichoke and garlic! Chicken and apple!), but an appealingly simple ingredient list. Crisp their edges in the oven, on the stovetop, or on a grill.

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Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

Because chicken thighs > chicken breasts. We all prefer thighs as they're cheaper, more foolproof, so juicy and tender. And easy to cook! Chicken thighs 4 lyfe.

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Whole Foods Whole Catch Raw Frozen Shrimp

Fresh or frozen, Whole Foods Market only sells seafood that's wild-caught by certified sustainable fisheries or responsibly farmed. That means you don't have to worry about where these shrimp came from or their impact on the environment.

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Frozen

Trader Joe's Frozen All Butter Puff Pastry

It's hard to find frozen puff that's cheap and made with butter, rather than vegetable oil. Sheela swears by this box from TJ's; it's only $3.99! It's only available during the holidays, late October through December, so stock up when you spot it.

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Jeni's Salty Caramel Ice Cream

We're all Jeni's-mad around here. It really is that good. Faith's fave is Milkiest Chocolate; Jeni herself picks Lemon Buttermilk Fro Yo; but our team finally settled on Salty Caramel as the flavor you have to try first.

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Screamin' Sicilian Cheese Pizza

If you want a frozen pizza that doesn't taste like cardboard and has zesty sauce and mounds of cheese, this is your pie. It was a close tie in our taste test, but it's bigger than the other top pick and has slabs of mozz.

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Amy's Bean & Cheese Burrito

Need a backup burrito in the freezer? You know you do. We love these smart and simple burritos from Amy's; just add salsa for the easiest porch dinner.

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Birds Eye Protein Blends Tuscan Style

Have you tried this vegetarian powerhouse pouch? Grains and veggies packed into one little bag; it heats up in three minutes flat. Serve as a side dish, or eat it up all by yourself.

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Stouffer's Vegetable Lasagna

Everyone needs one great frozen lasagna; this is our pick. It's the secret to a family dinner that's more about family time than cook time. Stash one in your freezer for those nights.

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Seapoint Farms Frozen Shelled Edamame

Is there a better frozen veg than edamame? Broccoli tries, but we're giving the gold star to these magic beans. Good in stir-fries and salads, and they're also a toddler miracle; Faith's kid gobbles them by the handful.

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Dole Cherry Berry Blend

Do the math! It's just not possible to get a better deal on fruits like these. This blend of cherries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries would cost you a fortune in the produce section. Smoothies! Crumbles! Pies!

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Gluten-Free Brown Rice English Muffins

Made with brown rice flour, these frozen gluten-free English muffins defrost like a dream. Toast, slather with some peanut butter, and top with sliced banana or make freezer breakfast sandwiches.

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Ore-Ida Potatoes O'Brien

This mix of potatoes, peppers, and onions is our secret to a super easy breakfast casserole. Eggs and a handful of cheese are all you need; you don't even have to defrost the potatoes.

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Alexia House Cut Fries with Sea Salt

Alexia can do no wrong in our book when it comes to frozen fries. These are made with skin-on, farm-fresh potatoes and just four other ingredients. Want sweet potatoes? We also love their Crispy Sweet Potato Puffs.

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Bell & Evans Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets

These nuggets handily won our taste test due to their smart process: the chicken is flash-frozen before being breaded and flash-fried to set the coating. They're juicy and packed with great chicken flavor.

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Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Burgers

It's time to introduce your grill to this meatless patty, which was a leading favorite in our taste test. We love their smoky flavor and the smart resealable pouch.

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Sister Schubert's Parker House Rolls

Sister Schubert's has an adoring, loyal fanbase. If you're a Southern cook, you were raised with these better-than-homemade frozen rolls, and we're thrilled they're now available nationwide.

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Hanover Lime & Cilantro Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice has hit the big time! Among the many, many frozen options, we love Hanover's fun flavors, especially this zesty lime and cilantro take. Just add avocado and pulled pork for taco night.

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Costco Kirkland Signature Italian Style Beef Meatballs

What makes these meatballs taste so flame-broiled and juicy? We don't know! One time, Faith catered a wedding (mostly) from scratch yet all compliments went to these meatballs.

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