Pantry Staples

Kitchen Shortcuts

For the cook on the clock, these clever kitchen shortcuts will save you precious time without compromising taste.

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A Smoothie in Seconds

Red smoothie with ingredients

Make a nutrient-dense smoothie in a snap with Evive Nutrition ($5 per wheel). Just add the cubes to your liquid and blend or shake to incorporate. Our favorite flavor is Samurai, with berries, beets and more.

Curry in a Hurry

Hand holding jar of simmer sauce

Whip up a warming butter chicken in no time with Good Food for Good’s aromatic Organic Butter Chicken Sauce ($8). Every purchase from this BIPOC- and women-owned brand provides a meal to those in need.

Ready-Made Broth

Jar of chicken bone broth

Made with only the essentials, Zoup! Good, Really Good Chicken Bone Broth ($7) is the perfect flavor to enjoy as is or layer with ingredients of choice.

Instant Umami

Taste #5 umami packaging

Treading the fine line between sweet and sour is the addicting flavor the Japanese call “umami.” Enrich meats, balance sauces, flavor soups and more with a squeeze of TASTE #5 Umami Paste ($15).


Jar of spices

Just add avocado and lime! A blend of cilantro, tomato, onion, jalapeño and spices, the Guacamole Dip Mix from A Spice Affair ($11) will fast-track you to the perfect guac.

Pico in a Pinch

Pickle salsa

Boston-based Grillo’s Pickles makes snacking a breeze with the flavor-packed Pickle de Gallo ($4.50). We love the medium variety.

Time-Crunch Tapenade


Jar of tapenade

A measured mix of olives, capers, garlic, peppers and spices, Divina’s Organic Olive Bruschetta ($10) is a polyphenol-packed bite. Spoon over bread rounds and top with feta or prosciutto for a restaurant-grade appetizer.