Foods You Should Always Have In Your Refrigerator

Every month, we send some of your biggest questions on nutrition, health, and more to our panel of experts to answer. The question, “I often get home late from work totally starving. What should I always have in my kitchen for quick, healthy meals? ” was answered by Keri Glassman, R.D., founder, NutritiousLife.com and author of The New You (and Improved!) Diet.

You can throw together a meal of veggies, protein, and a little healthy fat easily with the right mix of groceries in your pantry and freezer. Your shopping list should start with cans of organic chickpeas, kidney beans, tuna, and salmon. Add in a few bags of prewashed salad greens and cauliflower rice (you’ll stash the latter in the freezer). Then hit the freezer aisle and grab frozen veggies such as cauliflower, broccoli, and asparagus; frozen precooked, microwavable organic brown rice (Trader Joe’s makes a great one); and frozen fruit such as raspberries and mango. Pick up a small amount of fresh produce—say, tomatoes or cucumbers—and a few savory items, like a bottle of olives or a cheese like feta, which instantly delivers flavor without a ton of ingredients.

When you walk in the door hungry, you can toss a mix of legumes and vegetables (defrost frozen ones in the microwave) in a salad with canned salmon or tuna and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Or layer the veggies on the brown or cauliflower rice and microwave, then top it off with hot sauce. You can also saute the rice with mixed veggies in coconut oil and soy sauce and you’ve got a fast, healthy dinner. Those frozen chunks of fruit? Dessert.

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