Growing up, September was always my second "new year". As summer would come to an end and back-to-school ads were everywhere, I would get excited to start a new routine, get new stationary, and update my fall wardrobe. But the fall isn't just about resuming order at work or school, it's about meal prep, making lunches and getting organized at home (which I promise can be just as exciting)! To help with the latter, here is a list of essentials for your pantry that will have you ready for the new new year.
For those of you who find yourself looking up recipes and constantly backing out because you feel you need to buy too many ingredients, I recommend getting these basics upfront so you are ready to go whenever you find your recipe inspiration!
Red pepper flakes
Dried Italian herbs (either mixed or oregano, basil and thyme separately)
Saffron (not essential, but highly recommended)
Oils & Vinegars
Red wine vinegar
White wine vinegar
Low sodium broth
Beans (your preference)