Create Quick Meals with a Pantry Essentials Checklist

Keep these key ingredients on hand in your kitchen pantry — they’ll help you create and flavor your meals, and save many a dish from disaster. From 4 Ingredients: More Than 400 Quick, Easy, and Delicious Recipes Using 4 or Fewer Ingredients, by Kim McCosker and Rachael Bermingham.

SAVORY

  • Barbecue sauce
  • Beef and chicken bouillon cubes
  • Bread crumbs
  • Curry Powder
  • Dijon mustard
  • French onion soup (dry mix)
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Garlic
  • Ketchup
  • Lemons
  • Mayonnaise
  • Minced ginger
  • Peppercorns
  • Pesto
  • Pine nuts
  • Refrigerated piecrusts
  • Rice
  • Sea salt
  • Sesame seeds
  • Soups (canned): asparagus, celery, etc.
  • Sour cream
  • Soy sauce
  • Spaghetti and noodles
  • Vegetable broth
  • Vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce

SWEET

  • All-purpose and self-rising flour
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Canned fruit: pineapple, pear
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut, shredded
  • Condensed milk
  • Cornstarch
  • Cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Eggs
  • Evaporated milk
  • Food coloring
  • Fresh fruit
  • Gelatin
  • Graham crackers
  • Honey
  • Jams: apricot, strawberry, etc.
  • Jell-O
  • Marmalade
  • Mixed dried fruit
  • Mixed spices
  • Nutmeg
  • Puff pastry and short crust pastry
  • Sugar (confectioners’, granulated, superfine, brown)
  • Vanilla cake mix
  • Vanilla extract

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Asparagus with Balsamic Dressing
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachael Bermingham, author of 4 Ingredients: More Than 400 Quick, Easy, and Delicious Recipes Using 4 or Fewer Ingredients (Copyright © 2007 by Meymott Enterprises Pty Ltd PR International Pty Ltd), is the energetic, dynamic, and proud mum of Jaxson and six-month-old twin boys, Bowie and Casey. She has written six bestselling books in the last four years and is regarded as one of Australia’s number one female authors.

Kim McCosker, author of 4 Ingredients: More Than 400 Quick, Easy, and Delicious Recipes Using 4 or Fewer Ingredients (Copyright © 2007 by Meymott Enterprises Pty Ltd PR International Pty Ltd), is the proud mother of three boys (Morgan, eight; Hamilton, five; and Flynn, two), the lady who had the idea and who is now the coauthor of the internationally bestselling 4 Ingredients series, which includes 4 Ingredients4 Ingredients 2, and 4 Ingredients Gluten Free.

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4 Ingredients Recipe: Asparagus with Balsamic Dressing

Asparagus with balsamic dressingBored with bland weeknight salad? Spruce it up with the season’s asparagus harvest. Get this and more fast weeknight meals from 4 Ingredients: More Than 400 Quick, Easy, and Delicious Recipes Using 4 or Fewer Ingredients, by Kim McCosker and Rachael Bermingham.

Asparagus with Balsamic Dressing
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
2 bunches asparagus
1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, diced

Preheat the broiler. Brush the asparagus with some of the oil, then broil for 5 minutes, or until tender. Serve drizzled with combined remaining oil, vinegar, and diced tomato.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Rachael Bermingham is the energetic, dynamic, and proud mum of Jaxson and six-month-old twin boys, Bowie and Casey. She has written six bestselling books in the last four years and is regarded as one of Australia’s number one female authors.

Kim McCosker is the proud mother of three boys (Morgan, eight; Hamilton, five; and Flynn, two), the lady who had the idea and who is now the coauthor of the internationally bestselling 4 Ingredients series, which includes 4 Ingredients, 4 Ingredients 2, and 4 Ingredients Gluten Free.

4 Ingredients Recipe: Baked Salmon with Pesto Crust

PestoSpringtime yields beautiful basil, and what better way to use it than by making a fresh batch of pesto? Then you can spread it atop a gorgeous salmon filet in this fast, healthy recipe from 4 Ingredients: More Than 400 Quick, Easy, and Delicious Recipes Using 4 or Fewer Ingredients, by Kim McCosker and Rachael Bermingham.

Baked Salmon with Pesto Crust
Serves 4
This is fantastic!

INGREDIENTS
4 salmon steaks (5 ounces each)
1/2 c. pesto
1/2 c. finely grated pecorino cheese
1 lemon

Preheat the oven to 350° F. In a large skillet, sear salmon steaks on each side for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, combine pesto and cheese. Spread over salmon steaks and squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top. Bake for 15 minutes.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Rachael Bermingham is the energetic, dynamic, and proud mum of Jaxson and six-month-old twin boys, Bowie and Casey. She has written six bestselling books in the last four years and is regarded as one of Australia’s number one female authors.

Kim McCosker is the proud mother of three boys (Morgan, eight; Hamilton, five; and Flynn, two), the lady who had the idea and who is now the coauthor of the internationally bestselling 4 Ingredients series, which includes 4 Ingredients, 4 Ingredients 2, and 4 Ingredients Gluten Free.