5 Basic Recipes to Keep in Your Back Pocket

Listen, it might be a good idea to forget your social security number or your mom’s phone number, just TO MAKE SURE you have space to memorize these recipes. Or at the very least, make sure you have the goods to make them in your pantry at all times. They’re easy, fast, delicious (of course!) and you’ll feel like actual culinary royalty knowing you have these go-to recipes to pick from.

Chocolate Chip Cookies on parchment paper.

The Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

First things first — the most essential, a killer chocolate chip cookie recipe. Not that I need to convince you to bake cookies cuz COOKIES, but I bet by now you’ve got enough chops in the kitchen that whipping these up will feel like a breeze.

chocolate chips, sugar, flour, brown sugar, vanilla, butter

Noodle Stiry Fry in bowl with chopsticks.

Back Pocket Stir Fry with Noodles

Keep a good stir fry in mind when you may be intended to eat a bunch more salad than you did this week so now you have a fridge full of veggies begging to be made into something tasty. Bonus, there are noodles involved!

brown rice noodles, tofu, veggies, chili paste, garlic

Date Night Rigatoni with Sausage and Kale

For your next restaurant-worthy date night — whether that’s with you and your dog, you and your baby, you and your special person (or all three!) — EAT LIKE YOU LOVE YOURSELF.

rigatoni, Italian sausage, fennel, Parmesan cheese, kale

The Best Chicken Tinga Tacos

TACOOOOS! Spicy, saucy, simple, and so so fresh. We can all agree it’s the only chicken taco recipe you’ll need.

chicken, fire-roasted tomatoes, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, garlic, corn tortillas

Sunday chili in a bowl with a spoon.

Sunday Chili

If it’s ever cold where you are (if that’s *never* we should discuss teleportation, I’ll be right there), you need a super tasty chili recipe to warm you from the inside out.

ground beef, bacon, crushed tomatoes, carrots, onion, beans