3 Jarred Foods Chefs Say You Should Always Have in Your Pantry

With the stress of the pandemic, we all want things to help us save time and make decisions. When it comes to cooking, jarred foods are your answer! They last for a long time and can help round out delicious meals. Here are three items chefs say you should always have on hand.

Spaghetti Sauce

It's not just to top pasta. You can use it for chili! Just add the sauce to some onions, ground beef, seasoning, canned beans and broth. Or, you can make a Shakshuka, where you poach an egg in the sauce with feta, bell peppers and a little cumin and basil for a savory breakfast. The possibilities are endless!

But many sauces can be loaded with sugar and salt. Looks for brands that use San Marzano tomatoes, tomatoes from Italy, plum tomatoes or Italian whole peeled tomatoes. They are all naturally sweet, so there's no need for added sugar. Also avoid vegetable oil and canola oils. Stick with brands that have less than 500 mg of sodium.

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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