Cooking: Ingredients I Can’t Live Without

I love food and I love to cook. When it comes to cooking, I try my best to use the highest quality ingredients. Over the years I have found myself going back to the same products when cooking my favorite meals. Continue reading to learn about my favorite cooking ingredients. 


O Olive Oil (Made with Organic Meyer Lemons)

I love using a great olive oil while cooking and Lemon Olive Oil has changed the game. O Olive Oil (which I purchase at Kroger) is my favorite brand. It is made with with organic meyer lemons and tastes so fresh. My favorite way to use this olive oil is in my homemade dressing for the perfect chopped kale salad. Comment below if you’d like to see my chopped kale salad in a blog post!



Ghee is something I have discovered over the past year. Ghee is a clarified butter made from the milk of a grass fed cow or buffalo. Ghee is a butter substitute, although I do think butter is okay in moderation. I LOVE the way that ghee tastes, and I love to use it when making pasta, on top of a sweet potatoes, or over a slice of cornbread. Ghee is becoming more and more popular and I have found it at Kroger, Whole Foods, and Publix. I use multiple brands of Ghee.


Ghee Cooking Spray 

Much like using regular Ghee, I am now using Ghee Spray instead of Coconut Oil Pam. I will still use Pam every now and then, but Ghee spray is what I currently am using. I was so excited to find Ghee spray at Walmart. The only brand of Ghee cooking spray that I have found is Carrington Farms Ghee Cooking Spray.


Squeeze Garlic 

Although I am very adamant about using fresh ingredients, squeeze garlic is something I cannot shake. It is so convenient to go to your fridge and have perfectly minced garlic waiting for you. I like the squeeze bottle because it avoids a mess when cooking. I purchase Spice World Squeeze Minced Garlic from the produce section at the grocery store. 


Coconut Aminos 

Coconut Aminos is the magic sauce that everyone needs in their kitchen. Coconut Aminos is a soy substitute, although it has a slightly different taste than regular soy sauce. I use Coconut Aminos as soy sauce when I eat sushi, and I love to put Coconut Aminos on top of meat I am cooking. The BEST way to use Coconut Aminos is to put it all over vegetables before you roast them. My favorite brand is Coconut Secret. Visit their website to learn more about Coconut Aminos. 


Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Herbs

Herbs can completely change the quality of your meal. It is a goal of mine to one day have a massive herb garden, but until then, I love to cheat using these pre washed and chopped herbs from Gourmet Garden. I pick these up near the Squeeze Garlic In the grocery store. 


Himalayan Pink Salt 

I prefer to use Himalayan Pink Salt over table salt for a couple different reasons. First, I like the way Himalayan Pink Salt tastes in comparison to regular table salt. Second, there are a ton of health benefits to cooking with Himalayan Pink Salt. Himalayan Pink Salt improves repository problems, it’s a natural digestive aid, and because of the minerals in the salt, it helps you to sleep better at night. Table salt is stripped away of many beneficial minerals, but Himalayan Pink Salt contains all of these missing minerals that have health benefits. I use any brand of Himalayan Pink Salt that I see at the grocery store. 



I discovered Tajín when I was in Cabo, Mexico. I saw so many people using it, so I decided to give it a try. After my trip I decided I can not live without Tajín. I season meat with it, use it on top of eggs and avocados, and even in my other favorite recipes. This seasoning is easy to find, but not easy to give up.



What are your favorite cooking ingredients?


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