For some of us, cooking can be a chore at the best of times. Choosing to make quick no-cook recipes can result in an easy lunch or dinner that is both nutritious and satisfying. But if you're just getting your feet wet, you might not know what ingredients are needed to whip out meals without ever turning on the oven. Learn our recommendations for the nine things your pantry needs to make you ready for no-cook meals at all times.
Protein: Rotisserie Chicken and Pasteurized Lump Crab Meat
From protein, to whole grains, to spreads and sauces, there's a plethora of options to keep on hand for no-cook recipes. These are relatively easy-to-find ingredients that won't require a trip to any specialty stores.
Rotisserie Chicken: Easy to grab-and-go from the grocery store, rotisserie chickens are a no-cook dream. The chicken is already cooked and tender, making it easy to slice, shred, or chop. It makes a wonderful addition to salads, sandwiches, lettuce cups, or bowls. Change the flavor to match your meal by throwing on a sauce or spice blend.
Pasteurized Lump Crab Meat: One of the few seafood options that doesn't suffer from being pre-cooked, pasteurized lump crab meat can help throw together a meal in no time. Sprinkle it atop gazpacho, make a crab salad to stuff into a sandwich, or add as a protein source for tossed salads.