You may vow to skip takeout in favor of cooking every weeknight dinner, but let's face it: regardless of how much you like to cook, if you've got a busy schedule, you probably don't want to spend hours in the kitchen every night. The secret? According to Allie Lewis Clapp, food director of Real Simple magazine and editor of the new book Real Simple: Easy, Delicious Home Cooking, the secret sauce lies in having an arsenal of go-to ingredients. "There are a lot of items we go to again and again for Real Simple," she says. "We stock our kitchens with things to make our lives easier." See what Allie's top 10 list includes, when you keep reading.
Photos: Lauren Hendrickson, Real Simple, and Katie Sweeney