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From Our Chefs: Top 10 Favorite Ingredients to Use

From Our Chefs

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Our Chefs have a lot of tools in their toolboxes, including Menu Builder, our web-based tool that helps keep menus varied and balanced, and the Touch of SAGE® app that provides feedback about the community’s likes and dislikes.

But perhaps our Chefs’ most underrecognized tools are the simple, wholesome ingredients they use every day. They take great care in choosing these ingredients, ensuring they’re fresh, local, and sourced responsibly.

We asked our Chefs to weigh in on their favorite ingredients. Some were chosen because of their versatility, while others add flavor and bring magic to the dish.

Looking for a list of good standbys for your pantry or refrigerator? Check out the top 10 ingredients SAGE Chefs love to use!

1. Garlic – No time to chop? Jarred minced garlic is a good alternative for busy evenings.

2. Curry – Work in some new flavors for your little ones with a dash of curry.

3. Ginger – Let your kids pick out the funniest shaped piece of ginger root at the grocery store.

4. Cheese – Give your family a taste of some freshly grated cheese. They’ll notice the difference.

5. Squash – There’s so many to choose from: spaghetti, butternut, sweet dumpling, kabocha, banana, and more!

6. Chicken – Step out of your comfort zone and try new flavors with this adaptable protein.

7. Beef – Sure, it’s expected as an entrée, but charcuterie boards are really fun to prepare!

8. Honey – Try more exotic options like ghost pepper or vanilla bean-infused honey.

9. Kale – Yes, our Chefs love to use kale: in salads, soups, smoothies, and even oatmeal!

10. Rosemary – According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, rosemary tea enhances memory. Give it a try on test day.

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