There are things that no cook should be without. You can add it to any recipe and save the day. Here are mine:
Chicken Stock (or bullion cubes)
Borsari Seasoning Salt
Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is you're stupid and you made a bad decision.
I like the brown rice in the frozen food section (steamer bags). I can use it as a base for anything. We like black beans and rice for a meal.