There are nights I just don’t feel like cooking. On nights like this I look for “shortcut” meals that are dinners put together with one or more ingredients already prepared and you build the meal around it. Ravioli with Carrot Fennel Sauce is a good example. The ravioli is store bought but the sauce is my own. The trick is to have a well-stocked pantry and freezer with products that are quick and easy to prepare, good quality, taste good and affordable. Over time I will show you some of my favorites and ones that have saved me numerous times when I needed to get a meal together in a hurry.