As a celebrity chef, television host, and Food Network star behind “Ten Dollar Dinners,” Melissa d’Arabian is an expert at creating quick, inexpensive, healthy meals at home – and says anyone can be. “There’s a misconception that you have to be a fantastic cook with 50 recipes up your sleeve, but that’s not true,” she says. “With a decently stocked pantry, you can execute healthy, inexpensive meals in less time than it takes to go through a drive-thru – I promise!” To get started, you’ll need an initial shopping trip to stock up on a few basics. “If you spend 45 minutes at the grocery store that first time, I promise you’ll recoup those minutes later in the week as you save time making quick meals,” says d’Arabian. The following eight versatile ingredients are among her pantry and fridge must-haves.