Everyone wants to know how to cook like a professional chef. But you don't need to go to culinary school to whip up a tasty, fresh meal like you'd order at a swanky restaurant. All you need is a little bit of cash and a lot of common sense.
Buy fresh, local produce instead of canned or jarred foods. Fresh is the key word here. Don't use canned fruits or vegetables, because they'll be unpleasantly discolored from the canning process and much too high in sodium. For maximum taste and health, you want to be able to control the amount of salt in each meal you prepare. Always go fresh. If you have to, frozen veggies (especially spinach), is an option. But fresh is always recommended.