Cooking Is A Process. Simplify everything.
Cover Your Basics
Have your basic tools available. Understand your basic skills and processes. Stock your pantry with your basic ingredients.
You are allowed to use readily-available ingredients. Many of these will be available canned or frozen. It’s fine. Don’t worry about it. Plan your menus based on what is available to you, today.
Don’t Make Complicated What Should Be Simple
Understand why things work in the kitchen. That simplifies everything.