I wish I could deliver a bag of kitchen pantry staples to help you explore your kitchen skills.
Learn how to roast garlic and any vegetable. It adds a depth of flavor and lets the vegetables sing. You will need cleaned chopped vegetables, oil, salt. I don’t even add pepper. This is an excellent way to make the most of that vegetable that is on sale. You’d be surprised how fast you can eat them: with pasta, in salads, with rice, over a potato.
Here is a great beginner’s guide to roastig any vegetable from The Kitchn: http://tinyurl.com/gnpvj4n