Tuesday, October 16, 2018

What to make for dinner?


No matter how much preparation goes into grocery shopping and meal planning, we usually end the week with a couple wilted vegetables in the refrigerator and no real plan for dinner. And sure, we can order take-out, but sometimes when resources are limited, that's when things get interesting.

Here are my favorite (mostly) pantry meals:

If you have chicken, try:

Chicken chili. Skip the cream and just blend one can of the beans with the chicken broth. No jalapeno? No problem.

Chicken salad.

Or spread Dijon mustard atop the chicken and coat with crushed pecans and bake until cooked through.

If you have eggs, try:

Quiche. Any vegetable works here. Meat optional.

Mark Bittman's spaghetti with fried eggs.

Or simply hard boil four eggs and mix with a mashed avocado (or mayo if that's more your thing) and a pinch of salt and pepper for quick egg salad.

If you’re working with scarce supplies, try:

Caramelized onion pasta. It's much tastier than it sounds.

Mexican tomato rice and beans. No jalapeno or fresh herbs? Use red pepper flakes and dried herbs, and a squeeze of lime before serving.

What are your go-to pantry recipes? Please share below.

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