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Oh winter! The bad weather, the cold, and the general hibernation that it encourages in all of us—it’s enough to make you want to stock up, cook big batches of food, and stay indoors.
Or at the very least it’s enough to make you not want to make a trip to the supermarket for just one missing ingredient so you can make dinner.
Tonight, let’s stay in and make the best of what we’ve got using staples from the pantry, fridge, and freezer! Here are a few of our ideas — what are your own go-to pantry dinners?
This classic Italian combo comes together using canned tuna packed in olive oil, some pantry staples (pasta, red pepper flakes) and a couple handfuls of fresh arugula. Spinach or any other quick-cooking green works here, too.
There are not a whole lot of ingredients in this dish – it relies on pantry staples like capers and butter and flour and white wine. If you’re the type who always keeps a few chicken breasts in the freezer for emergencies, this recipe is perfect.
Pull some shrimp and peas out of the freezer and get out the eggs and veggies from the fridge. You’re on the way to shrimp fried rice for dinner. Got leftover chicken or pork? Swap that out instead.
Canned beans make short work of this dish, and ground turkey is often found in the depths of the freezer. You can also substitute ground chicken or ground beef – whatever you’ve got, pull it out and turn it into this chili!
If you have some sliced ham in your fridge along with some eggs and bread, then you’re most of the way toward this comfort food. Swap in any lunchmeat you happen to have (turkey is fine!).
This kind of dish is the definition of quick and easy, and it’s also sometimes the kind of dish we forget about because it’s so simple and delicious. If you have any leftover meat from another meal, toss it in at the end. This dish is also great with an egg on top!
Here’s what to make when you have random bits of things left in the fridge or pantry—quesadillas. Cheese and tortillas are easy to come by, and then add mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, leftover shredded chicken or pork, black olives or anything else you like.
The beauty of this recipe us that the batter is easy to pull together, and the crepes themselves can veer in a sweet or savory direction depending on what you have on hand. Worst case scenario? Defrost some frozen berries for a sweet dinnertime treat.
Honey and soy sauce come together for the dressing, along with some sesame oil, and peanuts, green onions round out the noodles—which can easily work with spaghetti or angel hair pasta. If you don’t have some of the fresh ingredients, swap them out for what you have!
Ground beef (pulled from your freezer stash) cooks together with onions, carrots celery, and canned tomatoes. Add some pasta or rice to make it even more filling.