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Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas From Your Pantry

From Your Pantry

Don’t have time to go grocery shopping? No problem. Here are easy, delicious family meals that incorporate 10 pantry staples.

With the following items on hand, you can make dinner in a snap, without heading to the supermarket: pasta and rice, olive or canola oil, beans―dried or canned, canned tomatoes, eggs, onions and garlic, herbs―fresh or dried, vinegar and lemon juice, cheese―parmesan or cheddar, and frozen vegetables.

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Quick Pizza Margherita
Pantry Ingredients: vinegar, oil, cheese, garlic, herbs.
With a prep and cook time of just 30 minutes, you can whip up this delicious dinner in less time than it would take a pizza place to deliver it to your doorstep.

Chicken Potpies
Pantry ingredients: herbs, frozen vegetables.
Chicken potpie is a great second-day meal to reuse leftover chicken. And this one can be made start-to-finish in a little more than half an hour with pleasing results. The crispy crust and warm creamy filling, paired with an easy clean-up, make this recipe a keeper.

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Southwestern Omelet
Pantry Ingredients: herbs, eggs, canned beans, cheese, onions.
This meal cooks in minutes, and is a great option for a busy night when you don’t have time for grocery shopping or heavy meal preparation. Serve with toast.

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Chunky Vegetarian Chili
Pantry Ingredients: oil, onion, garlic, canned beans, canned tomatoes.
Our top-rated vegetarian chili requires minimal attention while it cooks, allowing you to multitask on a busy evening. It works well as a meal for a family with dietary restrictions too, since it’s vegetarian- and vegan-friendly.

Lemon-Basil Chicken
Pantry Ingredients: herbs, onions, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, oil.
This dish is ready in less than 20 minutes, and can be served several ways. Grab some pasta from your cabinet as a side dish, or toast a few slices of bread instead.

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Baked Chicken and Rice With Black Beans
Save time by opening a can of fiber-rich black beans and stir them straight into a cheesy rice bake. Combines beans with convenience yellow rice mix, cooked chicken, canned tomatoes, canned chiles (to add a kick), and shredded cheese. Sautéed veggies add a fresh taste to the mixture.

Chicken Enchiladas
Precooked chicken and bottled green taco sauce make homemade enchiladas simple to prepare. All the ingredients in the dish are easy to stock in the fridge and pantry. Top with fresh ingredients such as tomato and avocado.
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