Today isn’t going according to plan. You get off of work late, rush off to your kids’ evening activities and return home only to realize you don’t have the ingredients for the meal planned. And you certainly don’t have the time or the energy to go to the store.
Pantry meals to the rescue! If you have a well-stocked pantry with some key items, you’ll have no problem getting a quick meal on the table, even on the busiest of days.
Having a few essential pantry items on hand will save you on those nights you would otherwise order takeout.
The Best Pantry Items for Emergency Meals
If you keep these items on hand (and a few seasonings in your spice cabinet), you’ll be able to create several different meals in no time. (Meal suggestions below.)
Jarred Pasta Sauce
Canned tomatoes (diced)
Canned corn (niblets and creamed)
Tortillas (corn/flour, your choice)
Broth (chicken or vegetable)
Garlic (fresh or minced)
Cream of Mushroom Soup
“Emergency Meals” to Make
I think of these meals as my “emergency meals”. They’re my go-tos when I don’t know what’s for dinner and I don’t want to go to the store. They’ve saved the day, and my pocketbook, more times than I can count.
Pasta and Sauce (‘nuff said)
Macaroni and Tomato Juice
Fiesta Black Beans and Rice (from this post on Money Crashers)
Pinto Beans and Rice Soft tacos (also from this post on Money Crashers)
Black Bean and Rice Quesadillas
Black Bean Breakfast Burrito (beans, scrambled eggs, and salsa, wrapped up)
Vegetarian Pantry Chili
Super Fast, Cheap to Make, Crazy Easy Burrito Casserole
Mexican Bean, Rice and Corn Bake
Vegetarian Ramen Midwest Stir Fry
Dump and Bake Pizza Pasta Casserole
Fried Rice Restaurant Style (I use frozen peas/carrots)
Tuna Tomato Pasta
In The Pantry Tuna-Rice Casserole
Crock Pot Vegetable Soup
7 Can Soup Recipe
Don’t be afraid to modify the recipes to suit your tastes and to utilize the ingredients you have on hand. If you don’t have garlic, sprinkle in some garlic powder, if you don’t have tortillas, just make a rice bowl. Get creative!