I haven’t been grocery shopping in about two weeks or something. Which means, it’s time for pantry cooking.
Life gets busy, or you’re out of town, or you’re sitting on the couch weighing the options between dallying on Facebook or putting on some decent clothing to go to the store.
Facebook always wins.
A girl’s gotta eat though.
And so does a girl’s husband.
And both of them are trying to save money.
(The key word there is trying). So lately, the routine has been to go stand blankly in front of the fridge or the pantry and try to come up with a super creative dinner using only tortilla chips, spaghetti sauce and brown ‘n’ serve sausages. Gross.
Realistically though, we all have certain things that take up permanent residence in the pantry or fridge.
And even more realistically, life doesn’t always allow for last-minute grocery runs, if it allows for grocery runs at all.
Therein, it seems like a good idea to have some pantry-friendly options for those nights (or weeks) when fresh or gourmet is out of the question and you’re desperately looking for that big red “Easy” button.
Of course, I am not advocating a grocery store boycott, as I think fresh ingredients are vital and should be used when – and as much – as possible.
So here are some simple and delicious dinner options, that, for the most part, can be made using ingredients that you probably have sitting at home right now (with the possible exception of the meat).
I can vouch for all of them, having made each at one point or another. The first are variations on recipes that I grew up with and still make.
Baked Honey Mustard Chicken from Creme de la Crumb
Lazy Lasagna from Olga’s Flavor Factory
Crispy Bourbon Glazed Salmon from How Sweet It Is
(Disclaimer: I realize that while Jim Beam seems to have made himself comfortable on my pantry shelves due to my rampant pecan pie-making, bourbon or whiskey may not really qualify as a pantry staple for everyone).