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Do you have never-fail last-minute pantry dinners? Here are mine...


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Do you have never-fail last-minute pantry dinners? Here are mine...

Tartinet | Feb 19, 2007 02:15 PM

I'm always looking for tasty, easy, healthy dinners that only use things I always have on hand (the ultimate home cook challenge, as far as I'm concerned). I've figured out a few over the years, but I need to refresh my supply of emergency recipes. My whole pantry list is way too long to put here, but it includes all the stuff you might think, plus some odd things that have proved their value over the years.

The basic requirement for these recipes, as far as I'm concerned, is that they call for no fresh produce or meat, just things that can stay in the pantry for months, waiting to be called into service at the end of a long work day. I include frozen things that can be thawed quickly (no big hunks of frozen meat), and things that have a very long life in the fridge or cupboard (potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, lemons, eggs, hard cheese).

Here's what I make that I can think of right now(I can elaborate on the recipes if needed, but you'll get the idea)... A lot of these recipes can be improved a lot with the addition of fresh veg, but we eat them this way all the time. Hey, I'm not proud. Sometimes it's more about getting something that looks like it could be dinner on the table than it is about perfect planning and exquisite food.

BBC pasta:
whole wheat pasta, canned tomatoes, tinned sardines (little ones!), capers, grated parmigiano

Salmon Cakes:
canned salmon, egg, mashed potato, garlic, any handy seasonings
(served with whole frozen green beans)

Sausage-Lentil Soup:
individually frozen sausages, canned tomatoes, onion, lentils, frozen spinach, broth

Spinach Frittata:
frozen spinach, eggs, garlic, parmigiano, onion
(served with some sort of light soup or just toast)

Shrimp Curry:
individually-frozen shrimp, coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce, carrots, onions

Egg and Pepper Pasta:
whole-wheat pasta, softly-fried eggs, garlic, jarred roasted red peppers, breadcrumbs

Arroz con Capetes (cooked like a paella):
salt cod, rice, garbanzo beans, jarred roasted red peppers, homemade broth

Spinach Pine Nut Orzo:
Orzo, frozen spinach, anchovies, garlic, toasted pine nuts

So, help me out! What do you make?

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