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Easy Dinners With Ingredients From Your Pantry

Quick, Delicious Meals That Are Super-Easy to Make

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Are you tired of eating take-out food because, once again, you came home and realized there was nothing on hand to make for dinner? For many single moms and dads, this is a natural consequence of working all day and being forced to cram everything else that needs to get done -- like meal preparation, chores, and having a chance to connect with your kids -- into the few hours you have after work each evening. Instead of reaching for the take-out menu, though, consider these easy dinners you can make using ingredients you already have on hand. In addition, make sure you're always well-prepared by printing out this grocery list and keeping your pantry stocked with the makings of these quick, easy, and healthy dinners.

Pantry List:
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Jar of Chopped Pimiento
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Canned Tuna
  • Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • Linguini
  • Can of Diced Tomatoes (pre-seasoned with basil, garlic, and oregano)
  • Bread
  • Dry Mustard (in the spice aisle)
  • Elbow Macaroni
  • Paprika (in the spice aisle)
From the Freezer:
  • Frozen Peas
  • Diced/Chopped Onions
  • Breakfast Sausage Links
  • Frozen Tortellini
From the Fridge:
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Parmesan Cheese
Recipes:
  1. Festive Tuna Casserole
    Simply replace the potato chips with seasoned breadcrumbs.

  2. Fresh Tomato Pasta
    Replace the fresh tomatoes with a can of diced tomatoes, pre-seasoned with basil, garlic, and oregano.

  3. Breakfast Casserole
    Breakfast for dinner is always a favorite with the kids!

  4. Tortellini with Peas
    Simply use frozen tortellini.

  5. Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
    Consider using whole wheat pasta for added nutrition.
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