Easy and Delicious Meals From Your Pantry

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Can’t get to the store before dinner, but you still want a healthy and satisfying meal? Fortunately, there are many options for easy, delicious dishes that you can make with common pantry items. Impress your family with your resourcefulness with these meal ideas. It’s time to get creative in the kitchen:

Pasta Possibilities

You could just open a jar of tomato sauce, mix it with some cooked pasta, and call it dinner—but there’s so much more you can do with pasta. Try mixing it with lemon zest, grated parmesan cheese, fresh ground pepper, and breadcrumbs. Or add a can of tuna, a dash of olive oil, and a bold mix of spices (like oregano, parsley, and thyme). In the warmer months, turn to pasta salads. Consider orzo with chopped nuts, olives, goat cheese, and a simple balsamic dressing or penne with jarred pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese.

Beans, Beans, Beans

Beans might not sound exciting, but with a bit of creativity, these hearty staples can be turned into a fantastic meal. For a Mexican twist, cook canned black beans with onions, garlic, cumin, tomato paste, and some chicken or vegetable stock. Serve them with fluffy white rice or go with a Mediterranean theme with chickpeas. These can be tossed with lemon juice, garlic, and herbs for a hearty salad (serve with orzo) or cooked in tomato sauce and topped with a poached egg and crumbled feta cheese.

Soup With Flair

There’s nothing wrong with reaching for canned soup when you’re looking for a pantry meal. But have you tried spicing up those pre-made options with some extra additions? Tomato soup only gets better with the addition of a grilled cheese sandwich or some cheese tortellini. If you have fresh vegetables in your fridge, like carrots or spinach, add them to chicken noodle or lentil soup. Just about any soup can be enhanced with a sprinkling of grated cheese, a handful of fresh herbs, or a dollop of yogurt.

So, when hunger strikes and you’re low on supplies — get creative in the kitchen and use your pantry to create mouthwatering meals. For more information on apartment living and multi-family properties, contact us today.

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