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You'll Never Worry About What's For Dinner Again

What you need for last-minute meals

Even if you’re not the type to leave dinner until the last minute, everyone has those days. Stock the essential ingredients below so that when you’re in a pinch, you can still throw a delicious—and easy—dinner together.

In your pantry

  • Bread (buns, loaves, pitas and Old El Paso tortillas)
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Cereal
  • Canned beans
  • Canned meats (chicken, salmon, tuna)
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Pasta sauce (Alfredo and spaghetti)
  • Tomato paste
  • Canned broth (beef, chicken and vegetables)
  • Soup (canned or dry)
  • Peanut butter
  • Pickles and olives
  • Ketchup, mustard and mayo
  • Salsa and chips
  • Soy and marinating sauces
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Vegetable oil (canola and olive)
  • Vinegar

In your spice rack

  • At a minimum: garlic powder, basil, oregano, thyme, curry, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, bay leaves, ground red pepper

In your fridge:

  • Cheese, such as cheddar, cottage, Monterey Jack, mozzarella, Parmesan
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Packaged salad greens
  • Fruit juice
  • Sour cream
  • Butter or margarine
  • Yogurt

In your freezer:

  • Ground beef or turkey
  • Chicken (boneless skinless breasts)
  • Ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • Fruit juice concentrate (lemonade and orange)
  • Green Giant vegetables
  • Berries (for smoothies and desserts)
  • Bread crumbs (for stuffing and breading fish)

What can you make with these ingredients?

Try Easy-oven enchiladasTurkey and broccoli pasta or Fiesta chicken, to name a few.