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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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eating out of the pantry

Picture this: it’s been a super busy day and you haven’t had the time to even think about what you’re feeding your family and yourself for dinner. But that’s okay because you remember that you have some simple ingredients stashed away in your pantry that can make for a quick and easy dinner!

Having some basic ingredients on hand is always great for nights like these. And getting your pantry to a point where you have these ingredients available isn’t hard. You can check out my Learn to Coupon page to see how to follow sale cycles to get the best deals on pantry essentials: that way, you never run out of them and you know that you’re getting the best deal on them, too.

If your pantry is overflowing and you need help cleaning and organizing it before you can even start putting meals together, check out my post with easy tips for organizing your pantry first!

Here are some recipe ideas for eating out of the pantry.

Recipe Ideas:

Southwestern Omelet
feel free to switch out the veggies for ones that you do have on hand

Crock Pot Sante Fe Chicken
this is one of my family’s favorite dinners!

Baked Potatoes for Dinner

Black Bean and Corn Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
buy chicken when it’s on sale and stash it in the freezer

20-Minute Chicken Parmesan Soup

Meatball Subs

Vegetable Lasagna

Classic Spaghetti
there’s no link to this one because you all know the recipe: grab ground beef, pasta sauce, and noodles on sale. cook the ground beef, pour in the sauce, and serve over noodles

Easy Enchiladas

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Chicken and Dumplings

Zesty Italian Crescent Casserole

Double Cheese and Ham Quiche

7-Can Soup

We all have crazy days where we haven't even thought about dinner. Here are some recipe ideas for eating out of the pantry!

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    • Angela Birchfield Farnell

      Nice ideas! A couple of other quickies–

      Tuna casserole: Prepare a box of Mac n Cheese according to directions. Stir in 2- 5oz cans of drained tuna and a can of cream of celery (or mushroom) soup. Jarred Alfredo works as well. You can add your own mix-ins such as sliced mushrooms or peas. Pour into a casserole dish and bake till bubbly.

      Shepherd’s Pie– This idea was inspired by the Dinty Moore Beef Stew that was recently 49 cents at Kroger. Simply pour two cans into a casserole and top with prepared mashed potatoes (instant or homemade) and bake till heated and browned.

      I love time-consuming recipes, but the recent adoption of our 2 young sons has changed a lot of that! :D

      • Congrats! It’s well worth it to have less time in the kitchen and play a bit more with 2 sweet boys.