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11 Pantry Staples That You Can Turn into Dinner

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Put time into dinner now, and you can make it last forever -- or at least the whole week. Welcome to Halfway to Dinner, where we show you how to stretch your staples -- or your seasonal produce -- every which way.

This post is brought to you by our friends at Weight Watchers, who celebrate gathering together around the table to enjoy wholesome, beautiful food.

When the going gets tough -- when sun-kissed tomatoes and peaches are eclipsed at the market by behemoth cabbages and impenetrable squash -- the tough turn to their pantries.

Seasonal fruits and vegetables are like your beautiful friends who stop by for the weekend, tear up your apartment, and drag you out to karaoke at 3 AM. Your go-to pantry items, on the other hand, are older and less glamorous, but they're reliable. When you're having a bad day and you want to wiggle into a pair of toe socks and watch television, you know who to call. (Hint: It's not Ghostbusters -- it's brown rice.)

Take a look in your pantry and see who's waiting at your beck and call to become a delicious dinner. Click through on each ingredient to find 5 dinner recipes that you can customize however you like.

Sriracha by Carey Nershi


Vegetable Stock by Heather Hands


Jar of Capers by Melina Hammer


Canned Tuna by Kristy Mucci


Eggs by Mimi Thorisson


Brown Rice by Erin (Naturally Ella)


Red Quinoa by Melina Hammer


Black-Eyed Peas by Cookie and Kate


Sack of Potatoes by Happyyolks


Oatmeal by Marta Greber


Canned Chiles in Adobo by Lara

This post was brought to you by Weight Watchers. Need ideas for dinner tomorrow? They've got you covered. Show us what you're cooking with the hashtag #biteintolife!

What pantry staples will you turn to when the weather takes a turn for the worse? Share with us in the comments!

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Tags: Bean, Oatmeal, Pea, Potato, Rice, Weeknight Cooking, Halfway To Dinner