Weeknight CookingWhat to CookPantry

11 Pantry Staples That You Can Turn into Dinner

51 Save

If you like it, save it!

Save and organize all of the stuff you love in one place.

Got it!

If you like something…

Click the heart, it's called favoriting. Favorite the stuff you like.

Got it!

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.

Advertisement

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.)

Advertisement

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!


Tags: halfway to dinner, pantry staples, pantry, beans, rice, oatmeal, potatoes, sriracha, peas, beans