Have you played "It's _____ For Dinner" yet?
Our fill-in-the-blank, Mad Libs-style recipe outlines can help you (and, more fun, a group of your friends or co-eaters) to figure out what to cook based on the ingredients in your pantry or a flavor combination you've never tried.
To prove to you, and ourselves, that it not only works but works well, we asked six friends (uh, we want to be their friends—does that count?) to use our bare bones guide to lentil soup to come up with their own pantry (or dream) version of everyone's favorite winter warmer-upper.
Here's what Heidi Swanson, Michael Ruhlman, Julia Turshen, Joy Wilson (a.k.a. Joy the Baker), Laura Wright (from The First Mess), and Michelle Lopez (of Hummingbird High) put in their pots (almost everyone chose kale). And novelist Ann Hood wanted to play along, too!
Jump around using the links below, or scroll through to see them all:
Tell us in the comments below (and share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #cookintheblank).