It’s happened to us all before. The fridge is extremely bare and there is “nothing” to eat in the house. It only seems you have two choices to do, either eat cereal or order takeout. Ordering takeout definitely seems better than a cold bowl of dry cereal.
But before you order take out, I guarantee you can still cook a delicious meal!
You might be out of the essential items you use to cook the family’s normal weeknight dinner meals, but there are plenty of meals you can make using just simple staples from your pantry and freeze.
These recipes aren’t just boxed meals. These meals are clean, filling, and satisfying. Check out these 13 Dinner Ideas that Don’t Require a Trip to the Grocery Store!
Sweet potatoes are an easy way to cook and have so many different ways. They make a quick filling and easy meal too. Add your favorite toppings or try this delicious loaded potato recipe.
Grain bowls are a great option since they are mostly customizeable! You can add any grain with your choice of veggies, cheeses, egg. The grain bowl combination includes a grain, lettuce, veggies, and protein. Check out these 15 Grain Bowl Ideas for some inspiration!
The recipe calls for a use of leftover rotisserie chicken but if you don’t have that you can always use a chicken noodle can soup and add canned corns, tortilla chips, cilantro, and chopped avocados. Add stewed tomatoes for more flavors.
You can make a simple pasta recipe like a Tuscan White Bean Pasta with no groceries in your home. If you have a box of pasta, a can of beans, and veggies you are good to go. Just cook the pasta, add the drained and rinsed beans and any fresh or frozen veggies. You can add a can of tomatoes or red/pesto sauce. Don’t forget to add spices, herbs, garlic, and olive oil if you have any on hand.
Omelets are the perfect meal for dinner. If you have a few eggs you can create a filling meal for the whole family. Use some canned beans, such as black beans, pinto, or kidney if you have some in the pantry and that jar of salsa in the fridge to make a delicious Southwestern omelet.
This recipe is perfectly made for when you are limited on groceries. Enjoy the taste of comforting chili to your liking by adding more canned tomatoes or chili powder. You can eve add carrots or chop up a bell pepper if you have one on hand.
Quesadillas are the perfect go to meal if you need something quick or low on groceries. You can make it veggie or meat style. Add your favorite veggies or meat to this 10-minute meal.
Homemade chicken soup is easier than you think. If you keep cooked chicken in the freezer or have leftover chicken that needs to be used up from a chicken roast or turkey then make this comforting soup.