Having a few pantry staples on hand can help you jump-start a spontaneous meal in no time. Head to the grocery store and make sure you have these in your shopping cart:
Beans - Great for side dishes, salads, or in pasta.
Rice - Easy and versatile side dish.
Pasta - Quick main dish with simple stir-ins such as chopped cooked chicken and pasta sauce.
Baking mix - Make quick breads, biscuits, or crusts for casseroles.
Potatoes and onions - Versatile veggies that add flavor and substance.
Cream soups - Great for casseroles.
Pasta sauce - Stir into hot cooked pasta for a super-quick meal.
Canned tomatoes - Use in everything from casseroles to pasta.
Broths - Make quick sauces and soups.
Canned tuna - Stir into pasta and salads, or make a creamy spread for a sandwich.
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