6 Pantry Ingredients For Super Fast Suppers


Life is hectic, and often times we are so busy running around throughout the day, that planning out a meal for dinner is the farthest thing from our minds.   Days like that I’m often tempted to just throw in the towel and load everyone up for a night out.  But with a little planning on your next grocery trip – stock up on these 6 staples and the next time you’re in a pinch for a meal, you’ll have the perfect ingredients to make a super quick, delicious meal.


#1 Frontera Salsa

Shredded Chipotle Pork Tacos
image and recipe via the krave

I’ve tried all different brands of salsa on the market and in my opinion, nothing compares to the freshness and flavor of Frontera salsas. I don’t receive any compensation from Frontera, it’s just my honest opinion. Their products cost a bit more but they’re worth every penny and I use them all the time in my cooking. Mix with brown rice, black beans, cheese and avocado for a quick, healthy burrito bowl. Stuff tortillas with rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and shredded cheese, roll up into enchiladas and pour salsa on top for super fast chicken enchiladas. Stir into chile for a quick boost of added flavor. In the fall I put a pork shoulder in the slow cooker with onions and garlic and stir in a jar of the chipotle-pumpkin salsa for the ultimate, low-fuss pulled pork tacos.


#2 Whole-Grain Pasta

image and recipe via Gimme Some Oven

Mix with a little extra-virgin olive oil, fresh herbs, crumbled cheese and dinner is ready in about 20 minutes! If you have pesto on hand, stir it some pesto with a little reserved cooking water for a fast and flavorful sauce. Even the pickiest kid, my finicky eater included, will eat pasta with butter.


#3 Canned Tomatoes

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I keep cans of fire-roasted diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes on hand for a quick pasta sauce or to stir into sauces and sautés. This pasta sauce with garlic, red chile flakes and fresh basil is loaded with flavor and it’s ready by the time the pasta is finished cooking.


#4 Cheese

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I keep a block of parmesan (it will keep much longer than the pre-grated stuff) and usually some crumbled goat cheese or blue cheese in stock. These can me mixed and matched to a variety of dishes to give lots of added flavor and freshness to quick, simple suppers. Grate the parmesan on top of pasta, of course, or shave thin slices onto an arugula salad w/ lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. I also like to grate it on top of roasted or grilled vegetables. Goat cheese and blue cheese are excellent as a filling for stuffed chicken breasts or pork chops and they’re lovely crumbled on top of salads.


#5 Brown Rice

image and recipe via Bon Appetit

This is an easy, healthy, quick side dish for stir-frys and sautés, but for the nights when I’m too tired to think, or I’m cooking for only myself, I love a bowl of brown rice mixed with salsa or Sriacha and a fried egg on top. You can make a large batch of brown rice and keep it refrigerated for about 4 days.


#6 Beans – black and garbanzo

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Beans are a great source of protein to help your food stay with you a little longer. There’s nothing worse than eating lunch and being hungry again an hour later! I add garbanzo beans to salads with feta, pepperonici peppers, olives and toasted pita bread. Black beans get mixed into taco salads and burritos bowls with rotisserie chicken fresh from the grocery store.

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  1. Kathryn Doherty

    Great list! I agree with all of these! I’ve also always got onions, potatoes and taco shells on hand. If nothing else, you can saute up some meat or beans, add some veggies and stuff a potato or a taco shell 🙂

    • Jennie Lussow

      I keep whole wheat tortillas around for exactly the same reason 🙂


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