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Jan 22, 2005 05:22 PM

There's nothing in the fridge!

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It's snowing, and I'm lazy, but hungry...

What are your favorite recipes to make when you haven't shopped all week, but you do have a few staples laying around?

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  1. you'd need to name your staples on hand for meaningful answers.

    1. Mac and cheese? But what do you have on hand?

      1. I don't know what counts for staples, chez vous, but . . .

        Assuming you eat carbs:

        Tuna, pasta, cherry tomatoes or canned tomatoes, red pepper flakes, capers or chopped olives if you've got em. Voila! Puttanesca!

        Pasta with pesto, potatoes and green beans is a favorite.

        Pasta with frozen cauliflower (steamed), saffron, pine nuts/toasted nuts of your choice, and raisins/currants/chopped dried apricots.

        Pasta with frozen cauliflower (steamed), mustard seed, thyme chopped green olives, and toasted bread crumbs.

        Pasta with fresh lemon juice, butter, and freshly grated cheese. Lemon zest, thyme, or italian seasonings are a nice option.

        Pasta with milk, butter, italian seasoning, and grated cheese.


        Tuna salad with scrambled eggs and cheddar. Toast optional.

        Grilled cheese and tomato soup made from pureed canned tomatoes and cream.

        An omelette with whatever vegetables and cheese you have kicking around.

        Salad nicoise inspired soup/stew: frozen green beans, chickpeans, canned tomatoes, tuna, oregano, red pepper flakes, olives or capers, and potatoes or pasta, baked in the oven, or served over polenta (if you have cornmeal in your pantry).

        1. As others stated, it does depend on your staple items. I generally have a well-stocked pantry and basic fridge items so my standbys:

          Pasta w/ olive oil, garlic, and parmesan (fresh herbs if I have them)

          Salad Nicoise w/ canned tuna, greens, hard-boiled eggs, olives, potatoes

          Cheese souffle w/ simple green salad

          French toast

          Monte Cristo sandwich (ham and cheese sandwich dipped in egg and then pan-fried, dusted w/ powdered sugar, served w/ fruit jam)

          Omelette or frittata served w/ bacon

          Sesame soba noodles w/ frozen dumplings

          Risotto w/ frozen peas and dried mint

          1. If it's snowing... then soup is definitely the answer.
            Surely you have some vegetables that are in need of using?
            Carrots, celery, maybe some mushrooms, a can of broth?
            Throw in a can or two of beans, some pasta and you're all set.