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Old 12-17-2008, 09:42 AM   #31
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For someone who cooks for a living, mine are kind of embarassing (JK LOL!!)

Chef Boy R Dee canned anything
Egg noodles and cheese whiz
All the fixings for spinach dip plus rice crackers (yes, it is an in a pinch dinner!)
Canned Tuna
frozen burger patties and rice
And as Katie mentioned, the ever popular POPCORN!!!!

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Old 12-17-2008, 09:45 AM   #32
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Pasta... always my default meal... the laziest sauce I make is a can of diced tomatoes, a can of white beans a can of tuna and a can of whatever veggies I have (usually green beans) open 4 cans dump in pot and let simmer while pasta cooks...mix .. douse with some olive oil & Balsamic ... done. This is what I eat when I have nothing and do not feel like cooking but also dont want takeout. Its fairly healthful cheap and easy... also can be made with whatever canned ingredients / protein are on hand with/without meat and can be eaten cold like a pasta salad. Not what I would serve to guests but my alternative to takeout and I can bring the leftovers for lunch... made it last night with grilled chicken and asparagus

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Old 12-17-2008, 12:28 PM   #33
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I always have a variety of pastas and jarred or frozen sauces. I have pre-cooked chicken or ground meat in the freezer. I'll just mix them up and add whatever veggie and there is my meal.
I also love breakfast for dinner.
I also have cream of soups to mix with tuna/clams/chicken/gr. meat/veggies and serve over rice or noodles.
We also have spaghetti-o's, ramen noodles and cold cereal.
You could actually shop in my pantry.
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:46 PM   #34
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Y'all are awesome. I am loving all these ideas. Hubby and I have been shopping several times lately including at the whole food market (where we bought some boxed soups) and World Market (where we got some jarred cooking sauces for chicken and some gnocchi and pasta) and we are looking forward to trying those. Some will surely earn a regular place in the pantry. We got some Thai Noodle packs that are kind of like ramen, wow they are yum-o. Definitely will keep those on hand.

DH isn't a fan of clams or tuna but there's always a leftover grilled chicken breast in the fridge. Now that we don't have little kids in the house we are enjoying experimenting with some different flavors.

I am really thrilled with all these ideas!
It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. ~Lewis Grizzard
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:09 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by sattie View Post
Wow... reading some about some of quickie back up meals makes me feel like I have been slumming it!

**Hangs head in shame....**
don't do that!!! you're a good cook, and you obviously love doing it!

when I was cooking with little kids, I always had bluebox mac'n cheese and a box of frozen chix nuggets on hand, as well as frozen pizzas. Its still good, we just try to dress it up a little more these days. We still eat a bowl of cereal or some crackers and cheese every so often!

I also kept ground beef cooked with some chopped onion in the freezer in 1-lb. ziploc freezer bags so I could get a jump on spaghetti sauce or cream of mushroom soup goulash in a skillet when I got home from work & running the kids around to practice, etc.

I know there is a lot of other wonderful fast-prep ideas out there - y'alls TNT pantry backups - and I love hearing about those things! Love love love sharing ideas!!!

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