If you have the cans, we have the plans.
Anyone who has ever cooked regularly for any period of time knows of the following emergency situation.
It's 4:00 p.m. You haven't gone grocery shopping in at least a week. You don't have any meat or fish defrosted from the freezer. You have very little fresh food except for maybe the slimy dregs of a bag of greens that you probably shouldn't eat unless you want to suffer intestinal repercussions. You're starting to get hungry. And, if you have to feed a family, they too can begin to feel their stomachs grumble.
At this point, you can order delivery. But this comes with the delivery hangover—a bitter cocktail that leaves you feeling greasy, broke, and underwhelmed.
Or you can cook with what you have.
While the first option seems like the easiest option, it's really not. You can eat a better meal, faster, simply by combining a few pantry staples you likely have on-hand. And the meal you whip up will also likely be better for you too.
Think of yourself as kitchen MacGyver, armed with a few tools and tasked with a herculian challenge. If you have your wits, you can make it happen without everyone exploding (figuratively, of course).
The five meals that follow are easy, healthy, delicious, and versatile. They make pantry cooking, an admittedly boring phrase, something that's actually worth looking forward to.
So, quick, to the recipes—because time is ticking and you certainly aren't getting any fuller just sitting around and reading this long and tortured introduction, are you?