I remember many days digging deep in the pantry for something to eat till payday. Hope these ideas help!

Oatmeal or Cereal

Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches (toasted, if desired)

Breakfast burritos – Add scrambled eggs, salsa to a burrito.

Eggs & Grits (add bacon, if on hand) Mix all together!


EZ Bean burritos – 1 can pinto and/or black beans drained, 1 packet taco seasoning, 1 can diced tomatoes (w/green chilis), 8 oz. cream cheese (or any cheese of choice). Combine in a skillet till cheese melts, spoon into a tortilla.

Tuna fish sandwiches (or on lettuce)

Grilled cheese – add a slice of deli ham if on hand. Also, add tomato soup, if desired.

Noodles and butter.

Stiryfry – Rice, a bag of frozen stirfry veggies. Stir in whisked eggs.

Roaster chicken – see ______ for the many meals you can make!!

Spaghetti and pasta sauce

Sausage and potatoes – any chicken sausage/kielbasa with oven fries

Sausage and Peppers – add rice for more bulk

Salad – add veggies on hand or buy the cheapest fresh veggies. Make homemade croutons (saute bread cubes in oil/butter/garlic salt) and hard-boiled eggs.  Homemade dressing with lemon juice or balsamic (or any vinegar) and oil, dijon, s&p.

Sloppy Joes – brown 1 lb. ground beef (drain) add 1/8 cup brown sugar, 1/8 cup mustard, 1/2 cup ketchup.

English Muffin Pizzas – pizza sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella.

Creamy Tomato Angel Hair Pasta – angel hair pasta, pasta sauce, cream cheese (softened) Warm sauce/cheese. Pour over pasta. Optional: top with Parmesan cheese.

EZ Beans ‘n Rice – Saute 1 chopped onion, 2 cloves garlic in olive oil. Add 1 C cooked rice, 1 t. cumin, 1/4 t. cayenne pepper, 2 cans drained black beans.





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