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Trying to shop smarter ($) - what are some stapel items you always keep around, so you can make dinner in a pinch?

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Asked by Nynne at 8:50 PM on Apr. 6, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • eggs, whole wheat bread, lettuce, butter, milk, canned fruit and vegetables. cans of dinty moore hash. canned soup.

    Answer by Bmat at 8:53 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • Spaghetti, noodles, canned tomatoes, canned soups, canned beans, canned tuna, flour, sugar, baking supplies, frozen veggies, spices, frozen ground turkey.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 8:59 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • garlic, frozen chicken breasts, a variety of frozen vegetables, canned tomatoes, pasta, rice,

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:02 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • bisquick, frozen veggies,pasta

    Answer by LadySaphira at 9:05 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • Brown rice, frozen veggies, and we keep a freezer stocked full of lean meat so we never "need" any, we just add to the freezer from what's on clearance. Also we try to keep basic salad things on hand - as long as we have spinach, tomatoes and onions, even if there is nothing else fresh, we can fill in with dried fruits and nuts.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 9:06 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • We don't do a lot of processed foods, but we like to keep on hand at all times:

    dried beans
    brown and jasmine rice
    frozen chicken breast
    frozen vegetables
    98% lean ground turkey breast
    baking supplies (unbleached flour, whole wheat flour, bread flour, yeast, baking powder, baking soda, corn meal, corn starch, sugars, salt, and canola oil)
    canned no salt added diced tomatoes (great for quick chilis)
    and all the varieties of Mrs Dash seasonings as well as our other staple seasonings (chili powder, paprika, garlic and onion powder, cinnamon, and ground cumin).

    With that, I can make a lot of yummy meals and desserts fairly cheaply.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 9:17 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • Eggs, flour and salt to make noodles of any kind, canned tomato sauce and canned crushed tomatoes to make spaghetti sauce with, just add some seasonings. Canned and/or frozen vegetable and fruits. Cream of mushroom soup as well, add some rice or noodles and a veggie and meat if you have it, very good. Macaroni and cheese in a box is good, and you can add lots of different things to it to make it different, like green beans, or hamburger or ham or hot dogs, et cetera. Pancake mix as well, because you can always have breakfast for dinner. Hamburger to make taco meat, tortillas (or flour, oil and water), and canned beans (we use pinto) to make burritos/tacos.

    Answer by katythemm at 9:22 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • In the cupboards: Mrs. Dash, chili seasoning, Italian seasoning & various other seasonings, fresh garlic, meat specific seasonings (for beef, for chicken, for pork), whole wheat pasta, brown rice, egg noodles, cream of mushroom soup (low sodium), dried beans, flour, canola oil, brown sugar & canned tomatoes (low/no sodium).

    Fridge: carrots, celery, roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, squash, broccoli, red onions, yellow onions, white onions, red/green/yellow/orange peppers, lemon juice, lime juice, eggs, milk, lettuce, cauliflower.

    Freezer: Homemade beef & chicken broth, chicken breasts, pre-made turkey patties (made the night I buy the meat and frozen uncooked), sliced inexpensive steaks (sliced before I freeze it), frozen veggies, skillet steaks & pre-seasoned boneless pork roasts. I also buy other meats dependent on sales and try to keep the freezer well stocked.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:43 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • Lot of help - Thank you all very much (:

    Couple of Q's:
    What dried bean/legume is the most versatile?
    And what can I do with the dif. broths/stocks other than soups and stews?

    Answer by Nynne at 10:05 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • Beans, split peas, lentils, and rice. Powdered milk (I use the NIDO brand whole powdered). Vinegar (so I can make fresh cheese whenever needed). Frozen veggies. Frozen cubes of lemon, orange, and lime juice.

    Recipes for how to use the above in interesting ways. The Indian sub contenent has so many interesting ways of cooking rice and beans, I could do those every day for a month and my family wouldn't get bored.

    Answer by eema.gray at 10:27 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

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