Try This: What Meal Can You Make Without Going to the Store?
Getty ImagesWe've all been there: You get home from work -- you're tired, the family is tired -- you open the fridge and you realize there's not enough in there to actually make a meal. If you want to cook dinner, you're going to have to go to the store. What do you do instead? Call for take-out. It's frustrating when your good intentions are squashed by lack of supplies.
So we asked moms and women on the street what they keep in their refrigerators, freezers, and pantries so they can whip together a meal without having to go to the supermarket or pick up the phone. We got some great tips, so check out the video! In the meantime, we also asked our fellow staffers for tips and suggestions, too:
"We rely on a combination of frozen and boxed goods. Every few weeks, we'll buy a pound of 99% fat-free turkey meat and form four or five burger patties. We freeze a few of them, and when we're in a pinch, will quickly defrost and then cook the burgers on a grill pan. We supplement these with some frozen broccoli rabe or other frozen vegetables, and quickly cook up some frozen fries or other potatoes in our toaster oven. Sometimes we'll make rice or couscous instead -- we're big fans of the Near East flavored rice and couscous boxes."
"I almost always have peanut butter and almond butter for spreading on toast or bananas, Parmesan cheese for pasta (it keeps much longer than softer cheeses), some long-lasting vegetables, such as broccoli, kale or collards, eggs (breakfast, lunch and dinner!), and shelf-stable milk for a back-up if I run out of fresh milk."
"The freezer is my saving grace: I always have a bag of frozen shrimp -- lean protein, and you can defrost them in 15 minutes -- and a bag of frozen peas -- a green veg that won't rot in fridge, and can also be defrosted fast. I almost always have garlic and rice or pasta on hand as well, so I just saute the shrimp in a little olive oil with the garlic, add in the peas right into the same skillet, and serve it over rice/pasta. A complete, with no extra trips necessary."
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