Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Blog-spiration: Pantry Meals

I just read this great post on Simple Mom about pantry meals. Thought I'd share it with you all.


Basically the gist is, pick a few meals that you will ALWAYS have the stuff for in your pantry, and then you will never have to face that, "Oh no! I have nothing planned for dinner tonight!" moment.

The post gives three delish-sounding, easy-to-make pantry meals, but I thought I'd share a few of my favorite pantry meals also.

The first is my Mom-in-Law's recipe for Cranberry Chicken. I LOOOOOVE it. It is so delicious and easy! Only 4 ingredients!

Cranberry Chicken:
  1. Take 4-6 frozen chicken breasts and defrost them. Place in a 13x9 baking dish.
  2. Mix together 1 can whole berry (or regular) cranberry sauce, 1 envelope of onion soup mix and 1/2 bottle of Catalina salad dressing. (*note: I normally do NOT like this kind of dressing, but it is delish in this recipe, so don't be scared off!)
  3. Pour mixture over chicken in pan and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes,or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Serve over rice with lotsa sauce!
My second pantry recipe is a quick meatloaf recipe (my sis in law told me about this one). I have a great from-scratch meatloaf recipe that I love, but I don't always have all those items on hand. This one only requires a few ingredients and is super tasty! And this recipe also uses a packet of onion soup mix... aka "envelope of miraculous wonders."

Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf:
from the back of the Onion Soup Box... only gourmet around here...
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 pounds ground beef (I always keep this in the freezer)
  • 1 1/2 C bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 C ketchup
  • 3/4 C water (if needed)

Combine all ingredients in large bowl.

Form into a loaf and bake 350°F for about one hour in 9x13 pan, or about 40 minutes in muffin tins for individual servings.

I hope you enjoy these simple, easy meals! Now share the love... Please comment and leave some of your favorite pantry meals.

And remember, Moms don't let Moms order take out!

Just kidding... I love take-out.


  1. I STILL have to try that cranberry chicken recipe. It really sounds delicious!

    One of my standy-bys is pineapple chicken (also uses onion soup mix! it's a miracle in an envelope, i tell ya!)--ingredients are a can of crushed pineapple, a packet of onion soup mix, chicken breasts, served over rice. Cook up the chicken (cubed), then pour most of the large can of crushed pineapple over the chicken in the pan (I like to keep out most of the juice) and also the whole envelope of soup mix. Stir, cook some more, and serve over rice.

    Another stand-by is hamburgers. Hey, you don't even need buns--just use sandwich bread (if you have a sweet and unpicky husband like I do).

  2. i loved this SM article too. I have a few staples, too, but it's always good to have some new inspiration. can't wait to try your cranberry chicken.