Hack: Easy Meals Straight From Your Well-Stocked Pantry
Keep some easy pantry meals stocked to throw together for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a pinch.
Cheater’s Tom Kha (Thai coconut soup)
2 cans of coconut milk (full fat)
1 quart of broth (chicken or vegetable)
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 Tablespoon fish sauce (optional)
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 box rice noodles
Juice from one lemon (or use vinegar in a pinch)
Cilantro and scallions, chopped, for garnish (optional)
- Put all ingredients except for noodles and lemon juice in a large pot and bring to a boil
- Add noodles and cook, about 9 minutes
- Add lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, and enjoy!
This soup will last in the refrigerator for about five days. The cream rises to the top and looks a little funky, but fear not! Just shake or stir it up before reheating and it will be as good as new.
Better Marinara Sauce
Pasta with red sauce has a spot in the easy meal hall of fame. Jarred sauces are overpriced and can contain sugar, tomato paste and water instead of real tomatoes. The next time you want a quick pasta dish, start boiling your water for noodles and by the time they are finished you can whip this recipe up:
1 Tablespoon oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon oregano
1 28 ounce can diced or crushed tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a medium pot
- Add garlic and oregano and stir for 30 seconds or until fragrant
- Pour in tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, bring to a boil and simmer until your pasta is ready.
- Get creative! Good add ins:
- Canned artichoke hearts.
- Any spice or herb that suits your fancy.
- If you like anchovies chop one or two up and add in with the garlic.
- Add a spoonful of chopped capers and/or chopped and pitted olives.
- Add in chopped vegetables (frozen or fresh) just before you add the tomatoes.
- Add leafy greens like spinach, chard or kale for the last few minutes of cooking.
This is one example of a grain that you can make a big batch of and use for anything during the week. Cook out groats in boiling water as directed and use in the following ways:
- Hot breakfast porridge: Heat oats with milk, dried fruit, sweetener (we like good maple syrup but anything will work), and chopped nuts.
- Cold breakfast porridge: Use the same ingredients as above minus the dried fruit. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and cardamom. Try it, it’s surprisingly delicious and easy!
- Side dish: Add some fat to a pan, sauté some onion and garlic, then add the oat groats and stir until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Add anything! (Scrambled egg, vegetables, soy sauce, greens, etc.).