Saturday, March 28, 2020

15 Easy To Make Pantry Meals

15 Amazing Meals using items from your fridge and pantry.


15 Easy to Make Pantry Meals - using pasta rice and beans you can make fabulous flavorful meals! - Slice of Southern


During these uncertain times we all have to be creative and use the pantry and fridge items that we have stocked up.  Who would have thought a month ago that we would be stocking our shelves because we were going to be housebound with the Coronavirus pandemic.  Today it is a wise thing to do and choosing food items that have a long shelf life just makes sense. 

Shelf stable items like pasta, rice and beans, go a long way in helping you put together some easy meals.  This post contains a 15 easy pantry meals that are based around recipes with common ingredients that have a long shelf life, and delivers big flavors!

Tip: Go to the grocery store as soon as it opens. Or ask them when they do their restocking of shelves!


Here's some amazing ideas for getting  dinner on the table.



Pasta

3 Ingredient Tomato Gnocchi Soup: a steamy hot bowl of delicious tomato soup loaded with plump gnocchi and a dash of spinach with only 3 ingredients! - Slide of Southern

1.   3 Ingredient Tomato Gnocchi Soup

An easy, soul warming soup made with 3 ingredients.  Take any canned or boxed tomato soup and add gnocchi, tortellini, or ravioli to it.  Don't have spinach? use, kale or Swiss chard or even parsley...or just leave it out.  This is a comforting dinnertime meal.

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Bacon Ranch Chicken Alfredo:  The ultimate comfort pasta dish is made into a quick and easy weeknight meal, bursting with gooey cheese and bacon! - Slice of Southern

2.  Bacon Ranch Chicken Alfredo

A wonderful baked dish that uses jarred Alfredo sauce, chicken, and a packet of ranch dressing.  Don't have any bacon, leave it out or substitute for a vegetable.  Frozen broccoli would be great in here.  

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Spicy Beef and Macaroni Tomato Soup:  Nothing beats a pot of steaming soup on a cold winter night. - Slice of Southern

3.  Spicy Beef and Macaroni Tomato Soup

A satisfying soup that features macaroni, marinara sauce, and diced tomatoes.  Don't have macaroni, any pasta shape will do.  Perfect for that ground beef you have stashed in the freezer, but ground turkey will work as well.

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Orzo Black Bean Salad:  Imagine tender, earthy black beans tossed with al dente orzo pasta and fresh vegetables and then doused with a fresh spicy lime dressing!  Heaven!  - Slice of Southern

4.  Orzo Black Bean Salad

A great side dish or main meal.  This recipe can put to use orzo, or any small shaped pasta, along with canned items such as black beans and corn.  Don't have black beans, use any type of beans.

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5.  Wild Mushroom Ravioli Lasagna

A one pot meal made in your skillet on the stove-top.  Can't get much more comforting than a lasagna made super easy with ravioli.  Any type of ravioli will due here.  Just as some marinara or any type sauce and some ricotta cheese and dinner is done!

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Rice



This Lighter Burrito Bowl will help you keep your New Year's Resolution!  The bold Mexican flavors will have you loving this homemade dish 1000x more than any takeout joint! - Slice of Southern

6. Lighter Burrito Bowl

Perfect with any type of rice, long grain, brown, instant...they all work here.  Plus this is a great use of the stashed ground turkey, chicken, or beef you have in the freezer.  Add a can of black or pinto beans, and some fresh tomatoes and seasonings and you have one heck of a meal!




Chicken, Broccoli, and Cheddar Rice Bowl:  Comfort food at it's best with steaming chicken, melted ooey gooey cheese with some steamed broccoli thrown in for good measure! - Slice of Southern

7.  Chicken, Broccoli, and Cheddar Rice Bowls

Full of flavor and perfect with the use of shredded chicken that is leftover or from the freezer.  Frozen broccoli is perfect in the dish as well, but you can substitute with any frozen or fresh veggies you like.

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8.  Cilantro Chicken Rice and Beans

Rice takes on a great base to this skillet meal that includes canned beans, chicken and some great zesty flavors.  A skillet meal with pizzazz!

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9.  Bruschetta Chicken Rice Bowl

Bring in a mix of pasta and rice in a pilaf topped with shredded or diced chicken.  Fresh tomatoes along with some garlic go a long way to making this dish stand out.

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10.  Mediterranean Chicken and Rice

In the style of a stir fry this dish comes together quickly with chicken or pork, or even beef along with some canned tomatoes and fresh zucchini, all over rice. A favorite dish of ours.

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Beans


Everyone needs a basic chili recipe and this one that features ground turkey, beans, and a blend of spices will knock your socks off! - Slice of Southern

11.  Easy Homemade Turkey Chili Recipe

The BEST tasting basic recipe for chili ever!  This puts to use your ground turkey, but you can used whatever ground meat you have.  Perfect with canned items such as beans and tomatoes.  Add a bunch of pantry spices and you have a meal good enough for a crowd!

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Homemade Minestrone Soup: Hearty vegetables and beans that are simmered in a chicken tomato broth and spiced just right with wonderful Italian herbs.  Slice of Southern

12.  Homemade Minestrone Soup
A great Italian soup that uses those canned items we love...beans and tomatoes.  Use frozen a frozen vegetable mix if you don't have fresh ones, and any pasta shape will work here.  It's a heartwarming soup that will keep you satisfied.

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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Stew: Warm and inviting, this thick and hearty stew will have you rubbing your tummy and going back for more! - Slice of Southern

13.  Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Stew

Let your slow cooker do the work and give you that all day long flavor builder without all the hassle.  This utilizes chicken breasts or thighs, canned tomatoes, and beans with a host of Italian spices.  You'll have one easy meal without much fuss.

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14.  Easy Beef Wet Burritos

These can easily be made with any ground meat you have in your freezer.  Using refried beans from a can is a nice twist but if you don't have those, use a pinto or black bean and mash them up.  For the sauce, any type of enchilada sauce or El Patio red sauce will do...or leave the sauce off!  They are delicious anyway you fix them.

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15.  Borracho Chicken

The slow cooker to the rescue once again with this easy but tasty Latin dish.  With the use of canned pinto, or any type of beans, and some chicken and tequila you will have a hearty meal to serve with rice, quinoa, or faro if you have it.

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Remember, the key here is to be flexible when cooking. Substitute items freely. Skip any minor ingredients that you may not have and keep focus on the main ingredients!



Sunday, March 22, 2020

Baking Day: Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread

You be feeling the tropical breezes with this wonderful banana bread that is loaded with fresh blueberries and tropical coconut.


It's Baking Day! Try my tender and fluffy Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread. One bite won't be enough! - Slice of Southern



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I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this crisis. Things are certainly changing day by day.  Who would have thought that two weeks ago we were all concerned about the bachelor finale and now look at it.  I am personally in day 7 of self-isolation.  My company issued a work from home order on Monday and by Thursday the state of California ordered a Safer at Home mandate.  

My better half works in an "essential" industry and still has to go in to work daily.  This is making for a strange environment since he has contact with people daily.  

So what do you do when you have to stay at home everyday?  Even with all the anxiety we try and live a normal life.  We are being very cautious but are still trying to have fun everyday to lighten the load.  We have both been doing dance exercising on YouTube which is a lot of fun, and the exercise helps your immune system, and taking walks in the neighborhood has never been so popular!  

Another thing I find that is fun is cooking together.  We have been making a lot of creative dishes lately using pantry items.  Today we decided that it was "baking day".  We wanted to make something that would last a while and made a good amount.  A quick bread was in order.  Quick breads are wonderful as they can be made without a mixer and in one or two bowls max!  It's really like a muffin in loaf form.  Super simple to make and really can be made with pantry items.  Which brings me to today's recipe for this superb quick bread.

It's Baking Day! Try my tender and fluffy Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread. One bite won't be enough! - Slice of Southern

BLUEBERRY COCONUT BANANA BREAD

This is a wonderful banana bread that is loaded with fresh blueberries and tropical coconut.  I used brown sugar in this bread for a deeper flavor, but you can use white sugar if you prefer.  


It's Baking Day! Try my tender and fluffy Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread. One bite won't be enough! - Slice of Southern

Oh what a heavenly bread this turned out to be!  You know that moment when you bite into a tender and fluffy piece of Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread and a warm blueberry bursts in your mouth?…. Hands down, one of the greatest experiences known to man!

This quick bread should last you several days on the counter, and a few more in the refrigerator (if it lasts that long).  Doubling the recipe is always a good idea, then you can freeze one loaf for another time.  It freezes really well, and if you slice it before freezing you can take out portions for a quick snack or grab and go breakfast.


It's Baking Day! Try my tender and fluffy Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread. One bite won't be enough! - Slice of Southern

So "baking day" was a major success.  We had a lot of fun making this quick bread, and I hope you will to!  Even the kids will enjoy getting involved.

Enjoy and stay safe!









Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread

makes: 1 loaf

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
2 large eggs, beaten
1¼ cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)

1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup milk
1 cup fresh blueberries



    Instructions:

    Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

    In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt, sugar, and 1/3 cup of coconut.

    In a medium bowl, mix together banana, oil, vanilla, milk, and beaten eggs.  Mix until well blended.   Add wet ingredients to the dry and stir just until combined.  Fold in the blueberries, saving several for the top of the bread.  

    Pour batter in the prepared pan and top with remaining blueberries and coconut.

    Bake 50 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when tested.  (note: you may need to place a sheet of foil over the top of the bread during that last 15 minutes to avoid over browning.) Cool in pan for at least 15 minutes and then remove loaf from pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely.



    It's Baking Day! Try my tender and fluffy Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread. One bite won't be enough! - Slice of Southern
    It's Baking Day! Try my tender and fluffy Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread. One bite won't be enough! - Slice of Southern


    Saturday, March 14, 2020

    Apple Ginger Scones

    Scones filled with sweet apples and bits of spicy ginger that are soft on the inside, and a little crispy on the outside. The best way to start your day!


    Scones filled with sweet apples and bits of spicy ginger that are soft on the inside, and a little crispy on the outside. The best way to start your day! - Slice of Southern


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    I feel the need to talk a little about the conditions surrounding our country right now.  The coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading and 2 days ago my state of California and my county of Los Angeles have declared a state/city emergencies.  In fact the president declared a national emergency yesterday which opened up funds to help fight this quickly spreading and devastating virus.  Needless to say everyone is in high anxiety mode.  I'm sure you've seen the lines at costco (#toiletpaperapocolypse).  And it is true that the grocery store shelves are bare.



    I'm not a person who panics, so I must say that when I did try to go buy some groceries for dinner this weekend I was surprised to find I was a day late and a dollar short on getting some chicken. ALL the meat, with the exception of a few expensive steaks, and some stew meat were gone!  I went to two stores last night and it's the same everywhere.  So I guess we'll just be eating a decadent steak dinner for now.  

    So I know this is scary, but really we will survive this.  We don't have to stock up for months on end.  The stores will re-stock and we'll all get food.  In the meantime think of making dishes that stretch.  Casseroles, soups/stews, enchiladas, pastas, and roasts are all good to make and have around for several days.  Here's where batch cooking can really come in handy.  Make one to serve now and freeze one for a future meal to have on hand.  Soups are great frozen and are easy to make.  Enchiladas and lasagna also freeze well.  So keep  trying to plug through this.  Relax and enjoy a movie, binge watch TV shows, or read a good book.  This too will pass.

    Today's recipe is a great baked item that makes a large quantity, so you can have them throughout the week, or freeze them for a later date.  Be safe and be well.

    So on to today's blog post.

    APPLE GINGER SCONES


    The best part of any morning is eating a hot pastry!  Today I'm bringing you a wonderful scone filled with natures best apples and a bit of spice.  I wanted to get this too you while the apple picking in the stores is still good.


    Scones filled with sweet apples and bits of spicy ginger that are soft on the inside, and a little crispy on the outside. The best way to start your day! - Slice of Southern

    The first tip to making these scones outstanding is that you want to make sure you get a really flavorful apple.  There are a lot that would work such as, granny smith, honeycrisp, or fuji, but I chose Envy apples as my pick.  The are soooo delish!  Apples paired with bits of ginger are a wonderfully warm combination.  We will be using candied ginger bits that you can pick up at any store or buy them here, as well as apple pie spice. The flavors will pop in your mouth from the first bite!

    We will be using my Basic Scone Recipe and with some additions to that to create this variation.  One bite of a warm scone will convince you that these are some of the best scones you've ever had.  They bring you that warm homey feeling that instantly says "comfort", and you can't beat that! 


    Scones filled with sweet apples and bits of spicy ginger that are soft on the inside, and a little crispy on the outside. The best way to start your day! - Slice of Southern

    These are easy to prepare, and are made with butter.  The process of cutting butter into your flour is what makes the dough moist, light, and fluffy.  One tip is to grate the butter on a cheese grater instead of cutting the stick into small chunks.  This makes the work easier, and then you just need to cut the butter into the flour using a pastry cutter until pea sized pieces form.  Then the rest comes together quickly and you'll have fresh hot scones in no time.

    Tools needed to make scones:


    Scones filled with sweet apples and bits of spicy ginger that are soft on the inside, and a little crispy on the outside. The best way to start your day! - Slice of Southern


    Have a hot pastry this weekend and enjoy!







    Apple Ginger Scones


    Yield: 12 scones


    3 cups all purpose flour
    3 tbsp sugar
    1/2 tsp salt
    4 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp apple pie spice
    3/4 cup butter (cold)
    1/3 cup crystalized ginger bits
    2 medium-sized apples, peeled and small dice
    1 egg
    1 cup whole milk

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

    Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl and combine, including the apple pie spice.

    Using a pastry cutter cut cold butter into flour mixture until there are pea-sized pieces of butter throughout. (Note: you can grate your very cold butter and then cut it into the flour.)

    Add the milk and egg and fold in the diced apple and candied ginger.  Mix until just combined.

    Remove the dough to a generously floured work surface and knead just til it comes together. Pat the dough out to two separate 3/4-1 inch thick round discs and cut into triangle wedges.

    Place the scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for several minutes. Serve warm.




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    Scones filled with sweet apples and bits of spicy ginger that are soft on the inside, and a little crispy on the outside. The best way to start your day! - Slice of Southern



    Scones filled with sweet apples and bits of spicy ginger that are soft on the inside, and a little crispy on the outside. The best way to start your day! - Slice of Southern






    Monday, March 2, 2020

    Easy Homemade Turkey Chili Recipe

    Everyone needs a basic chili recipe and this one that features ground turkey, beans, and a blend of spices will knock your socks off!



    Everyone needs a basic chili recipe and this one that features ground turkey, beans, and a blend of spices will knock your socks off! - Slice of Southern

    Whenever we have a large crowd over for a party or game night, chili is always a good idea.  Everyone loves it and it is easy to make!

    This recipe is a healthier version using ground turkey however, you may use ground beef as well.  Whatever meat you choose the end result will be spectacular.  With a combination of kidney and black beans, tomatoes, and spices this chili is bursting with flavor.  It's the chili we make the most because of the flavors.


    Everyone needs a basic chili recipe and this one that features ground turkey, beans, and a blend of spices will knock your socks off! - Slice of Southern

    All you need for this one pot dish is a dutch oven.  You can even choose to make this in a slow cooker if you like.  I've included notations on that method as well.

    This dish is wonderful as a causal dinner.  All you have to do is set it up buffet style with the chili in the dutch oven, and lay out bowls of toppings.  People can serve themselves and make their chili personalized with the toppings.  Very easy...I just love that!



    Everyone needs a basic chili recipe and this one that features ground turkey, beans, and a blend of spices will knock your socks off! - Slice of Southern

    Toppings to serve with chili

    • Fritos
    • Tortilla Chips
    • Cornbread
    • Avocados
    • Diced Onions
    • Corn Salsa
    • Grated cheese
    • Sour cream
    • Chopped green onions
    • Sliced jalapeƱos
    Everyone needs a basic chili recipe and this one that features ground turkey, beans, and a blend of spices will knock your socks off! - Slice of Southern





    Easy Homemade Turkey Chili Recipe

    serve 6
    double recipe for a large crowd


    1/2 yellow onion, small dice
    1 Tbsp. canola oil
    1 lb ground turkey
    1 29 oz. can crushed tomatoes

    1 14 oz. cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    1 14 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 1/2  Tbsp. cumin
    2 Tbsp. chili powder
    1 tsp. garlic powder
    1/2 tsp. black pepper
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. paprika

    Instructions


    In a 5- 6 qt dutch oven over medium high heat, add the oil.  Once hot add the onions and saute 5-7 minutes until translucent. Add the ground turkey and cook until browned, chopping the meat as it cooks for about 7 minutes.

    Add the tomatoes, beans, and all the spices. Stir thoroughly.  Turn up the heat to high and bring it to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

    Serve with your favorite toppings.  

    Slow Cooker Instructions: Cook onions and brown ground turkey in a skillet then add to the slow cooker.  Add all the other ingredients, and cook for 6-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high.




    Everyone needs a basic chili recipe and this one that features ground turkey, beans, and a blend of spices will knock your socks off! - Slice of Southern

    Everyone needs a basic chili recipe and this one that features ground turkey, beans, and a blend of spices will knock your socks off! - Slice of Southern


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