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Using PANTRY COOKING to Save Time Planning and Preparing Meals

    Feeding yourself and your family well in a short amount of time doesnít just happen. You have to plan and prepare.
    Making a menu of dinner meals for at least a week will save both time and money. Use Pantry Cooking to make your menu. Start by making a list of recipes from Pantry Cooking that your family likes. Next, make a list of ingredients for all those recipes. Then, shop for those items and, finally, stock your pantry. Be sure to keep the pantry stocked by having an ongoing shopping list of items to be replaced. To save even more time and money, stock up on those items when they go on sale.
    You donít even have to make a menu when you use the recipes in Pantry Cooking to make your grocery list. Just keep a list of the recipes you have ingredients for and dinner can be chosen and made at the last minute!
    For a list of extra quick recipes found in Pantry Cooking and in the archives of, go to Cooking Without Power.

    Hereís a sample list of quick dinner meals from Pantry Cooking and the grocery list to go with it.

Main Dish Side Dish
Noodled Tuna Patties
Sausage and Corn
Turkey Bulgur Pilaf
Tuna Chow Mein
Mexican Beans and Chicken
Extra Quick Tuna Rarebit
Mexican Vegetable Soup
Pork and Bean Soup
Quick Supper Soup
Corn Chowder
Pineapple Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans and Mushrooms
Italian Beans
Sweet and Sour Beets
Tex Mex Rice
Stewed Tomatoes and Corn
Cinnamon Pineapple
Cranberry Applesauce
Ambrosia Salad
Mixed Fruit Compote


Grocery List for 10 days of dinners  
5 (5 ounce) tuna
2 (5 ounce) Vienna sausage
1 (10-12 ounce) turkey
1 (5 ounce) chicken
2 (5 ounce) ham
2 (15 ounce) whole potatoes
1 (15 ounce) diced potatoes
3 (15 ounce) whole kernel corn
1 (15 ounce) gold and white corn
1 (15 ounce) cream style corn
1 (15 ounce) Chow Mein vegetables
2 (4 ounce) sliced mushrooms
1 (15 ounce) sliced carrots
1 (15 ounce) sliced beets
1 (15 ounce) cut green beans
1 (15 ounce) Italian green beans
2 (29 ounce) sweet potatoes
1 (15 ounce) Mexican style stewed tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) stewed tomatoes
1 (10 ounce) tomatoes with green chilies
1 (15 ounce) diced tomatoes
1 (8 ounce) tomato sauce
Diced pimiento
3 (15 ounce) pinto beans
1 (15 ounce) navy beans
2 (15 ounce) pork and beans
1 (8 ounce) crushed pineapple
1 (8 ounce) pineapple tidbits
1 (15-1/4 ounce) pineapple tidbits
1 (20 ounce) pineapple chunks
1 (15 ounce) whole cranberry sauce
1 (23 ounce) natural applesauce
1 (11 ounce) Mandarin oranges
1 (15 ounce) apricot halves
1 (15 ounce) sliced or diced pears
1 (15 ounce) sliced peaches
Lemon juice
1 (14 ounce) chicken broth
Chicken bouillon granules
2 condensed Cream of Celery soup
1 condensed reduced fat Cream of Celery soup
2 condensed Cheddar Cheese soup
3 ounces fideo pasta
6 ounces bulgur
Chow Mein noodles
Dry bread crumbs
Soy sauce
Worcestershire sauce
Almond extract
Vegetable oil
Bacon bits
Sliced almonds
Flaked coconut
Dried onion
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Dried minced garlic
Chili powder
Powdered cumin
Leaf oregano
Parsley flakes
Dry mustard
Bay leaf
Ground ginger

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