It's time for some fun recipes that feature pantry staples! Here are three of my favorites...
- 1 pound ziti, dry - plain or whole wheat
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 pound extra-lean ground turkey breast
- 26 ounces low-sodium pasta sauce
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cook ziti according to package directions. Drain in colander and rinse lightly.
- Heat oil in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onion until golden, about 3 minutes. Add the ground turkey and cook until no longer pink, about 8 minutes.
- Add the sauce. Bring sauce to a boil, then add the cooked noodles.
- Place the ziti mixture in a large baking pan. Top with cheese and oregano. Bake until cheese is melted and casserole is heated through, about 20 minutes.
- Serve hot.
This dish goes very well with a fresh green salad.
Vegetarian Chili Pot:
- 1 cup instant brown rice
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can diced tomatoes, no-added-salt
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoons dried minced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized microwave container.
- Cover and microwave on high for 12 minutes.
- Stir and serve hot.
Drain and rinse those beans before adding them to your dish. No one likes slimy beans!
Dorm Room Mac and Cheese:
- 1 box macaroni and cheese
- 1 can no-salt-added peas (can also use frozen)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup grated or matchsticks carrots, raw
- 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, or use a packet that you pick up at a pizza place
- Place 2 cups of water in a large glass bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Add the noodles from the macaroni and cheese box and cook on medium for 6 minutes.
- Add the carrots and peas and cook 1-2 more minutes. Drain and add the milk and half the cheese mix. Stir and cook 1 minute.
- Top with Parmesan cheese
Use the rest of the matchsticks carrots by mixing them with vanilla or plain yogurt and raisins to make a carrot salad.
Consider adding one can of low-sodium tuna in water -- simply drain it and add the tuna with the milk!
Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.