Basics in My Cupboard - TT #20

As a follow up to Basics in My Refrigerator, here are thirteen basic items found in my cupboard, that help me create quick and frugal meals.

1. A good basic cookbook.
If you aren't accustomed to cooking a lot from scratch, you need to start with a cookbook that has the basics. My favorite is an older edition of the Settlement Cookbook, but there are other good ones out there. You may be surprised how quick and easy it is to make many things from scratch.

2. Tomato sauce.
Not spaghetti sauce, not pizza sauce, just plain old tomato sauce. It really is very easy to add spices for spaghetti, pizza, soups, or other tomato based things. If you need to thicken it a bit, add a can of tomato paste.

3. Spaghetti
A kid pleaser, and very easy to cook.

4. Peanut butter
Of course.

5. Ramen noodles
Hey, they worked in college didn't they?

6. Flour
Make a quick meal of pancakes, add biscuits to your dinner, or make your own pizza dough, it all starts with flour.

7. Cornmeal
Cornbread is a favorite around here.

8. Canned tuna
For quick sandwiches or tuna and noodles.

9. Rice
So many different ways to use it!

10. Refried beans
Though they taste wonderful when you make them yourself, I always keep a can of refried beans in the cupboard too. They become bean dip, tacos, or quesadillas.

11. Mixed vegetables.
Fresh or frozen vegetables are my preference, but the canned mixed ones are great for throwing together a quick meal. Add them to tomato sauce with some leftover roast for vegetable soup. Add them to leftover chicken with a can of mushroom soup, and top with biscuits for an easy and delicious meal.

12. Macaroni and cheese.
Yes, in a box. I know I know. It is that hard to make from scratch, but sometimes old habits die hard, and the boxed stuff is really cheap!

13. Corned beef hash.
Ya know the stuff that looks like cat food coming out of the can. What can I say? My kids love it!

What are some of your cupboard staples for quick and easy meals?

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