(Closed) Easy and Yummy Recipes & Common Ingredients You Stock Up On

posted 5 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I always stock up on pasta. Here’s super easy quick recipe.

Pasta e Olio Recipe

1 pound spaghetti

2 teaspoons chopped garlic

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup melted butter

  • In a large pot with boiling salted water cook spaghetti pasta until al dente. Drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet over low heat saute garlic, parsley, and red pepper flakes with olive oil . Cook until garlic turns golden in color, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Toss pasta with garlic mixture and butter or margarine. Serve warm.

Post # 4
1010 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We’ve been stocking up on bags of white rice (yay for buy-one-get-one-free deals at the store). We’ve also been buying alfredo sauces (mushroom, 4-cheese, and other variations), chicken and beef boullion, and cans of stuff like mushrooms, okra, spinach, cut carrots, green beans, and more.

I generally cook about 2 cups of rice in a LARGE bowl, with 4 cups of water in the microwave for about 15-20 minutes (I add about 3 cubes of boullion). Stir it all up, then add a jar of alfredo sauce and a can of mushrooms, and a can of something else, like spinach or whatever veggie we want. Sometimes I add seasonings like chili powder or pepper, for some kick, mix it all together, and serve it up. It’s easy, dirties up a minimal amount of cookware, makes quite a bit, and usually have plenty for leftovers.

We also stock up on frozen chicken breasts, frozen salisbury steaks (for those lazy nights), and sometimes a few frozen pizzas (for the REALLY lazy nights!). Cool

Post # 6
1112 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t really use recipes, but some things I always stay stocked on:

Pasta (we like penne)

Chicken/vegetable stock

Frozen vegetables (we like green peppers and broccoli)

Canned veggies for quick sides (peas cooked with butter, carrots with caramelized glaze)

White onions

Frozen chicken breasts

Frozen hamburger meat

Red beans

Feta, mozzarella, cheddar cheeses (you can freeze shredded cheese but not feta)




A really quick “recipe” is to combine a pasta, a meat, a veggie, and a cheese. Simple and always yummy. Can’t go wrong.

Post # 8
1112 posts
Bumble bee

@Cynderbug:  Yeah cream of *blank* soups are a must for us, too. You can make anything really quickly with them. I use alot of chicken, celery, and mushroom.

Post # 9
9671 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I stock up on beans a lot.  Because I use them in so many things (veggie burgers, burritos, soups, chili, etc).

I stock up on butter when it’s on sale ($2….awesome!) and flour because I bake a lot and make all our bread.

You can’t really stock up on these, but I buy sweet potatoes all the time.

Anything I regularly use that’s on sale I’ll buy extra if it’s a really good deal.  Example would be shredded cheese, sometimes the grocery store has them buy one get one free.  So I’ll buy multiples.

Post # 10
598 posts
Busy bee

Awesome post. Bump

Post # 12
9671 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Cynderbug:  I never thought about making your own.  Do you know how much it makes?  A pint of cream is about the same $ as a lb of butter in my experience.

Post # 13
3565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My fav. quick meal:

Frozen boneless chicken breasts

Stove Top stuffing

1 can on chicken gravy

I use a 9X13 casserole dish lined with non-stick Reynolds Wrap. 

Place a teaspoon of butter/margarine in the four corners of the dish and in the center of the dish. Add dry Stove Top stuffing out of the box.  Add the amount of water it says on directions of the box.  Lightly spread to cover the bottom of the casserole dish. 

Place frozen chicken breasts on top.

Put in oven at 350 for 20 minutes.

Pour gravy on top and place back in oven for another 10-15 minutes or until chicken is done.

Clean up is a breeze, just throw out the tin foil.  No scrubbing the dish!! 🙂

My favorite healthy meal: Fajitas

Whole wheat tortillas

beef or chicken

veggies (bell peppers, onions)

Fajita seasoning

taco sauce

Saute meat and veggies and add fajita seasoning, warm the tortillas in the oven, make your fajita, and add some taco sauce.

Post # 14
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Our pantry is always stocked with spaghetti just in case we want a quick meal. We are also stocked up on our chili spices so when we want that,  I just need to go to the store and buy ground turkey and onion. Finally,  we have a 25 lb of jasmine rice, so we just buy whatever meat we want for the night to sautee and enjoy. 

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