QUICK MEALS FROM THE PANIC PANTRY
For days when you are just too tired to shop after work; for times when an unexpected friend arrives for dinner; or for days when you just want food on the table, in a hurry – a well-stocked Panic Pantry has the basics for quick nourishing meals, right from your pantry, fridge, and freezer. While the following list seems long, most of you probably have many of these ingredients on your own Panic Pantry.
When you want soup that takes just a few minute to heat, and just a little better than canned, see how you can jazz up the ordinary with ingredients from your Panic Pantry….. just below the checklist.
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☐ Canned soups
☐ Chicken broth
☐ Canned tuna and salmon
☐ Canned beans – black and pinto
☐ No-boil lasagna noodles
☐ Noodles and pasta
☐ Marinara sauce
☐ Canned salsa, hot sauce, soy sauce
☐ Canned tomatoes, diced
☐ Garlic and Onions
☐ Olive and vegetable oils
☐ Fresh spices and herbs
☐ Shredded cheese
☐ Shredded carrots
☐ Mustard and ketchup
☐ Frozen mixed vegetables
☐ Frozen spinach and peas
☐ Frozen diced potatoes
☐ Shrimp and fish
JAZZED UP CANNED TOMATO SOUP
Jazz up an ordinary can of Campbell’s condensed Tomato Soup (Local by adding half a can of petite-diced tomatoes. Instead of adding a can of water, add a can of milk instead.
Prepare a home-style chicken vegetable soup starting with a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup. In a saucepan add ½ cup of water and 2/3 of a cup of frozen mixed vegetables. Let cook for about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the canned soup and ¾ of a can of water and bring to a boil. Serve with crackers.
BETTER CHINESE RAMEN SOUP
Noodles: 1 package ramen noodle soup or Trader Joe’s Somen Noodle package or ordinary egg noodles, cooked.
Sauce: Soy Sauce to taste, a tablespoon or so of vinegar (rice or apple), chile-garlic sauce to taste (or any hot sauce plus a clove of minced garlic) along with a tablespoon or two of ketchup. Include some grated ginger if you have it. Mix the sauce ingredients together with 1/3 cup of water and let simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Add a couple of drops of roasted sesame oil and mix with the cooked noodles.
You can always add a quick sauté of any leftover chicken, scallions, and even chopped lettuce to the noodles mix
For a variety of Ramen type noodles and sauces:
- 99 Ranch Market. 6450 N. Sepulveda Blvd., corner Victory, Van Nuys, CA 91411. (818) 988-7899. Large Chinese market with low prices. http://www.99ranch.com/
- Trader Joe’s. http://www.traderjoes.com)
Best buys for canned soups:
- Target Fresh Grocery stores 10820 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230, (310) 839-5200 http://www.target.com
- 99 Cents Stores. Check out the Venice store at 241 Lincoln Blvd at Rose, next to Whole Foods. http://www.99only.com/