Thursday, February 13, 2020

Quick Pantry Fixes

Some days we just don't feel like cooking.  Some days we are busy.  Some days our pantries are getting low on supplies.  Some days we have don't have money to shop.  Some days we just need a new idea!!!!
Here are a few quick fixes from the pantry for your someday!

1 lb. ground beef (or whatever ground you have)
1 pkg. stuffing mix (like Stovetop or cheap brand or home mix)
1 C water
Mix all three ingredients together and form into  muffin tins.  Bake at 375* for about 35 minutes.  Nice size for individual servings and easy to freeze.
**Slice horizontally to make leftover meatloaf sandwiches!!!

Approx. 1 lb. ground meat - depending on whatever else you use
diced peppers, onions, etc.
1 can baked beans or chili beans (or whatever you have)
1 pkg. taco seasoning (or equivalent home mix)
1 can corn - drained
****Seriously you can add together whatever you have available**** No strict rules here!!!
Fry up meat and fresh veggies - add others (all in a cast iron skillet)

1 pkg. cornbread mix
1 egg
1/3 C milk
Mix these 3 together and pour over all over the other ingredients.  Bake at 350* for about 20 minutes until top is browned.
Super easy and cheap one pot meal.

1 pack of Martha White muffin mix - 7.4 oz. (or other brands) - comes in so many flavors
2/3 C milk
1 egg
Blend together and make as normal pancakes.  Makes about 7 regular size pancakes.

Lightly grease your muffin tins.
Mix together:
1/2 C Bisquick or similar mix
1/2 C milk
2 eggs
Place about 1 Tablespoon of mixture in each muffin spot (normal size muffin) more if using giant muffin tins
Top mixture with about 1/4 cup of leftovers you have - taco meat, chili, stew, beefy cheese mac, broccoli/cheese, you name it - there are no limits to what can be added!!!  Clean out that frig.!!!!!!!
Top with another tablespoon of biscuit mix
Bake at 375* for about 25 - 30 minutes.
Yummy bites for meal, breakfast, or snack.  Easy to freeze as well.

Hope this helps someone on a busy day or day when the cupboard is getting bare and you need an idea or two.
I always love having easy ideas on hand.  My motto - keep it simple!!!!!!

ENJOY your pantry and have fun!


  1. Last Friday, I didn't have enough leftovers for the two of us, so I gave Hubby the leftover meatloaf and fixed myself a scrambled egg burrito. Scrambled two eggs (should probably have used only one), used sour cream instead of milk (I don't keep milk on hand), added salsa and a torn up piece of deli-style ham (any meat would do). Cooked all in butter (yum!). Layered a flour tortilla with shredded mexican-style cheese and more sour cream and filled with the egg mixture. Very good and very filling for very little cost. Satisfied my craving for mexican-style food, too.
    I gave up Taco Bell (my fast food vice) after I got terribly poor service and crushed food on my last trip there.

    1. Good for you. That sounds wonderful. I love breakfast burritos. All burritos or wraps are so easy and frugal. Hot or cold.
      I love Taco Bell. I got GC's for there for Christmas - I haven't used yet!!

  2. Oh those sound so good to me! Would make easy lunches too. Thanks for the ideas.
    We have been loving your rice a roni mix too.

    1. They would be good for anything meals! I love easy.
      So glad you like the Rice A Roni - I keep that on hand all the time.

  3. Thank you for these, they all sound wonderful, and easy to do.
    I love your blog, thank you for all the good ideas you give your readers.
    Pam in TX.x

    1. Hi Pam. Glad to have you here. Thanks - I am glad you find ideas you can use. The readers all have so much to offer.
      Hope you stick around!

  4. I use that meatloaf recipe to make hamburger steaks in the skillet. Served with gravy (and onions!), they are delicious!

    1. Oh yum. That is a great idea and sound so good. Thanks

  5. Oh my goodness, Cheryl. These are great, I think I'm going to have to make every one. LOL

    1. Good!!!! They are all so easy and there is nothing quite like easy - oh and YUM!

  6. Will the pancake mix work for a waffle?

    1. Well I haven't tried - it may need tweeked a bit. Usually waffle batter is a bit thicker. May have to figure that out - thanks for the idea!