PICTURE THIS: Outside the weather is only half-a-step away from a full-scale biblical storm. Your stomach is growling with hunger, but you haven't been shopping all week. And then a little voice says ‘mum, what’s for dinner?’
Panic not, we’ve come up with some of our favourite recipes that just rely on the ingredients we always have hanging around waiting to finally be used.
Reliable items like:
- Cans of beans – think cannellini, kidney and mixed
We’ve always got them. So here’s what glorious store cupboard dinners you can conjure up…
Lentil, chickpea and spinach curry
Make the most of all those cans of chickpeas you’ve been hoarding with this deliciously easy dinner. Providing 2 of your 5 a day with wholesome veg and pulses, this hearty lentil, chickpea and spinach curry only uses one pan so you’ll save on washing up too.
Crispy sausage rigatoni
Full of smoky barbecue flavours – this crispy sausage rigatoni just needs a splash of all those store cupboard condiments (think Worcestershire sauce, mustard and ketchup). Yum.
Tuna and bean salad
This tuna and bean salad couldn’t be easier. A five ingredient, low-fat salad, that looks great and tastes even better. And we bet you won’t even need to go shopping to get the ingredients as you’re bound to have them already.
Tomato and lentil bolognese
A great alternative to the classic Bolognese sauce and perfect for vegetarians, too. You can knock this tomato and lentil number up in 30 minutes and it will be perfect for lunch the next day, too.
Cheese and red onion baked omelette
The traditional British pairing of cheese and onion adds a new dimension to this tortilla-style omelette. Don’t have any Cheshire? Just substitute for whatever cheese you have to hand.
Vegetable and lentil soup
Filling and cheap as chips – make a big batch of this hearty veg and lentil soup and take it to work for a great packed lunch option.
These Welsh cheesecakes have no cheese! Cheeky blighters. Instead this is a quick recipe for jam-filled cakes that makes an easy tea time treat using store cupboard staples.
If it's raining outside, is there anything better than doing a bit of baking? But if it's raining, you definitely don't want to be venturing outside. These easy ginger flapjacks are made with oats, butter, golden syrup and ginger. If you don't have stem ginger in the house you could even omit from the recipe and it will still taste great.