Monday, February 8, 2010

Quick Pantry Savers for Great Lent

I'm inviting you to a party, and hope you contribute!

Although our ideal is to eat locally grown, non-processed, whole food as much as possible; our reality sometimes betrays that. Especially my reality, which can be a little forgetful.

I thought, wouldn't it be nice to have ingredients for several easy meals waiting in the pantry or freezer. Then, on those days that get hectic and I can't soak and cook beans in time for dinner, we have some sure-fire savers to fall back on.

Here's an example: Black Bean Mexican Soup

Ingredients = 3 cans from the pantry

Pour them into a pot.

Add a few dashes of cumin and garlic powder.

Simmer for 20 minutes and pour into bowls.

This serves our small family of 4 (the kids are 2 yrs. and 6 yrs.), but could be easily doubled or tripled. If I have time I make cornbread as an accompaniment, but pre-made tortillas work just as well.

I need more recipes like this to have as a safety net during the Great Fast. Do you have any ideas to share? Just post a blog about it in the next week, and let me know the link. I'll compile all the links into one post for a "Quick Pantry Saver" party!


  1. I don't have any contributions, but what a helpful post. Thanks for sharing.

  2. we are so sisters! for dinner tonight we had something similar: 1 can pinto beans, 1 can black beans, 1 can diced tomatoes; add a couple of bay leaves and sprigs of sage - serve over rice.

  3. Yum! I make a soup like that, too, only mine uses corn and some salsa :)

  4. I make something very similar to this as well. It's good to have things like this to fall back on!