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    16 Easy Meals You Can Make Using What's Already In Your Kitchen

    Low on fresh groceries? Don't sweat it.

    Cooking an actually satisfying dinner doesn't have to require lots of fancy, fresh ingredients. Here are some quick, no-fuss yet tasty meals you can whip up using mostly pantry items and frozen foods.

    1. 15-Minute Peanut Noodles

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    Most of the ingredients you'll need for this Asian-inspired noodle dish like sesame oil, peanut butter, coconut milk, and tamari are non-perishable and sitting right in your pantry. Get the recipe for 15-minute peanut noodles here.

    The vast majority of these ingredients come right from a can and don't have to be refrigerated. So look no further than your pantry to throw together these rice bowls topped with corn, sweet potato, roasted red pepper, and black beans. Get the recipe for sweet potato and black bean burrito bowls here.

    3. Frozen Fish Stick Tacos

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    We have two words: Freaking genius. Get the recipe for frozen fish stick tacos here.

    4. One-Pot Creamy Tomato Soup With Tortellini

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    Let us fill you in on a little secret: You can make this decadent soup recipe with almost no effort whatsoever. Just buy your favorite canned, creamy tomato soup (like Campbell's) and add store-bought cheese-filled tortellini. Garnish with salt, pepper, and olive oil, and dig in. Get the recipe for creamy tomato soup with tortellini here.

    5. Mediterranean Chickpea Stew

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    Canned chickpeas, frozen spinach, and non-perishable vegetable broth form the base of this hearty stew. Throw in some spices from your pantry and you've got a seriously delicious dinner. You can even make a big batch and save the leftovers for another night. Get the recipe for Mediterranean chickpea stew here.

    6. Sheet Pan Honey Chipotle Cauliflower Tacos

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    Besides for cauliflower florets, which can be fresh or frozen, all the other ingredients for these tacos can be kept in the pantry. After all, you'll just need tortillas, chickpeas, canned chipotles in adobo, honey, and avocado. Get the recipe for sheet pan honey chipotle cauliflower tacos here.

    7. Old Bay Shrimp Scampi Pasta

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    Since this flavorful pasta recipe calls for no dairy, you don't have to worry about having milk or cream on hand. The recipe calls for raw shrimp, but you can absolutely use frozen ones. Then, all you need is white wine, garlic, Old Bay seasoning, and your go-to pasta. Get the recipe for Old Bay shrimp scampi pasta here.

    8. Artichoke Olive Naan Pizza

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    Start with frozen or store-bought naan or flatbread. Then top it with pesto, canned olives and artichokes, pine nuts, and whatever other ingredients you have on hand. Get the recipe for artichoke and olive naan pizza here.

    9. 15-Minute Canned Tuna Pasta

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    Garlic, olive oil, canned tuna fish, spaghetti, and lemon juice is really all you need for this no-fuss pasta. Extra points if you have parsley on hand, but it's certainly not a crucial addition. Get the recipe for canned tuna pasta here.

    10. 20-Minute Black Bean Soup

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    Canned diced tomatoes, canned black beans, diced green chiles, frozen corn, and vegetable broth form the bulk of this savory soup recipe. You can dress it up with anything from jalapeño to tortilla chips. Get the recipe for 20-minute black bean soup here

    11. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas

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    Cheese is always a nice touch, but you don't really need it, thanks to sweet potatoes that get seriously creamy when roasted. You can always add sliced avocado for even more decadence. Get the recipe for roasted sweet potato and black bean quesadillas here.

    12. Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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    Roasted sweet potatoes are stuffed with a filling made from quinoa, sun-dried tomatoes, canned chickpeas, olives, and fresh or frozen spinach. Drizzle on some tahini or even just a squeeze of lemon and enjoy. Get the recipe for Mediterranean quinoa stuffed sweet potatoes here.

    13. Salmon Fried Rice / Via Just One Cookbook

    Canned salmon + rice + frozen vegetables = a meal you'll wish you thought of sooner. Get the recipe for salmon fried rice here.

    14. Tuna Avocado and Macaroni Salad

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    You can play around with the ingredients and add your own touch depending on what's in your kitchen. The only essential ingredients are your favorite pasta, canned tuna, avocado, and mayo. Get the recipe for tuna avocado macaroni salad here.

    15. Gnocchi With Tomato Sauce

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    Always keep a package of store-bought gnocchi on hand. Paired with your favorite canned tomato sauce, you've got a satisfying dinner. If you have cheese or fresh or frozen veggies on hand, go ahead and add those too. Get the recipe for gnocchi with tomato sauce here.

    16. Creamy Garlic and White Bean Soup

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    Thanks to cashew milk, lots of garlic, canned navy beans, and vegetable broth, the essential ingredients for this creamy and thick soup are non-perishable. You can add fresh or frozen vegetables, but they're not essential. Get the recipe for creamy garlic and white bean soup here.