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    31 Groceries From Walmart That’ll Make Weeknight Dinners Incredibly Easy

    For those nights when you want something long on flavor but you're short on time.

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    1. A bag of Barilla tortellini for a pasta dinner that's a step above the classic noodles and sauce, but takes the same amount of time.

    the blue bag of pasta

    Promising review: "I try to keep a couple of packages of Barilla tortellini on hand, but it's so good, it seems to be more and more difficult to keep a stash. It's a bit expensive, but it's worth it as the 'small' bag of pasta expands during cooking AND it tastes delicious."—Jeanne

    Price: $4.48

    2. A can of pink salmon with a surprising amount of uses — fold it into pasta, sprinkle it on top of a salad, or mix it with egg, breadcrumbs, and onion for a salmon cake that'll take ten minutes and change your life forever.

    the pink can of salmon

    Promising review: "I have tried many brands of salmon in a can, but I really do like this one best of all. I especially like the way it is packed and the fact that it is a whole chunk of salmon and not bits and pieces mashed together. I love its texture."—Broncobil

    Price: $3.98

    3. A pack of organic ramen noodles because the uses are basically endless — stick 'em in a soup, a stir-fry, or even cook them up with your favorite pasta sauce!

    the black box of noodles

    Promising review: "Love the quality of these noodles! They are very tender and soft, and work great with any kind of meal. Highly recommend!"—Pablo

    Price: $2.97

    4. A can of coconut cream that you can use for soups, stews, curries, and more to add creaminess and flavor without any dairy.

    The purple can of coconut cream

    Promising review: "Very creamy, smooth and authentic. Great value!"—meg

    Price: $3.38

    5. A box of Banza pasta so delicious, you'd never know that it's gluten free and packed with protein all because it's made out of chickpeas instead of traditional flour.

    the orange box of pasta

    Promising review: "This pasta is a staple in my pantry now! I've been looking for a healthy pasta alternative that actually has a good texture/taste for so long. This one tastes just like normal pasta, and I feel much more full and satisfied after eating."—WalmartCustomer

    Price: $2.88

    6. A can of crushed tomatoes that's way more versatile than just keeping around pasta sauce. It only takes five minutes and some garlic to doctor it up for noodles, but you can also throw it in a soup, a curry, or basically anywhere that needs a tomatoey kick.

    the yellow and red can of tomatoes

    Promising review: "I made a somewhat homemade spaghetti the other night but I did not want to crush the tomatoes myself so I bought this. GAME-CHANGER for homemade spaghetti taste without the extra work. This mama loves finding quicker ways to get dinner done but still having the homemade taste!"—Joanna

    Price: $1.96

    7. A beef stew seasoning mix specifically formulated for slow cookers, so you can just dump it in with some meat and veggies in the morning and come home to deliciousness.

    the yellow packaging with a photo of a slow cooker of stew

    Promising review: "Probably my favorite seasoning for stew so far. Very flavorful, the first stew I didn't need to add additional seasonings to."—Muah

    Price: $1.88

    8. A tikka masala simmer sauce that's way better than takeout, and faster to boot. Plus, it's a great, easy introduction to cooking Indian food if you're looking to branch out more.

    the purple jar of sauce

    Promising review: "We have Thai and/or Indian food several times a week, typically ordering from our favorite restaurants in the area. This sauce is absolutely delicious, and a fantastic value as well. The overall taste is much better than brands costing more than triple the price and is just as good as any we have experienced at a restaurant. This is now one of our favorites."—Steve

    Price: $3.33

    9. A bag of white rice, because it's a staple for a reason. It cooks in no time flat and is perhaps the most versatile pantry ingredient out there. I can't think of a recipe that wouldn't be better or more filling with some rice involved.

    a cup and canister of rice on a counter

    Promising review: "Good value and product! I cook with rice everyday in my rice cooker and this rice is very tasty. Rice goes with almost everything and is healthy."—Elizabeth

    Price: $4.60 (for a 10 pound bag)

    10. A packet of broccoli soup mix that'll have you saying "Panera who? I don't know her."

    the green soup pack

    Promising review: "Very good, creamy, thick soup. I love Bear Creek soups for my food storage as well as a quick five-minute meal when time is short. My kids and husband slurp it down. With a side of bread this feeds the perfect amount for my family of five."—Shantheman

    Price: $2.96

    11. A box of au gratin potatoes which everyone knows are the absolute best way to eat potatoes. Of course the traditional way takes so long to make and you have to use a mandolin and it's just not worth it. But no longer! All you need is this box and an oven and you're on your way to potato heaven.

    the box of potatoes

    Promising review: "Have had many other brands of box potatoes, but over all these were the best."—RC

    Price: $3.10+ (available in packs of one, two, and four)

    12. A packet of oven sauce that you simply pour over chicken and veggies, bake, and bask in the flavors of chicken that's been roasting for hours (even though it only took 45 minutes).

    the package with a photo of chicken and vegetables

    Promising review: "This classic roasted chicken oven sauce is incredibly delicious! I cut up my chicken in small pieces, put it in a deep oven safe dish, and add the sauce to it and stir it up. It bakes up wonderfully and leaves the chicken very tender and oh so delicious! I get asked to make this at least two times a week! It tastes like I put so much work into it, and it is the EASIEST dish to make! This is a staple in our home!"—MustLoveDogs47

    Price: $2.69+ (available in packs of one and two)

    13. A can of sweet peas that taste just as perfect and delicious as ones straight out of the field — but these take just 30 seconds to add to a dish right before serving.

    the can of peas

    Promising review: "They're canned. They're yummy. They're easy to bring places. Tastes good out of the can or heated up. It's a fun first food for a baby since they're so squishy. They're peas."—Marie

    Price: $0.50

    14. A can of black beans, because honestly, beans and rice (or even just beans with some cheese on them) is basically the perfect no-effort weeknight meal.

    the blue can of beans

    Promising review: "As a vegetarian I use all kinds of beans in my diet but I must say Bush's black beans are my favorite. The beans are always the right texture, never hard or mushy. The size of this particular can is also very convenient and having beans ready to use for any recipe is a much appreciated time saver. I'll always have these beans as a staple in my pantry."—Veganqueen

    Price: $1.58

    15. A bottle of kewpie mayo that — warning — may ruin the regular stuff for you. Use it with homemade sushi, sandwiches, salads, or honestly top basically anything with it for a flavor bomb.

    the bottle of mayonnaise

    Promising review: "The best mayonnaise ever created. It compliments food very very well. It is not sour or sweet or bland. It is flavorful and takes the condiment experience to the next level. Food and veggies taste better with this. I won't go a week without this."—WalmartCustomer

    Price: $5.72

    16. A jar of Better Than Bouillon so you'll never have to store those huge, bulky boxes of chicken stock again. Just add a dollop of this for tremendous flavor without any effort.

    the can of bouillon

    Promising review: "I love this stuff! Better Than Bouillon adds delicious flavor that makes it seem like the broth was cooked all day even though it took a very short time to prepare. There are tastes of chicken, celery and lots of herbs present in this bouillon. I use it in many dishes and it is always a hit."—Laura

    Price: $3.72

    17. A packet of Uncle Ben's ready rice that's the perfect way to round out a dinner. Just have this on the side with some protein and veggies and your meal will feel totally complete.

    the yellow packet of rice

    Promising review: "Delicious! I add in some salsa for even more taste. Easy to prepare."—SACK99

    Price: $1.98+ (available in packs of one and five)

    18. A bottle of balsamic vinegar, because there's no simpler way to dress up a salad, sandwich, or sauce. Try adding it to a salad along with a little fruit for a totally next level experience without having to spend hours over the stove.


    Promising review: "We love this stuff. Gotten to where I look for things to put it on!"—Denise

    Price: $4.90

    19. A shaker of garlic Sriracha seasoning for an absolute flavor explosion. Just shake this on basically anything and your taste buds will be in heaven.

    the shaker of seasoning

    Promising review: "Hands-down, one of the best seasonings on the market. Use it to grill with or add it to your breading for your fried favorites. Fantastic!"—Greg

    Price: $5.70+ (available in packs of one and two)

    20. A can of condensed mushroom soup, because it makes a great ingredient in basically any casserole that just needs that extra hit of creaminess — and it's darn good just on its own to boot.

    the red and white can of soup

    Promising review: "The flavor of the roasted garlic combined with the mushroom soup is very tasty."—Sharon

    Price: $1.48

    21. A package of corn flake crumbs to make your breading experience easier than it's ever been. Just dip and go!

    the package next to a plate of breaded chicken

    Promising review: "These are the best for coating pork chops and chicken! They crisp up nicely and keep the meat moist. They have a great flavor, too. It's the only crumb coating that I use."—LanaDanna

    Price: $3.68

    22. A jar of seafood boil seasoning for the perfect starter to the best summer meal ever. Toss this, seafood, potatoes, corn, and maybe some sausage in a pot, and in just minutes you'll be chowing down on the best meal. Don't forget the newspaper!

    a pair of hands tipping the seasoning into a large pot

    Promising review: "The best thing to boil crab, shrimp, or crawfish. I have used Zatarain's products for seafood since the 1950s. Since the Pro Boil came out it is the only one I use."—BUBBER

    Price: $7.46

    23. A box of penne pasta because I firmly believe it is the most versatile of all the pasta shapes. From pesto to cheese sauce to marinara and beyond, penne will always be there for you.

    the box of pasta and a cup of pasta on a counter

    Promising review: "An essential item for a pasta night. To me, the sauce is what matters the most. This is a brand at a good price and serves its purpose for the meal."—Sean

    Price: $0.82+ (available in packs of one and four)

    24. A bottle of squeezable pizza sauce to make pizza night an absolute breeze. Grab some pre-made crusts and whatever toppings you like, and everyone in the family can customize their own — with no mess afterwards!

    the bottle of sauce

    Promising review: "Love this pizza sauce. Taste is so incredible. Lots of flavor packed in. Great price and a easy squeeze out container."—ashbabe3

    Price: $1.62

    25. A container of pearl couscous perfect for simple, hearty salads. Just let it steam while you chop up some veggies, plus maybe some feta or olives, and you've got yourself a meal.

    the container of couscous

    Promising review: "Couscous can be challenging to make, but this brand turned out really good! Toasted them slightly and the cooked in chicken broth! So easy and tasty. Great alternative to rice when you are needed a quick and easy meal"—Brittany

    Price: $4.93

    26. A jar of peanut butter so you can add some creaminess and nuttiness to a ton of sauces, or DIY your own satay. Plus, sometimes the quickest dinner you have energy for is a PB&J and there's no shame in that!

    the jar of peanut butter

    Promising review: "I've used Great Value peanut butter brand for years. A friend suggested Jif and said it's the best, so I bought it to compare. I didn't tell my boys until after they took a bite. I just made them a sandwich as usual. They didn't like it at all! They said they liked our 'other kind' much better!"—BoyMom

    Price: $2.74+ (available in packs of one and three)

    27. A bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce perfect for slow-cooker pulled pork or a quick baked chicken breast. Just make sure you have some coleslaw on hand for a side!

    the bottle of barbecue sauce

    Promising review: "Everyone is particular about their sauce, but I think this one is perfectly balanced with its spices. Great buy!"—melissa

    Price: $1.97

    28. A jar of salsa verde that's perfect for a topping on taco night, or baking with chicken breasts for the easiest meal prep imaginable.

    the bottle of green salsa

    Promising review: "Great ingredient to use in creamy taquitos, and shredded chicken for tacos! We throw this in a crock pot with several pieces of chicken, then shred it up and its delicious!"—Ktdarling

    Price: $1.98+ (available in packs of one and three)

    29. A bag of dried garbanzo beans because once you make hummus from dried beans, you won't go back. The creaminess is simply unparalleled.

    the bag of chickpeas

    Promising review: "Excellent. In a slow cooker these can be adjusted to firm for salads or softer for hummus. I did both."—Christine

    Price: $2.51+ (available in packs of one and two)

    30. A pack of Jiffy cornbread mix so you can come home to something ready in the slow cooker and finish it off with the perfect side in a snap.

    the pack of muffin mix

    Promising review: "Sometimes, Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix is everything needed to accompany a big pot of Great Northern beans with ham. You don't always need yellow cornbread baked in a cast iron skillet and it CAN be done without giving up one's Southern birth certificate. Lol."—JM

    Price: $2.76+ (available in packs of six and 12)

    31. A pack of Velveeta shells and cheese for those long, rainy days when you come home and just need something comforting and good for your soul.

    the yellow boxes of pasta

    Promising review: "Creamy and cheesy, great quick meal and I jazz it up by adding bacon or whatever you have or like, just cut up in chunks. Super on a cold, rainy, windy night for some reason"—Grandmamike

    Price: $6.48+ (available in packs of one and two)

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