At least once a week, no matter how much I plan (and I’m quite the meal planner, if I do say so myself!) inevitably there ends up being a day that gets out of hand, I thought I had an ingredient I didn’t, I burn something or just don’t feel like cooking what I planned.  When this happens, I end up scrambling to get dinner on the table in a cool 20 minutes or less.  I began to notice a trend, that when this scenario occurred, there was a noticeable pattern of the meals that I’d make.

My husband or the kids would ask the dreaded “What’s for dinner, Mom?”, even though I have our menu posted on the fridge! But, now that I think about it, maybe they are just on to me and can sense that there are plenty of days that I really just don’t have it all together and run out of time to cook.  Anywho,  my answer would always be the same, “Just something I threw together”.   Eventually, when I’d answer that way, my husband and kids would rejoice with mad glee.  There were even a few times some dancing occurred.  I wasn’t sure if they had a bet going for on the incompetence of successful  follow-through for my meal plans. After a few times I asked “What GIVES?”.

Their answer?   “Whenever you say that, dinner always ends up being THE BOMB.”  Well.  Can’t argue with that.

I have lovingly started referring to these thrown together meals as “Pantry Dives”, simply because it truly is diving into the pantry, pulling a few staples and simply throwing them together with some seasonings and serving.  Voila!  TOO EASY.

A Pantry Dive meal usually consists of: a protein, 2 veggies, 1 starch and diced tomatoes, because: COLOR and TOMATOES MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER.

I’ve been doing these so much that I know it’s time to share my secret with my friends!  I’ll be featuring my pantry dives quite often on the blog.  Next week, I’ll share with you how I stock my pantry so that a Pantry Dive can always a quick alternative.

This is super delish! We had enough left over for lunch the next day with a doubled recipe!

This is super delish! We had enough left over for lunch the next day with a doubled recipe!

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Quinoa Succotash Pantry Dive
This is a great weeknight recipe when you have taken out ground beef to thaw, but no idea what to do with it! The kids gobbled it up, it's a one pan meal and dinner was on the table in 20 minutes! You really can beat it!
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef in 6 qt or large pan, drain
  2. In same pan, add remaining ingredients and bring to boil.
  3. Cook to the instructions of quinoa blend (note the blend will call for 1 ¾ cups of liquid, but because of the extra volume- you’ll want the full 2 cups.)
  4. Add ground beef back into pan with other ingredients.
  5. Stir & Serve
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