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.