12 Easy Dinners You Can Make Using Food Items That Are Already In Your Pantry

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There's nothing worse than finding a delicious recipe for dinner, and then realizing that you don't have half the ingredients — that's why we've come to rely on easy dinner ideas that make the most of our pantry staples. Meals filled with beans and grains that are easy to alter make for simple and quick weeknight dinners. And when your pantry is stocked with the basics, you'll have to make fewer expensive trips to the bodega — and you'll have fewer excuses to order takeout... again.

For dinnertime that doesn't require a pricey shopping spree, try out one of these 12 beyond easy dishes. You'll soon realize that making your evening meal is a lot less of a hassle than you thought.

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