When you haven’t hit the grocery store lately and the fridge is looking a little bare, there’s nothing like a simple recipe to save the day. That’s why we rounded up some easy ways to turn common ingredients into must-have meals. Flip through the slideshow below for ideas that will use up those pantry staples—and have the whole family asking for seconds!

Apple Juice Chicken

You know that stock pile of juice boxes your family has been collecting? This sweet recipe, courtesy of Oatmeal With a Fork, puts them to good use! This chicken is flavorful and easy to make—and we’re willing to bet it’ll be a hit with kids and grown-ups alike. Get the recipe here.

photo: Oatmeal with a Fork.


What are your favorite meals that use what’s already in your pantry? Leave us a comment below!

—Abigail Matsumoto