Living on a single income with 3 kiddos & a bunch of animals can make a family’s budget pretty tight. Our kids eat a ton so by the end of the month our pantry looks a little bare. No matter how much or how little we have we never go without a good meal. Creativity is key in a household like ours. I used to feel bad when I would have to mix & match leftover pantry items for family meals, but these type of recipe have turned out to be my family’s favorite!
My go-to recipe when we have reached the bottom of the pantry is a dinner hash that my mom made when I was little. This dinner hash is made out of basic ingredients that we almost always have on hand. If you are missing something on the ingredient list then you can omit it or sub it out for something else. The only necessary ingredient here is the potatoes.
Bottom of the Pantry Dinner Hash
- 3-4 medium potatoes
- 2 cans of veggies (green beans, mixed, whatever you like) or 1 bag frozen veggies (we used green beans this time)
- Meat (ground beef, chicken, sausage, or even hot dogs-kids love that option)
- Salt & Pepper
- Wash & dice your potatoes.
- Cook the potatoes in a cast iron skillet with lard (or oil of your choice) until they are cooked through & browned.
- Move the potatoes to a large serving bowl or casserole dish and set aside.
- Cook the meat in same skillet. Add cooked meat to the potatoes.
- Dice the onions.
- Sautee onions until translucent. Add mushrooms and cook through.
- Add canned or frozen veggies and cook for another 3-4 minutes. (If using frozen, thaw first)
- Add all of that to your serving dish.
- Season with salt & pepper
- You can add cheese to the top and broil if you like or eat as is.
This dish isn’t fancy, but it is so simple and it will keep your tummy full until you hit the grocery store again!
If you like to meal plan to avoid scrounging in the pantry (I try my best, but life happens) then you should try out the meal planning sheets in my Household Management Notebook!
What is your favorite bottom of the pantry meal?