Empty Fridge? Here are a Few Things You Can Whip Up for a Quick Meal
It’s the weekend. You open your fridge and the horror of your life has come: IT’S ALMOST EMPTY.
The first line of business? Fill up the fridge. Going out for grocery shopping can seem a bit daunting. If you don’t feel like facing the cashier queues, give yourself a break and order your groceries online.
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While you’re waiting for your goods to be delivered, here are a few quick meals you can whip up with whatever ingredients are left in your fridge.
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1. Soup to Curb Your Hunger
Soup is one of the easiest one-pot dishes you can make, and with the least of ingredients, too. All you need is water and some spices and you’re good to go. Look for onions, chickpeas, cilantro, and other spices like coriander and cumin for a quick chickpea soup.
Or, you can look in your kitchen cabinet for some canned goods. If you have tomato sauce or soup, or some canned beans, you can heat them up in a pan and add spices, salt, and pepper to taste. You can also add some herbs and spices like basil and red pepper flakes and you have a satiating meal ready in a few minutes.
These are cheap ingredients to repuschase and keep in your food cabinets at all times.
- Can of chickpeas: $2.80
- Can of Tomato Soup: $1.65
2. Make a Sandwich
If you want a quicker, no-cooking required ‘meal’, make a sandwich instead. With a few pieces of bread you have around, you’re ready to make a quick meal that would surely make you feel full for a long time. Plus, the great thing about a sandwich is its flexibility.
Look on the shelf of whatever spread you have. You can go for a classic-yet-favourite peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You can also create a grilled cheese sandwich if you find any cheese in the fridge.
If you want more protein on that sandwich, look into your freezer and see if you can find a single ham slice or some pulled pork. Just add mayo or barbecue sauce and you’ll have a tasty sandwich in no time. But if you have none of those, maybe an egg or tuna sandwich would do.
And if you want to keep things super healthy, you can add whatever vegetable you have. You can cook them a little if you like (with some olive oil, pepper, and salt) or you can have them raw and fresh. Lettuce, tomatoes, and some mashed avocado would be perfect.
- Bread Wholemeal: $1.55
- Canned Tuna: $2.65
- 10 Eggs: $2.15
3. Pasta Will Fill You Up
Got some pasta? Then you have nothing to worry. Cook ’em up and you’re halfway there. You just have to worry about the sauce now. If you got tomato sauce, then that makes it easier. Heat it up with some salt and pepper. Add leftover meat if you have any.
No tomato sauce? No problem. Melt butter, add parmesan cheese, add some pepper and dried herbs. Search your fridge for leftover bacon and you have a creamy sauce with you. You can also do a simple Aglio e Olio with just olive oil and garlic. Again, a bit of ground pepper and basil can add a little flavour to it.
- Spaghetti: $2.45
- 500g Garlic: $1.80
- Black Pepper: $2.50
4. Rice Meals For The Win
If you think your grocery might take a while to arrive, then you need to load up with carbs. And we all know how rice could fill your stomach for hours.
There’s a lot of things you can add to your rice to make it a delicious meal. A simple fried rice with some chopped onion leeks and tomato would be tasty. You can add in an egg to include protein in your diet. Also, pretty much any leftover in your fridge can be added to your rice. Be it pork, beef, chicken, or tuna.
The key with rice meals is putting in the right flavour you want. Salt and pepper can do the trick. You can add soy sauce or hot sauce, too.
- 2.5 Kg Rice: $5.35
- Leek: $0.75
- 10 Eggs: $2.15
5. Up for and Healthy Salad?
Maybe there are a few greens and other vegetables left in your fridge because you neglected them the past few days. Now, they’re your heroes! A few might be showing signs of wilting but that doesn’t mean they’re of no use anymore. Toss them together in a bowl and prepare a dressing of your choice.
Notice how most dressings have oil and vinegar in them? That’s because these two alone would be perfect for your salad. Add one part oil (olive oil or vegetable oil would be perfect) and two parts vinegar (balsamic would do great). You can add a pinch of paprika if you like.
You can also do an apple cider vinaigrette. It’s a combination of 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/3 cup olive oil, a dash of honey, and two teaspoons of mustard. If you’re lucky to have some Greek yoghurt in your fridge, then you’ll have a fancier dressing. Mix 1/2 cup of Greek yoghurt with two tablespoons each of olive oil, lemon, and honey. There you have a healthy easy meal!
Time to Fill The Fridge…
When all else fails, and when you really have nothing in your fridge, the best value option you have is to do some groceries and fill up those cabinets. Get your groceries delivered to you with Fairprice On, now at ShopBack.
Now, you don’t have to worry about running out of food in your fridge. Bookmark this article and you’ll have a go-to, quick guide. For sure, you’ll never go hungry again.
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