These quick and easy meals get dinner on the table fast, so grab a skillet and go.

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Supper Made Simple Menu:

These stand-alone suppers prepared on the cooktop offer effortless meal planning whether you're in the back-to-school mode or juggling fall activities. We've provided everything you will need for at least four well-rounded meals without much cleanup, including a complete shopping list.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Cook
Here are some helpful suggestions for smooth going in the kitchen.

Start at the Beginning

  • Read each recipe all the way through before starting your shopping list. Do you know what every ingredient is? Take inventory in your pantry and refrigerator.
  • Don't let a long ingredients list turn you away from a recipe. Basic pantry items that you probably already have on hand can make a recipe look more difficult than it really is.

Get Ready To Cook

  • Read the recipe again, and gather all the ingredients needed. Complete prep work before turning on the stove or cooktop: Open cans, chop vegetables, measure all necessary components, and decide what pans and utensils to use.
  • If a dish is to be served over rice or pasta, start cooking that first. Be careful not to overcook the pasta.

Shopping List

Pantry List

  • all-purpose flour
  • cornstarch
  • chili powder
  • dried basil
  • dried crushed red pepper
  • dried oregano
  • ground cumin
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • sugar
  • hoisin sauce
  • red wine vinegar
  • soy sauce
  • olive oil
  • peanut oil
  • sesame oil

Nonperishable List

  • Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • salsa
  • 1 (16-ounce) package vermicelli
  • 1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts


  • 1 medium-size onion
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 large orange
  • fresh ginger
  • 27 garlic cloves
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • fresh oregano
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 5 medium tomatoes
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages sliced fresh mushrooms


  • taco shells or flour tortillas

Refrigerated Section butter or margarine

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • sour cream

Meat Section

  • 4 skinned and boned chicken breasts
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound lean, boneless pork

Frozen Section

  • 1 (22-ounce) package frozen mashed potatoes