Take-out Tuesday, Handy Staples Recipes

Take it easy this summer, and save some trips to the store with these recipes from the handy staples list

When I made this list several weeks ago,  I didn’t realize how very handy it would be!

staples list for pantry

Today I’m sharing  links to all the Painted Apron recipes you can make with the things on this handy list

You can print the list here

handy staples copy

Note: this list does not include the basic baking staples, condiments, spices and seasonings, that are found in most kitchens

I keep romaine hearts on hand so everything can be either made into a salad, or can be put on top of a salad or some salad can be a topper.  This way if you don’t have any other fresh veggies, you can still balance your dish

I also try to keep crackers, chips, pasta on hand for easy appetizers and quick meals


Bleu Bacon and Pecan Dip

bleu cheese dip thepaintedapro.com

Cheesy Ranch, Bacon & Onion Dip

provide a spoon with dips

Gold Nuggets  if you have some bread

gold nuggets thepaintedapron.com

Parmesan Stars

cheese straw stars thepaintedapron.com

Breakfast and Brunch

Bacon & Berry Breakfast Cake

blueberry bacon breakfast cake thepaintedapron.com

Crescent Roll Cinnamon Cake  this cake is iced for Mardi Gras but a simple vanilla glaze is all that’s needed

king cake thepaintedapron.com

Maple Pecan Butter  you can use regular maple syrup

maple pecan butter thepaintedapron.com

Lunch and Dinner

Alabama Sassy Chicken with White BBQ Sauce

white sauce

Bacon Jam or Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam if you can raid the liquor cabinet

maple bourbon bacon jam thepaintedapron.com

Bleu Cheeseburger Quesadillas

blue cheese burger quesadillas thepaintedapron.com

Bleu Cheese Sauce is great on steak or burgers

steak with bleu cheese sauce thepaintedapron.com

Chicken Parmigiana {slow cooker}  serve it alone, on pasta or on buns for sliders


Frico {cheese crisps}  Don’t have any crackers?  Make some with cheese!  A great addition to salads too

frico for web

Full Moon Flatbread – adapt the recipe to use what you have.  This recipe calls for a variety of summer fruits and is wonderful topped with an egg for a brunch dish

breakfast flatbread thepaintedapron.com

Italian Fries  -potatoes, garlic, Italian seasoning, and baked to crispy perfection

Italian fries thepaintedapron.com

Microwave Potato Chips are easy to make, and a treat with dips

microwave potato chips thepaintedapron.com

Mustard Maple Pecan Chicken  is an easy peasy weeknight dinner, use thighs or boneless breasts

Mustard Maple Chicken thighs thepaintedapron.com

Mustard Maple Salad Dressing  this is my go to dressing, it’s light and great on everything



Parmesan Puff Pastry Breadsticks   add sesame seeds for extra pizazz if you have some {I used black ones}

Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes  use a liner for fast clean up

slow cook scalloped potatotes thepaintedapron.com

Sticky Chicken {slow cooker}

slow cook sticky chicken

Sweet n Sour Chicken  you’ll need a little cornstarch for this one

Tasty Onion Straws

onion straws thepaintedapron.com

Waffle Fries {baked}  you can serve them with a little sour cream flavored with fresh chives or minced onion if you have it



Berry Cheesecake Galette     use any fresh or frozen berries

mixed berry galette 3 thepaintedapron.com

Mama’s Mississippi Sour Cream Swirl Cake         you’ll need cinnamon for the swirl

Mississippi pound cake thepaintedapron.com

Million $ Pound Cake  you don’t have to do the fancy toffee topping, a simple vanilla sugar glaze is fine

Million $ Pound Cake

Speedy Peanut Butter Cookies     Got peanut butter? You’ve got cookies!

fast and fab peanut butter cookies thepaintedapron.com

A well stocked pantry is such a time saver, just a quick trip to the garden,  farmer’s market, or produce dept. and you have a variety of dishes at your finger tips

summer vegetables

Stock your pantry and take it Easy!


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Crafty Staci,   Tickle My TastebudsWow Us Wednesday

Full Plate ThursdayWork it Wednesday

Home Matters, Idea BoxPoofing the Pillows

Sweet Inspiration











17 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Handy Staples Recipes”
  1. Jodi says:

    More yumminess than I can handle. 😝

  2. Wow, Jenna! You are so organized and such a fabulous cook. I’m intrigued by many of your recipes. Microwave potato chips sound great. I’m passing your recipe onto my daughter and DIL. They both have mandolins and love chips.
    I could stay on your post for a long time with so many good recipes today.

  3. I love how you have the list right where you need it. I need to do this!

  4. Kim says:

    You have me at onion straws! Thanks for sharing so many tasty recipes. Happy Tuesday!

  5. chinamom3078 says:

    This is a good list. When I was way younger, I appreciated pantry lists. Thanks for sharing yours. Linda

  6. Annie says:

    I love your list. I took a picture of the list and recipes,so I have them when I am at the store. My phone is filled up with lots of your recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jenna, it is 10:30 am and I haven’t stopped to eat breakfast, the photos have me drooling! So much inspiration on this post! I still say Alabama has its own Martha Stewart!

  8. What a great idea! I need to make my own list for me and the mister…

  9. Mary says:

    Thanks for the round up Jenna, I’m counting down the hours until dinner now. 🙂 Hope you had a happy and delicious 4th!

  10. Lynn says:

    The pantry list is a really good idea! Anything to help make things easier, especially in the summer:@)

  11. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    I’ve already planned a shopping trip for tomorrow, so this list is just in time!

  12. Jenna, You have created some yummy sounding recipes! I clicked over to the berry cheesecake galette and it is perfect for me! I will have to make it for brunch! Linda

    • Thanks Linda, I am glad you mentioned it, I am going to make that myself this afternoon, it’s such an easy dessert and I was looking for something to make with my berries! >

  13. Helen Adams says:

    Hi Jenna,
    So many fantastic recipes, I want to try all of them! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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