Q: I didn't have time to stop at the grocery store. What can I make for dinner?
"People are always surprised by the healthy, tasty meals you can pull from pantry ingredients," says Melissa d'Arabian, host of the Food Network show Ten Dollar Dinners (her cookbook by the same name was just published). The trick, she says, is to get adventurous with ingredient swaps—say, replacing meat with canned beans or fresh vegetables with frozen. "Familiar flavors are comforting, but don't hesitate to present them in a new package," she says. In her dinner-friendly variation on the Mexican breakfast dish huevos rancheros, d'Arabian substitutes spaghetti for the usual tortillas. When serving, break the egg yolk and mix it into the salsa for a silken pasta sauce that's light, fresh—and wholly original.
Huevos Rancheros Spaghetti Recipe