11 October 2013

IHCC - Fast Pantry Supper

Disclaimer: This is not my pantry. My pantry is better stocked ...

This week, my search through Donna Hay's cookbooks lead me to a great salad with main ingredients right from the kitchen pantry cupboard. It's a good thing too, as I was out straight all day doing housework, sewing quilt blocks for a church raffle quilt, and making and delivering a chicken pot pie for an ailing friend.  By the time I got done with all that dithering about, I needed a fast and easy supper for SB and myself.

I almost feel guilty for posting this recipe, but the I Heart Cooking Club challenge this week was to make something using things that you have stocked in your pantry ... and who am I to buck the challenge ??? 
I wonder what everyone else is coming up with ... check the link out to see for yourself!

White Bean and Tuna Salad
a recipe from Donna Hay's NEW FOOD FAST


4 - 6 oz. fresh baby spinach leaves, washed and spun out
12 oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
12 oz. can tuna packed in oil, drained
1 large seedless cucumber, chopped into bite-sized chunks
2 - 3 large tomatoes or 12 cherry tomatoes, chunked
2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
black pepper and Kosher salt, to taste

Making the Salad:

1. Whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice with a pinch of black pepper and set aside.

2. Divide the rest of the ingredients between four salad plates, making a pretty salad. 

3. Drizzle the dressing over top, sprinkle on some Kosher salt and black pepper. 

4. Serve with crusty bread and a glass of wine.

5. Take it easy!

Serves: 4

I live in the back of beyond and always have a stocked pantry ... one never knows when we'll have a muddy dirt road, a snowstorm, a branch down somewhere that cuts power, or any other number of emergencies that make getting out or using the oven difficult. Hence, I can usually find ingredients in my 'Fibber McGee's closet' of a pantry. To boot, I stock a pretty good variety of things, so coming up with canned or jarred goods for any given recipe is usually no problem. Still, it's pretty congested.

I'm gonna straighten out this closet one of these days ... wink!

Fibber McGee's Closet


  1. While that first pantry is lovely to look at, it is definitely lacking!

  2. I love your stocked pantry! It's important to keep supplies on hand for disasters or just prepping.
    Great salad, it's a real hearty meal this one.

  3. My pantry is also better stocked then that first one. You made great use of pantry ingredients with that salad....looks delicious.

  4. I like your pantry! Haha! The first thing we do when we are rushing for time to whip up a meal, is to look at the pantry!
    The salad looks good! Simple and delicious!

  5. Ha ha ha, love the name of your pantry! The salad looks yummy!

  6. Not quite salad nicoise but similar. I like it. Like the pantry too, but get SB to build you some roll out shelves! I don't know how I found anything in the larder before I had them. Have a happy Sunday Susan.

  7. The back of beyond...I've never heard it phrased that way, but I like it! I didn't expect to see a salad this week, but you nailed it! A nice mix of fresh and pantry items. That's the second time I've made that comment about Donna Hay's recipes today.

  8. Now that summer is over, I thought, salads would not entice me but this one surely does.

  9. Great recipe...well, okay, I admit I would leave out that tuna business, but I like the rest of it. I think my mother made tuna haters out of all of us...growing up Catholic we ate a lot of tuna on Wednesdays and Fridays. You do have a way of making it all look lovely. Such fun to see your pantry...I have a friend who sneaks into people's kitchens at parties just to see what is in their pantry! I'm always tempted to do that...what fun that would be, and what an education! Love looking at labels and products. Like a two for one post this week! :-)

  10. Ha! I love the shot of your pantry. There really is no such thing as an organized pantry, but I bet you have a great idea of everything that's in there and a good idea of where it's all located !?!

    This is such a gorgeous salad. It's no secret that I tend to favor anything with beans, so this one totally wins me over!

  11. Totally my kind of salad. I often make something like this for a quick and easy pantry dinner, because it's so infinitely variable - I often add celery, some finely sliced preserved lemon, or black olives. Loved the glimpse inside of your pantry. If the big snow comes, I want to be staying at your house :-)

  12. I straighten out my pantry and two days later and one shopping trip it looks like a hurricane hit it. Ah, well, I know whats in there!! Salad is always good!!

  13. Your pantry looks like mine does! ;-) I love tuna and bean salads--this one looks perfect. Love that lemony dressing. ;-)

  14. A perfect speedy supper full of flavour & on the table in minutes! Love it :)


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