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19 No-Fuss Meals You Can Make Using What's In Your Fridge

Empty out the fridge and the pantry.

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1. Chow Mein Noodles

Dinner Then Dessert / Via dinnerthendessert.com

Toss some pasta like rice noodles or spaghetti with whatever veggies in the fridge with soy sauce, garlic, cooking oil, and oyster sauce (if you happen to have it). Get the recipe.

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2. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito Bowls

Chelsea's Messy Apron / Via chelseasmessyapron.com

Got rice and black beans sitting in your pantry? Turn them into a hearty burrito bowl featuring your favorite Tex-Mex vegetables and your favorite protein. Don't worry about making a fancy dressing from scratch — a store bought version or even a generous squeeze or lime will do the trick. Get the recipe.

3. Five-Minute Pita Pizzas

The Baker Chick / Via thebakerchick.com

Turn pita bread, naan, or even English muffins into personal pizzas with any of your favorite toppings. Get the recipe.

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4. One-Skillet Creamy Chickpeas with Eggs and Prosciutto

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Seriously, have you ever seen eggs this creamy? You can use bacon or ham in place of prosciutto...or leave the meat out all together. Get the recipe.

5. Quinoa Fried Rice

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Start with your favorite kind of rice or grain, toss in fresh or frozen veggies, add a bit of soy sauce, and finish with a scrambled egg. Get the recipe.

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6. Avocado Caprese Quesadillas

Sweet Peas and Saffron / Via sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Cheese + tomato + avocado + tortillas = one helluva satisfying meal. You can add chicken or shrimp if you're craving some extra protein. Get the recipe.

7. Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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Pasta salad never goes out of style. Just throw together your favorite noodles, veggies, and some cheese with a drizzle of olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Get the recipe.

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8. Open-Faced Tuna Melts

Cooktoria / Via cooktoria.com

A can of tuna fish can go a long way. Especially when you melt some cheese on top and serve it on a slice of crispy, warm bread. Get the recipe.

9. Garlic Parmesan Ramen

Delish / Via delish.com

Raise your hand if instant ramen is the hero of your kitchen? This recipe takes everyone's favorite instant noodles and gives them a cacio e pepe-like upgrade. Get the recipe.

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10. Baked Balsamic Chicken

Le Creme de la Crumb / Via lecremedelacrumb.com

Take any cut of chicken and top it with a four-ingredient balsamic glaze made with balsamic vinegar, sugar, honey, and salt. Serve it with grains and veggies for a satisfying meal. Get the recipe.

11. Chipotle Black Bean and Rice Skillet

Naturally Ella / Via naturallyella.com

Rice and beans get an exciting upgrade thanks to avocado and baked eggs. Get the recipe.

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12. Broccoli Chicken Mac and Cheese

Gimme Some Oven / Via gimmesomeoven.com

You can upgrade any mac 'n' cheese (even the boxed stuff) with some vegetables and protein. Get the recipe.

13. Baked Teriyaki Chicken

Eat Well 101 / Via eatwell101.com

You most likely have all the ingredients for this irresistible teriyaki sauce sitting in your kitchen. Not in the mood for chicken? Try it on salmon, shrimp, tofu, or even a veggie stir-fry. Get the recipe.

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14. Spicy Black Bean Nachos

iFood Real / Via ifoodreal.com

Canned black beans are the star of the show in this nacho recipe. Top them with shredded cheese and any of your favorite toppings from tomato and jalapeño to cilantro and corn. Get the recipe.

15. Crispy Chipotle Chickpea Tacos

Killing Thyme / Via killingthyme.net

Try saying this one three times fast: crispy chipotle chickpeas, crispy chipotle chickpeas, crispy chipotle chickpeas. Get the recipe.

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16. Everything But The Kitchen Sink Soup

Cotter Crunch / Via cottercrunch.com

The best part about this soup recipe is you can use literally anything in your kitchen. Start with vegetable or chicken broth, add some grains or pasta, throw in whatever vegetables you have on hand, and finish things off with your protein of choice like bacon, ham, turkey, or chicken. Get the recipe.

17. 15-Minute Roasted Chicken and Veggies

Gimme Delicious / Via gimmedelicious.com

The chicken and vegetables roast on a single sheet pan, so there's almost no clean up required. Get the recipe.

18. White Beans with Garlic and Sage

Alexandra Cooks / Via alexandracooks.com

These garlicky, stewed white beans taste best when they're sopped up with a thick slice of crispy bread. Get the recipe.

19. Easy Chilaquiles

Isabel Eats / Via isabeleats.com

Chilaquiles are a perfectly acceptable meal any time of day. If you don't have enchilada sauce, any store bought red or green salsa will do. Get the recipe.

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