There are days when us wives and moms feel like we have it all together and can pull off a complicated meal. Then there are nights when we are frantically wondering as we drive home from shopping or work, “What in the world am I going to fix tonight?”

I usually have staples in my cupboards like instant potatoes, tuna, bread, canned veggies, and the very versatile Ramen noodles. My fridge usually always has milk and cheese, and my freezer usually always has frozen veggies and a couple of packages of hamburger.

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I am always on the lookout for quick meals with these staples, and here are a few of them:

1.Creamed Tuna on Toast

creamed tuna on toas

This recipe doesn’t sound all that appealing, and yet, it has a surprising unique and yummy taste to it!

(1). 1 cup milk
(2). 1 cup water
(3). Sliced bread
(4). 1/4 cup butter
(5). 1/4 cup of flour
(6). Large can tuna

Melt butter in sauce pan. Add flour; whisk until completely blended. Add milk, water, and tuna. Bring to a boil and stir until thickened. Serve over toast.

Serve with:

2.Green Bean and Tomato Salad

Green Bean and Tomato Salad


(1).1/2 lb green beans
(2).1/2 lb cherry tomatoes
(3).1-2 green onion
(4).1/2 cup Italian dressing

Steam green beans; cool. Add to cherry tomatoes. Add green onion (to taste) and Italian dressing. Toss together and serve.

3.Tuna Balls

Tuna Balls

Another unique, but tasty twist for tuna.


(1).1 Medium can of tuna
(2).8 oz. mashed potatoes
(3).2 eggs
(5).Vegetable oil

Mix tuna and egg. Add to mashed potatoes (can add salt and pepper according to taste). Roll in second egg and coat with breadcrumbs. Fry in oil for approx. 10 minutes.

Serve with:

4.Ramen Salad

Ramen Salad


(1). Oriental seasoned Ramen noodles
(2). Broccoli coleslaw (can be found with regular coleslaw)
(3). 1/8 cup sweet onion
(4). 3/4 cup sliced almonds
(5). 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
(6). 3/4 oil
(7). 1/3 cup cider vinegar
(8). 1/2 cup white sugar


Fix 2 packages of Ramen noodles according to package directions, but do not use seasoning. Allow Ramen noodles to cool. Combine broccoli-slaw, sweet onion, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, oil, cider vinegar, and sugar to Ramen noodles. Add the Ramen seasoning packs. Serve.

*Note* If this is not consumed within two days, Ramen noodles may tend to get mushy.

5. Beef-Pasta Mish-Mash

Beef-Pasta Mish-Mash

This dish was created out of “what-do-we-have-left-for-food-around-here” in our house, and contains your carbs, protein, and vegetables, all in one dish.


(1). 2 lbs of hamburger (venison burger)
(2). 1 small onion
(3). 1 can of corn or half a bag of frozen corn
(4). 1 can of green beans or half a bag of frozen beans
(5). 2 medium diced tomatoes or 2 cans of diced tomatoes cheese (of your choice) seasonings

Fry hamburger and add favorite seasonings such as onion and garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Once hamburger is fully cooked add your vegetables. They may be fresh, canned, or frozen. If tomatoes are canned, add the juice from the can.

If you are using fresh tomatoes, add 1 cup of water to the mix. Simmer until vegetables are cooked and tender. Cover with grated cheese and allow cheese to melt. Serve.

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