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Healthy Dinners from Pantry Staples

A stash of nutritious, quick-cook ingredients means you can whip up dinner in no time flat. We'll show you how to turn basics like potatoes, pasta, and beans into good-for-you meals that taste anything but ordinary.

By Cindy Heller and Michael Tyrrell

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Great Grains

Whole Wheat Couscous: Bring 2 cups water or broth to boiling. Take off heat and stir in 1 cup couscous; cover and allow to stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve. Makes 3 cups.

Bulgur: Place 1 cup medium-grind bulgur in a large bowl. Stir in 1 cup boiling water. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Gently stir before serving. Makes 3 cups.

Quinoa: Rinse 1 cup of quinoa and add to a large pot of rapidly boiling water. Cook, uncovered, for 12 to 14 minutes or until tender but still a little crunchy. Drain; fluff up before serving. Makes 3 cups.

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