1. Fry one onion, coarsely chopped, in olive oil. Add one can marinara sauce, several frozen meatballs, and freeze dried roasted garlic, oregano, and basil to taste. Cook one package of pasta, drain, add everything else. Serve with TJ's parmesan-romero cheese blend.
2. Fry one onion, coarsely chopped, in olive oil. Thaw one of TJ's $5 1 pound bags of frozen fish fillets; cut into big chunks. Add fish; undercook slightly. Add TJ's Thai peanut sauce; simmer for one minute. Serve over jasmine rice.
3. Stop by Papa Murphy's on the way home. Good if friends are coming over to watch a movie.
4. Take 1 TJ's lamb roast. Rub with coarse ground pepper, fleur du sel, and dried chilli. Roast. While cooking, sautée a couple of shallots in olive oil and butter. Add one pack of pre-sliced mushrooms. Steam one package of TJ's blue lake beans; add to mushrooms/shallots and quickly stir fry. Serve with roast.
5. Salad: Empty one pack TJ's spring mix onto four plates. Chop a few tomatoes into big chunks; put on plates. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar [both preferably the expensive kind, but the TJ's expensive kind, not the Dean & Deluca unaffordable expensive kind]. Grind pepper over top. Consider adding croutons if in pantry. Serve.
6. Chop one onion. In another bowl, combine 10 serraño chiles and 1 peeled head of garlic. Purée garlic and chile. Stir-fry garlic/chili mix in peanut oil until just barely starting to turn color. Add onion; fry. Add one pound lean ground beef; cook until done. Add 1/3 c. fish sauce, 2 T sugar, and half a bunch of mint, washed torn into bits [no stems, dude!]. Cook for a few minutes; serve over jasmine rice.
7. Ask Dan to make his famous Moroccan vegetable stew. It's in a Sunset cookbook anthology somewhere. It's good!
8. Fry one coarsely chopped onion in olive oil. When starting to turn golden, add one thawed pack of TJ's frozen seafood mix [the $5.49 one with the shrimp and squid]. Cook until slightly underdone. Add can of marinara sauce [or, preferably, Barilla marinara sauce, plain, if on sale at Safeway]. Heat and simmer for a while; add oregano, basil, garlic, pepper. Serve over pasta, preferably with good cheese.
9. Check back of pantry to see if there are still any shepherd's pie mix packets left. [I get these on vacation, usually in Canada.] Follow the instructions on the packet, but add Vegemite just for the hell of it. Don't both actually mashing potatoes; just use the dehydrated ones. It's English food, no one will notice. Serve with beer.
10. Brown pre-cooked bratwurst, but only if there's Bavarian sweet mustard available. If not, don't bother. Serve with rotkraut or sauerkraut and boiled small potatoes, ideally smashed up with fresh butter and roasted garlic. Definitely serve with beer, preferably Czechvar.