Growing up, dinner was a "meat and three" affair, but after I moved out of my parent's house, I developed a taste vegetarian/low meat dining, especially when I'm cooking dinner just for myself. Over the years, I've developed a list of pantry/freezer friendly items that I try to keep on hand at all times, so on the nights when I don't feel like going into the kitchen, much less cooking, I have something I can pull together quickly with minimal dishes involved.
Here's my list:
Great Northern beans
Basmati rice (LOVE my rice cooker)
Minced garlic in olive oil
Sun dried tomatoes in olive oil
English Baked Beans
Cheese Ravioli or Tortellini
Individual servings of table white and table red wine
With these items on hand, I can almost always whip up something easy for dinner. Tonight's dinner is mixed tortellini with toasted garlic brown butter sauce and sundried tomatoes, with Tinto de Verano to drink.