What's for dinner tonight?

A website that can help you make meals with the items you have on hand.

NOT SURE WHAT to make for dinner tonight? After a long day, it may be hard to resist the temptation to call in an order for pizza. Instead, consider looking no further than your pantry – that's where your next meal could be hiding.

At first glance, those boxes of pasta or rice and cans of soup and tomato paste may not inspire any ideas, but don't let that discourage you. Planning a last-minute dinner doesn't need to be a struggle.

One solution is to log onto, a website equipped with a search engine that helps you prepare meals with the items you already have on hand.

All you have to do is type in the ingredients you have in stock. Within seconds, you'll know what you can do with that package of tortillas and cans of tuna and black beans.

The website is free, and it's easy to create an account to keep a record of all the items you have in your kitchen, if you want. And if you like or dislike a recipe, you can comment on it, or even add your own recipe to the database so other cooks can make it.

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