03/14/2013 12:40 pm ET | Updated Mar 10, 2015

Cooking Ingredients That Will Transform Your Dinner

By Lynn Andriani

With one basic item (or any one of the four runners-up), a ridiculously easy but still impressive dinner is doable any night of the week.

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  • Double Cheese And Ham Quiche
    Christopher Baker
    Use whatever crackers or chips you have on hand to create the crust for a hearty (and easy-to-make!) ham and cheese quiche. Get the recipe: Double Cheese and Ham QuicheAll recipes created by Liz Pearson.
  • Pan-Seared Lamb Chops With Middle Eastern Tomato Sauce
    Christopher Baker
    Canned tomatoes, roasted red peppers, walnuts and spices create a spicy Eastern Mediterranean sauce that perfectly complements pan-seared lamb chops. Get the recipe: Pan-Seared Lamb Chops with Middle Eastern Tomato Sauce
  • Zucchini And Tuna Pappardelle
    Christopher Baker
    Canned tuna doesn't have to mean sandwiches; instead, toss it with ribbons of zucchini, pappardelle, and a lemony cream sauce. Get the recipe: Zucchini and Tuna Pappardelle
  • Vegetable Tacos With Chipotle Sour Cream And Smoky Black Beans
    Christopher Baker
    Slow-roasted beans make a savory, crunchy topping for these vegetable tacos. And save any you have left over to be served solo as a cocktail snack. Get the recipe: Vegetable Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream and Smoky Black Beans
  • Baked Coconut And Lime Rice Pudding
    Christopher Baker
    Rice is the foundation for coconut pudding squares, which use up any dried fruit or nuts you may have. Get the recipe: Baked Coconut and Lime Rice Pudding