You know the drill: it's 6:30 or 7:00 and you are home from a long day of work. Your stomach grumbles, you prefer to not spend money/calories on takeout food. But what's the last thing you want to do? Make an extravagant meal? I am looking for ideas on what are staples I should keep in the pantry, freezer or refrigerator that can be 'thrown' into a decent meal on a weeknight without fussing too long in the kitchen. Here is an example of something I threw together the other night. I had dry pasta in the cabinet and a jar of sauce. So I boiled the pasta and added the sauce (yawn, right?) but then I had some salad greens too. I also found some carrots, so I grated the carrots into the greens, added a handful of walnuts I found in the cabinet, a small box of raisins, and some leftover gorgonzola cheese which I crumbled into bits. I tossed it with some balsamic vinegar and oil and black pepper, and I was amazed how hearty and substantial it was. The pasta was a complete bore, but the salad gave me an idea of quick and easy recipes that can be assembled from things stocked in the home. It seems like such a challenge, but I would bet that some of our posters here have great household ideas for throwing together quick, delicious and satisfying meals.