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Each week, Jennifer Chandler shares recipes, menu ideas, and tips on eating local – anything food-related is on the menu!Tuesdays7:49 a.m.8:49 a.m.4:48 p.m.6:48 p.m.

What's for supper?

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It's a question everyone will either hear - or ask themselves - every single day.

Wondering how to get dinner on the table now that summer is over, school has started and life has gotten busier?

It’s easier than you think. The key is a well-stocked pantry — and a little creativity.

My advice on trying to cook with limited ingredients? Start with a simple recipe, and then start looking at what you have on hand.

Most people will be surprised that they actually have ingredients to whip up a tasty meal. For example, if you have frozen shrimp, a box of chicken stock and a bag of grits, you can make Shrimp and Grits.

And know this: Just because you may not have the exact ingredients or are missing an ingredient, the dish will most likely still be tasty. In fact, you might create a new favorite recipe.

Also, don’t panic if you head to the grocery store and items on your list are not available. You may find that boneless chicken breasts are sold out, but they do have chicken thighs. Most recipes will still work if you switch to a different cut of the same meat.

If you aren't comfortable changing a recipe, turn to your cellphone for help. There are so many recipes online you are sure to be able to find one with those random ingredients you have in your kitchen cabinet. We have the technology, so let it help you put a delicious meal on the table.

I bet you will be surprised at all the delicious meals you can create on the fly!

This is Jennifer Chandler with The Weekly Dish. Bon Appetit!

Jennifer Chandler graduated at the top of her class from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She is a full-time mom to two daughters in Memphis, Tennessee, and is a freelance food writer, restaurant consultant, and author of four cookbooks The Southern Pantry Cookbook, Simply Salads, Simply Suppers, and Simply Grilling.