As an experienced cook, I marvel at what you can make from a limited number of pantry ingredients. Inexperienced cooks (or people who hate cooking like my mother) tend to keep their cupboards bare and so have to shop afresh for every meal. This is time-consuming and expensive.
From the Publix sale list posted last time, you can see a plethora of possibilities. And permutations within the permutations.
Pasta with tomato sauce.
Rice with Eastsmart* veggies
--Add egg if you have one
--Add soy sauce instead of the cheese for some Asian flair
--Broth plus veggies
*Those Eatsmart vegetables are great, especially when on sale for $1. We went to Publix in Alabama for research (not really; we went to visit Miss Em). The packages included: broccoli, broc and cauliflower, broc and cauliflower and carrots, Asian mix (my fave); broccoli slaw (runner up). If I were you, dear College Cooks and Fellow Travelers, I would buy as many as I could use up to the expiration date (or even a bit past).
Any other ideas?