I have a seasonal list of recipes that I keep all ingredients on hand for. Its simple stuff like lentil soup, a rice and egg based casserole, pasta with vegetables, burritos. I make a point to replace the ingredients for those things before they run out- short grain brown rice, black beans, frozen spinach and broccoli, tomato sauce, dried pasta, lentils, etc.
I also maintain a well stocked spice box, which enables me to flavor the same four things very differently if need be.
Mama to Raina (9/06) and Peter (8/09)!