I cook a lot but sometimes I still find myself with a barren fridge (come to think of it that makes perfect sense, haha). What I try to do to prevent myself from literally having NOTHING to eat is to freeze ingredients for later use when possible and to set myself up with a pantry to hold me through the storm.
One of my little secrets is my impromptu pizza dough, or really just flat bread. Pita works as well so long as the center isn’t hollowed out. This crust freezes easily, thaws easily, and is very versatile for a late night snack to a small dinner to a make your own pizza party. The only other basic ingredients you need on hand are tomato sauce (though you can substitute-fresh tomatoes, barbecue sauce, spaghetti sauce, pesto, or even make it a pizza blanco), cheese (fresh mozzarella works best but Romano, Parmesan, ricotta, or even jack cheese can be substituted), and your toppings.
For the pizza below, it took me 10 minutes and definitely fit the bill for my late night snack.
1 (7 inch) flat bread
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
1 artichoke heart, quartered
4 fresh basil leaves
Preheat oven to 425. Assemble pizza and bake for about 10 minutes. Slice and enjoy!