Make the most of your pantry staples with this list of my 43 Favorite Pantry Recipes. With everything from bean recipes, pasta recipes, sweet potatoes, and breakfast recipes, there's sure to be a recipe or two you love.
What do you make for dinner when you are short on time, haven't been out to the grocery store for a while, or are stuck inside for a while like we are right now with the Coronavirus? Hopefully, this list of 43 Favorite Pantry Recipes will help! With everything from sweet potato and beans recipes to soups, pasta, and breakfast recipes, this round-up recipe post will keep your family well-fed and nourished from the inside-out.
As most of us have experienced, the last couple of days have been a bit wild. With the quick transition from coronavirus being a distant threat to having to social distance and hunker down in just a matter of days, it's been hard to know what end is up.
But instead of talk about more of what we can find on Instagram or the news, let's focus on what we can do to feel better about life as we find it, shall we?
Because the only real thing we can control is ourselves, I'm focusing on my favorite coping mechanisms and ways to make the most of the time (and closed restaurants) and pantry staples I have on hand.
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✨LET’s TALK #covid_19 SOCIAL DISTANCING COPING MECHANISMS! ✨ We all know this sucks but that it’s essential to prevent an overload on our medical system, so WHAT CAN WE DO to make the most of this time alone and to make it more bareable? Here’s somethings I’ve been doing. I’d love to hear your thoughts too so we can inspire and encourage each other! ✨ make dates to catch up w love ones over FaceTime or zoom ✨ do all the self care items you don’t usually have time for — take long baths, do face masks, read books, paint your nails, etc. ✨ make a list of all the tv shows or movies you want to rewatch or catch up on... and get to it! ✨ make a list of everything you want to do around your house — catch up on your todo list, clean, re-organize, purge your closet, etc. This helps me to feel productive and like I’m making the most of your time at home (... and finally making a dent on that todo list, ha!) ✨ Make a gratitude list of all that you’re thankful for. I’ll start! — I’m grateful for a roof over my head, amazing friends to text and chat with, and the ability to get outside & run. ✨ get outside or get moving! If you live in area if you can be outside and away from people, get out for a run, hike, or walk! The fresh air, sunshine, and endorphins from nature and exercise help our mood. If you can’t get outside, check out some free workout videos on YouTube! ✨ get creative with how you can make the best use of all the pantry staples you have on hand! I’ll be publishing a list of all my favorite staples tomorrow... and I’m currently developing more as I type! ✨ give yourself a high five for how you’re making the most of a stressful and confusing situation. ❤️❤️
Judging by the number of non-perishables that aren't on the grocery store shelves right now, I'm guessing that you may have some pantry staples on hand as well. So, whether you're reading this post in 2020, or on a snow day in 2026, know that I'm doing my best to have you covered with this list of my 43 Favorite Pantry Recipes. Now take care of yourself now, huh? <3
How do you cook with pantry staples?
There are so many recipes you can cook with pantry staples! You can make everything from pasta and soup to main dish dinners and breakfasts.
When you're looking for pantry recipes, chances are you don't have a lot of fresh ingredients on hand. And that's okay! We all get busy, bad weather hits, or we're stuck inside like we are right now for the Coronavirus. So, if you don't have some of the fresh vegetables, you can sub in or omit frozen ones. Same goes with meat -- if you don't have it, you can omit it, or -- in some cases, use canned beans in its place.
What are the best pantry staples to have on hand?
Once you have pantry staples on hand, it's so much easier to make healthy and budget-friendly meals at the drop of a hat! Set yourself up for success by keeping as many as you can of the following on hand.
- Rice -- brown, white, basmati, jasmine, or arborio
- Canned or dried beans
- White or sweet potatoes
- Onions & garlic
- Vinegar -- balsamic, white balsamic, apple cider, white, and red wine vinegar
- Canned tomatoes
- Dried seasonings
- Flour -- all-purpose, whole wheat, or even pastry flour, too
- Lemons and limes
- Sandwich bread -- freeze it to last longer!
- Root vegetables or hearty squash (when in season) -- butternut squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, etc.
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- 9 Best Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes