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Meals from Pantry Staples

Lots of delicious, innovative meals you can make with ingredients from your pantry and freezer!

What can I cook with the food I have on hand?

We are living in interesting times.

In addition to other stresses caused by COVID-19 and quarantine, a new reality for many people is the need to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, perhaps for the first time in their lives! Gone are the days of popping out of the office for a quick salad. Families have stocked their pantries and fridges with the essentials, and now there’s some collective head-scratching on how many boxes of pasta with jarred red sauce we can eat before boredom overtakes us.

Recipe Inspiration! You will be happy to know that your pantry and freezer can provide far more exciting dinners than just plain pasta: things that are nutritious and interesting!

The healthy recipes below should provide you with a great starting point for bringing some variety into your dining. If you do not have every ingredient in a particular recipe, feel free to get creative with what you do have. It’s fun to see how simple food swaps can change an entire dish! Fresh fruits and veggies can be swapped for frozen or canned. If you are missing spices or herbs, omit them or swap a different spice for a new flavor.

The categories of recipes below include the following. Feel free to scroll to any section that sounds interesting or to breeze through them all. We’d love your thoughts on any recipes that you try– or on any other ways you have loved feeding your families during this time:

  • Soups and Chili
  • More you can do with Beans
  • Meals with Rice and other Grains
  • Pasta
  • Breakfast for Dinner
  • Canned fish or chicken