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Easy Pantry Recipes for Every Meal

Delicious and easy pantry recipes for every meal of the day. You’ll find hearty breakfasts, quick lunches, snacks, treats and plenty of dinner recipes with pantry staples. These pantry meals are perfect for feeding the whole family or meal prepping during busy weeks! They’re packed with nutrients and made with simple, affordable ingredients.

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With the world going through a time of unknowns I wanted to bring back the basics with a dose of comfort and nourishment. I know many of you have been stocking up on non-perishable food items and pantry staples, so I’m sharing over 30 delicious and easy pantry recipes that you can make for yourself and your family for every meal of the day. If you’re wondering “what can I make for dinner from my pantry?” I’ve got you covered.

Because these healthy pantry recipes are made from a lot of non-perishable food items, there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options to choose from. The ones that do have meat are easy to swap with your fav plant-based protein! There are also tons of gluten free options that use gluten free grains, but be sure to check your labels where necessary.

What are some pantry staples?

The pantry meals below use a variety of ingredients that tend to last for a longer time in the pantry (as opposed to going bad quickly in the refrigerator). The great part about all of these recipes is that they’re super customizable. Feel free to add veggies that you have on-hand and need to use up or that are going bad and feel free to mix & match similar grains and proteins. Here are some staples I recommend having on-hand:

To keep in your cupboard or on your counter:

  • rice
  • quinoa
  • bread or wraps (gluten free if desired): keep bread in the freezer if you’ll be eating it for more than a few days!
  • pasta
  • baking ingredients like flours (all purpose or almond & coconut flours, depending on what you like to use), sugar (I often have brown or coconut sugar), cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder
  • honey
  • oats: I find that rolled oats are easier to cook and bake with than steel cut
  • beans
  • lentils
  • chickpeas
  • canned tuna and/or canned salmon
  • nuts
  • nut butters and/or tahini
  • chia seeds
  • flaxseed meal
  • chicken or vegetable broth
  • tomato sauce
  • olive or coconut oil
  • non-dairy milk (unopened, shelf stable)
  • canned coconut milk
  • dried herbs & plenty of spices
  • sweet potatoes
  • bananas
  • herbs, spices, salt & pepper

If you’re able to, I’d recommend checking the bulk section of the grocery store for many of these items for the most affordable options!

To stock your fridge & freezer:

  • eggs
  • chicken (store some in the freezer!)
  • basic veggies: carrots, tomatoes, leafy greens, bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage
  • basic fruits: apples, oranges
  • frozen fruits & veggies
  • Optional add-ons: cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, hummus, condiments (BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard)

Tips for prepping and storing

  1. Extend the shelf life of things like bread and even fresh fruits and veggies by keeping them in the freezer until you’re ready to use them.
  2. Double a recipe and store half in the freezer. Breakfast & snack items like muffins, burritos and even pancakes are great to keep in the freezer, as well as soups and chilis for dinner. Be sure to check the recipe’s full blog post for tips on storing and freezing!

I hope you find some new, delicious pantry recipes here that you love and that bring you even just a little bit of comfort in a time of uncertainty. Turn on your favorite music, pick a few to cook and bake this week and enjoy! Sending love to all of you.

Hearty Breakfasts

peanut butter banana baked oatmeal cups on a wooden serving board

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups

Healthy Banana Oatmeal Pancakes (made right in the blender!)

Healthy Breakfast Egg Muffin Cups

Veggie Packed Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos

Fluffy Flourless Peanut Butter Chickpea Muffins

Homemade Chunky Healthy Granola Recipe (vegan & gluten free!)

Healthy Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Avocado Breakfast Burritos

5-Ingredient Chia & Peanut Butter Granola

Easy, Filling Lunches

vegan chickpea wraps stacked on top of eachother

Vegan Pecan Apple Chickpea Salad Wraps

Green Goddess Tuna Quinoa Salad

Vegan Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl with Orange Sesame Almond Butter Dressing

One Pot Moroccan Chickpea Quinoa Salad

Honey Mustard Apple Tuna Salad

Avocado Blueberry Quinoa Salad

15-Minute Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes

Quick & Easy Black Bean Soup

Green Goddess Tuna Quinoa Salad

Vegan Sweet Potato Burgers

Fiesta Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Better Than Chipotle DIY Chicken Burrito Bowls

Roasted Veggie, Chickpea & Pesto Quinoa Salad

Dinners for the Whole Family (or meal prep!)

vegan tomato lentil soup in a bowl with naan

Vegan Coconut Tomato Lentil Soup

20 Minute Garlic Parmesan Rigatoni with Chicken Sausage & Broccoli

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Lime Crema

The Best Healthy Turkey Chili

Zucchini Mac and Cheese

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Mom’s Ultimate Vegetarian Lentil Loaf

Classic Minestrone Soup

Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese

Kung Pao Chickpea & Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry

Lightened-Up Slow Cooker Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Healthy Enchilada Chicken & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Actually, the Best Vegetarian Chili Ever

Mama’s Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice (Arroz con Pollo)

Slow Cooker Taco Lentil Soup

Stovetop Southwest Tuna Mac and Cheese

Healthy White Chicken Chili

30 minute Healthier Pasta Carbonara

Thai Peanut Chicken, Edamame & Quinoa Stir-Fry

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole

One Pan Thai Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken & Rice

Black Bean, Corn and Quinoa Enchilada Bake (or dip!)

Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese

Thai Tuna Patties with Cilantro Cabbage Slaw

The Best Healthy Turkey Lasagna You’ll Ever Eat

Slow Cooker Black Bean, Quinoa & Chicken Tortilla Soup

Desserts & Snacks

Healthy Rice Krispie Treats in a stack

Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Flourless Black Bean Brownie Muffins

Chia Banana Bread Energy Bites

Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies {vegan, gluten-free & healthy}

Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Absolute Favorite Healthier Hot Chocolate

5-Ingredient Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Vegan No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

5-minute Protein Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Pat’s 4-Ingredient Paleo Crackers

Crispy Toasted Quinoa Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites with Chia + Cacao Nibs

Homemade Healthy Peanut Butter Cups! (low carb, vegan, gluten free)

No Bake Salted Tahini Cookie Dough Fudge

2-Ingredient Paleo Chocolate Frosting (plus TWO other ways to use it!)

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Healthier Flourless Monster Cookies

4-Ingredient Chocolate & Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge (vegan & gluten free!)

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (vegan & gluten free!)

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