If you’re trying to plan what eating at home might look like for the next few weeks, I thought I’d share what my family is stocking up on in our pantry, as well as some easy recipe ideas for how to use them!
Recipes Using Pantry Ingredients
If you want to skip my shopping list and go straight to the recipes, click on the links below to jump:
- Dinner Recipes
- Breakfast Recipes
- Dessert Recipes
- Staples You Can Make at Home (Usually cheaper!)
My Go-To Pantry Staples
Below you’ll find a list of everything I like to keep on hand in my pantry. You can download a convenient shopping list here if you want to print it off and take it to the store with you!
The amount you need to buy of these items will vary based on what you already have on hand, and the number of people in your home, so I’ve only listed the ingredients I keep in stock– not necessarily the amount you need of each one.
To go along with the pantry items on this list, I like to keep some fresh produce on hand to complete our meals. If you don’t have access to fresh produce, frozen will work in many cases, too. (Keep in mind that you can freeze things like chopped onions, carrots, and celery in easy portions for later, so save anything you don’t use right away.)
Here are my favorites:
- Lemons (or limes)
- Apples or pears
- Fresh spinach
- Sweet potatoes
- Yukon Gold potatoes
- Medjool dates (I’m seriously stocked up on these)
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Dry red lentils, canned coconut milk, and canned tomato paste.
You’ll also need some basic fresh produce, like onions, carrots, and celery, but you can use frozen if you need to. (This soup also freezes well!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Dry spaghetti, jarred marinara sauce, and dry red lentils.
With this recipe you literally dump these ingredients into the Instant Pot a press a button. If you want to use ground beef instead of the lentils, there are instructions for doing that, too.
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Canned Pumpkin, coconut milk, and maple syrup.
Slow cooker pumpkin soup is an easy “dump” meal that’s packed with flavor and nutrients, thanks to the canned pumpkin. Serve it with crunchy pumpkin seeds on top!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Canned coconut milk, curry powder, spices, maple syrup, and rice or quinoa, for serving.
Coconut curry makes an easy weeknight meal, and you can use up any vegetables you happen to have on hand– fresh or frozen!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Dry quinoa, salsa, canned black beans, and spices.
These quinoa burrito bowls are the perfect recipe for a pressure cooking beginner. All you have to do is press a button and walk away!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Dry quinoa, canned black beans, and spices.
This is probably my favorite make-ahead salad of all time. It’s super flavorful, and it lasts in the fridge for an easy packed lunch.
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: canned black beans, canned kidney beans, diced tomatoes, dry red lentils, and spices.
Vegan chili is a hearty meal made with plant-based protein, and it uses the convenience of canned beans. I love to serve this with my vegan cornbread— which technically isn’t made with corn, but it tastes like it is.
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: canned pumpkin, crushed or strained tomatoes, coconut milk, and spices.
This pumpkin pasta sauce is made with canned pumpkin and strained tomato– which is similar to crushed tomatoes or canned tomato sauce, if that’s what you have on hand. It’s addictive over your favorite pasta!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: dry black beans, dry brown rice, and spices.
Make affordable Chipotle burrito bowls at home, and then serve them with a variety of toppings for a build-your-own-bowl situation!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: dry green lentils (or canned), quick cooking oats, ground flax, tomato paste, and spices.
When you need some vegetarian comfort food, this “meatloaf” is a hit! I love the combination of textures and flavors.
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: dry green lentils (or canned), diced tomatoes, and spices.
This lentil soup is hearty and filling, and takes no time to throw together in your pressure cooker! Stove top directions are included as well.
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: cashews, dry pasta, nutritional yeast, and spices.
This Vegan Mac n’ Cheese comes together in minutes! You can blend a handful of ingredients in your blender as the pasta cooks, then simply stir it all together for a comforting dish.
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Dry green lentils, vinegar, and spices.
This lentil salad is hearty, yet refreshing, and will last in the fridge for several days after you make it, so it’s perfect for meal prepping ahead of time.
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Canned chickpeas and spices.
This Vegan Chickpea Salad is filled with fresh Greek-inspired flavors, and takes just minutes to stir together!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Canned chickpeas, dry pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, and spices.
When you pair sun-dried tomatoes with pasta, it’s hard to go wrong flavor-wise. You can stir in any veggies you happen to have on hand, to make this salad nutrient-packed!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Canned Black beans, rolled oats or oat flour, BBQ sauce, and spices.
When I make veggie burgers, I want them to be flavorful and EASY to prepare. These are both! You don’t even need to break out the food processor to make them.
Breakfast Recipes Using Pantry Staples
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Rolled oats, shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, maple syrup, and spices.
Homemade granola is a great make-ahead meal, so it makes for an easy breakfast. Serve it with homemade almond milk and fresh or frozen fruit.
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Rolled oats, peanut butter, honey or maple syrup.
Homemade granola bars require just 4 ingredients that your probably have on hand! Feel free to mix up the nut butter you use, along with any add-ins, to change the flavor.
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Steel cut oats, and any toppings you like.
This is the only way I cook steel cut oats now. Just add the oats and water, press a button and walk away!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Chia seeds, almond milk or rice milk.
Chia pudding is an easy and filling breakfast, loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. You can flavor it however you’d like to!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Chia seeds, cacao powder, almond milk or rice milk, and maple syrup.
Chocolate chia pudding is like having a rich chocolate dessert, for breakfast or a snack! You can sweeten this one with fruit or maple syrup.
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Rolled oats, maple syrup, and almond milk.
Overnight oats make an easy meal prep option, if you don’t mind eating oatmeal more like a chilled bowl of cereal. You can get creative with the toppings, using frozen fruit, cinnamon, or crunchy walnuts.
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Almond flour, olive oil, maple syrup, baking powder, and eggs (or tapica starch for an egg-free version).
Almond flour waffles are extra-filling, thanks to the natural fat in almonds, and you can make these ahead for an easy freezer waffle. My kids love these!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Canned black beans, coconut sugar, chocolate chips, and ground flax.
If you’re stocking up on black beans, you might as well make the most of it with these rich & fudgy brownies!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Canned chickpeas, coconut sugar, oat flour.
You can’t even tell there are chickpeas in these cookies, but they act as a great binder without using eggs, and keep these cookies moist.
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Liquid leftover from canned chickpeas, chocolate chips, cream of tartar.
If you’re already opening up a can of chickpeas, you might as well make the most of the liquid in the can, too! It makes the most amazingly fluffy vegan chocolate mousse.
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Peanut butter, cacao powder, coconut oil, almond flour, and maple syrup.
These bars are a staple in my home because we always have these ingredients on hand! They are rich & decadent, so be warned– they go fast!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Raw cashews, coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup, and vanilla.
Who knew that one of the most decadent desserts can be made with simple pantry staples? This is my show-stopping dessert that I made for parties and guests. It’s always a hit!
Staples You can Make at Home:
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Almonds.
It takes just minutes to make your own almond milk at home, and it tastes better than store bought! I recommend keeping a nut milk bag on hand to make this easily. (Try my 2-Minute Almond Milk to skip the need for straining.)
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Rolled oats.
I’ve tested this method to help you make it as NOT slimy as possible, and it’s the cheapest non-dairy milk option around!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Hemp hearts and dates or maple syrup, for sweetness.
Hemp hearts are a complete source of plant-based protein, and make a super-creamy milk that you don’t have to strain.
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Almonds.
You can make your own almond butter using only 1 ingredient! You just need patience as they break down in your food processor.
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Peanuts.
You can make peanut butter at home in just about 5 minutes, without added oil or sugar. It tastes amazing!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Tomato paste, dates, vinegar, mustard, and spices.
This homemade ketchup takes just 5 minutes to make, and it tastes amazing!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Sesame seeds.
Tahini is a staple in my life– I use it for my favorite Lemon Tahini Dressing and Tahini Dill dressing, not to mention hummus for snacking!
Pantry Ingredients You’ll Need: Tahini, canned chickpeas, and spices.
You can make a creamy and fluffy hummus in just 5 minutes using pantry staples! It makes a great dip for crackers and veggies.
I hope this collection of recipes will be helpful for you in the near future. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you make!
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