I went to the store, but there wasn’t much there. The truck never showed up the night before. And when I rolled in at 6:30am, there was no meat, no eggs, no toilet paper, no paper towels. Did I say I was down to one roll of paper towels? I was. I resigned myself to a paper towel-less corona-geddon. Thankfully I have a pantry stockpile, but I really needed to grab meat and produce. Like everyone else, I’m trying to figure out how to combine everything I have to create meals for all the people that are home from work and school. Do you have what you need? Have a few pantry staples but not really sure where to go from there? Don’t worry, I’ve got a few meal ideas using food in your pantry I want to share with you. *And the next store I went to had paper towels, thankfully.
A few pantry staples can work alone or combined, for main dishes. For example, white beans, rice, canned tuna & chicken, and pasta are workhorses. Also, diced tomatoes and chicken broth easily turn stand alone ingredients into meals. These are meal ideas using food in your pantry and not recipes. Recipes are on the way.
Meal Ideas With White Beans
Hydrate dried white beans quickly by covering them in boiling water for one hour, drain and cover again with boiling water for one more hour.
Tuscan White Bean Soup
Saute’ onions and garlic with sausage (optional). Add 12+ oz. frozen spinach, chicken broth , white beans (hydrated).
White Bean Tomato Bake
Simmer white beans (hydrated) in our Magic Bullet Marinara sauce. Top with a fried or poached egg.
Meal Ideas With Rice
Chicken Fried Rice Bowls
Saute’ onions and garlic in olive oil, stir in pre-cooked rice, chicken, frozen peas and carrots, and egg. Season with soy sauce. No chicken? Throw in extra frozen or fresh vegetables.
Cheesy Tuna & Rice Casserole
Two pantry staples! Mix canned tuna with cooked rice, chicken broth, and parmesan cheese. Bake it in the oven covered.
Substitute canned chicken.
Meal Ideas With Pasta
Pasta with Magic Bullet Marinara
No meat? No problem! Whip up our magic bullet marinara sauce, which uses mostly a can of diced tomatoes. Combine with cooked pasta and simmer for 10 minutes.
Throw together pasta, olive oil, and fresh/canned/frozen vegetables. You can use whatever you have on hand.
Meal Ideas With Canned Tuna
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Combine noodles, onions, garlic, canned tuna, chicken broth, and a little flour. Bake in the oven (covered) or get it going in the Instant Pot (my favorite).
Crispy Tuna Cakes
Throw together canned tuna, bread crumbs, and egg. Form into patties and saute’ with olive oil on the stove top. Also, layer these on top of Instant Mashed Potatoes, another pantry staple.
I’m going to work on coming up with a few recipes a week that we can all use while we limit our time inside grocery stores, but still need to cook at home, while staying in. Also, tell me some ingredients you have and I will come up with some ideas for you. We can start this in the comments below!