If you’re looking for ideas on how to make easy meals from pantry stock, you’ve just hit the jackpot. I’ve curated a collection of over ++ easy recipes using simple food items you probably already have on hand. And, doesn’t “curated” make me sound sort of uppity and fancy? I’m neither and neither are these recipes – but they are good and most of them are very simple and cheap. Check out these easy meals from pantry stock the will give you lots of ideas on how to meal plan and stretch your food budget.
50+ Easy meals from pantry stock
It helps if you have a well-stocked pantry to start out with. Check out my “what’s in my pantry” list for an idea of what I think it ideal to start with. I used what I had on hand to plan a month’s worth of meals for my family of four. Read all the way to the bottom to see what I wish I’d have done differently now that I’m actually dependent on my pantry stock to make meals for my family.
I’ve teamed up with some of the best bloggers out there to bring you lots of simple and delish recipe ideas. Have a favorite you don’t see here? Let me know and I’d be happy to add it.
How to use this list
I’ve categorized these but some of the dishes overlap. If you’re looking for vegetarian recipes, don’t skip the bean and lentil sections.
If the title of a recipe looks good to you, click the link. Most of the recipes will open in a new window. The recipes in bold are my own creations and the recipes not in bold are from other websites. If you like the look of the recipe and want to save it for later, the best way to do that is to pin it to Pinterest.
If you don’t have some sort of family recipe board, now is a great time to create one. If you save a lot of recipes to Pinterest, I suggest making a board called “easy meals from pantry stock” or something like that to keep all of these types of recipes in one place.
Easy meals from pantry stock: Casseroles
Casseroles are a great way to feed your family and stretch your proteins to make more meals.
Easy meals made from pantry stock containing tuna
Tuna is cheap and easy to stock up on. If you’re having trouble finding fresh meat or can’t afford it, tuna is a great source of protein.
Easy meals from pantry stock: soups and stews
Easy meals from pantry stock with rice
Rice is a great pantry staple. We typically keep a large bag of brown rice and another of basmati rice on hand.
Easy meals from pantry stock with beans
Beans are cheap and a great source of protein. If you don’t eat meat, don’t have meat or need to stretch a recipe, beans are a great way to go. I always keep a couple of bags of dry beans on hand but canned beans are a lot easier.
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Pantry dishes are a great way to eat vegetarian.
Easy meals from pantry stock with lentils
Lentils are so versatile and easy to keep on the shelf. There are lots of recipes out there. Here are just a few.
For basic info on cooking lentils, check out The Forked Spoon’s article on how to cool lentils
If you have the urge to whip up bread or cookies from scratch, here are a few things to tempt you.
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