Since we’re all staying at home much more than usual these days, and because we’re probably cooking much more than usual, I thought I’d put together some thoughts on how to cook from your pantry. These are my 30 best pantry recipes. You can make each one of them today and no shopping is needed.
I know it can be daunting to think about making three meals a day, every day, for the foreseeable future. I know some people just don’t enjoy cooking. Maybe cooking just isn’t a skill you’ve developed. There have been other priorities, right?
But maybe we take this opportunity to slow down and learn some new skills. Spend time with our families. Read a book. Play a game. Clean out that guest room closet you’ve been putting off for the last six years (oh wait, that’s just me).
Maybe you’ll start enjoying cooking a little more. Who knows, you might learn to like it. Just a little bit.
SO WHAT DOES COOKING FROM YOUR PANTRY MEAN?
Well, I think it means simply using what you have on hand. For instance, I always, always, always have canned tomatoes in my pantry. And pasta, and onions, and garlic. And beans. Usually, there’s some tuna in there, too, along with flours and cornmeal, vinegar, oils, sugar, spices, and herbs.
Maybe your pantry looks different from mine and you don’t keep a lot of stuff on hand all the time. That’s okay (we don’t really need to clean out all the grocery store shelves, do we?).
Pantry items, in my opinion, also include stored frozen items and fresh things that I buy regularly. In other words, the basics of cooking.My 30 best pantry recipes. You can make each one of them today and no shopping is needed. Click To Tweet
HOW TO STOCK YOUR PANTRY
If you’re trying to get your pantry up to speed, you’ll need to focus on just four main categories: proteins, carbs, veggies, and fats.
Pantry proteins as things like eggs, canned fish, beans, sausage, meat, and fish. The carbs category includes gains, pasta, oats, and longer lasting fruits like apples. As far as veggies go, you’ll want fresh things that last a while like onions and carrots plus very long storage items that are canned and frozen. And the fats are, of course, oils, nuts, and seeds.
ABOUT THE RECIPES
I’ve put together a list of 30 recipes from my blog that each use primarily pantry staples. Many of the ingredients you probably already have on hand and where anything out of the ordinary is called for, I’ve suggested ways you can substitute something else.
The majority of the recipes are pretty simple and require basic kitchen skills. In other words, I’m not trying to teach you how to catch your own wild yeast and make sourdough bread here. And the list gives you enough variety to keep you interested. I think. There’s even a sweet treat or two at the end.
Below each recipe, I’ve included notes about what ingredients, if any, you can substitute in case you don’t have access to what’s called for.
THANKS TO THE HEROES
While the majority of us are at home right now with families close, there are millions of folks out there making sure that we can get the food we need. They’re the farmers, laborers, packagers, processors, warehouse workers, truck drivers, clerks, cashiers, and so many more that are working daily to make sure we all eat. Please take a minute to thank them for what they’re doing.
Also, a huge debt of gratitude goes to Every. Single. Person working in the healthcare field. Without them, well, we’d all be lost.
And last, but by no means least, kudos to all you sanitation workers. Oh my gosh, what unsung heroes you all are.
Like This Post? Pin It!
SNACKS AND SIDE DISHES
SOUPS AND SALADS
A LITTLE SOMETHING SWEET
Be sure to follow me on instagram and hashtag #nevrenoughthyme or tag @nevrenoughthyme so I can see and share what you make! if you like this recipe, be sure to follow me on social media so you never miss a post: