Pantry Meals | 28 Easy Recipes you can make with simple pantry ingredients. Printable guides with a weekly meal planner printable page.
So we have to live out of our kitchens for a few weeks with minimal grocery shopping? Ok, let's do it. We can make pantry meals, no problem!
In this post, I'm including some guides that I've made for you. They're free PDF files that you can download and then print. I sincerely hope this post and these downloadable and printable PDF guides help you prepare some great pantry meals.
My goal is to help you put some meals together for your family whether you have a fully stocked pantry or a limited supply. I hope you can find recipes that fit your family. Make sure to check out the homemade bread sections at the back of the book because homemade bread is happiness 🙂 If something can make you smile during some tough times then it's worth it.
Go down to the comments and let me know what you're making or what your struggles are.
The recipes in this ebook are all on my website because I try to focus on boldly flavored, easily accessible recipes. I try to create recipes that you don't have to run to 5 different grocery stores to find ingredients for. And I try to make sure you don't have to spend unwanted hours in the kitchen to feed your family nutritious and delicious meals.
I collected 28 recipes into PDF format so it's easier to print (hopefully). You can also download the tablet version and bring your tablet into the kitchen with you. Plus I made a weekly meal planner page and included it in the book so that you can print copies to use every week.
The links are at the bottom of the post. Download my Soup Guide down there too - in it, I give a few "Soup Templates" to help you make homemade soup from your pantry items.
I'm a food blogger so I usually have a fully stocked pantry. I know that I have a larger variety of items usually than most people do and I kept that in mind while making the list below. (I'm currently on my way back to my country and don't have a stocked pantry).
A couple of tips I can give you:
Substitute! If one of my recipes calls for a certain vegetable, use whatever is similar that you have on hand. This is especially true for soups and stir-fries. One short pasta shape is as good as the next. Feel free to interchange elbow macaroni with shells etc.
Omit! I use a lot of fresh herbs. If you don't have them, just carry on with the recipe. Pad Thai will still be great without fresh cilantro on top! Use bottled lime juice instead of fresh lime if you need to.
Items that are useful and budget-friendly to keep in your pantry for pantry meals
Below are common items that I tend to keep on hand. I like a wide variety of foods and I test recipes often. I usually have a LOT of fresh produce as well, but this post is about our pantries. I'm including fridge and freezer items here too because I feel the items are pretty common and most people might have some version of these items. (Butter or vegan butter, eggs or tofu, etc.)
- Dried or Canned Beans + Lentils
- Diced + crushed tomatoes, tomato paste
- Pasta Sauce
- Tuna/Canned Chicken, etc.
- Coconut Milk
- Cocoa Powder
- Chocolate Chips
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Frozen pasta like tortellini, ravioli, chow mein noodles
Fridge (Items that are good to have)
- Milk (freezable)
- Butter (freezable)
- Cream (freezable)
- Cheese (freezable)
- Sambal Oelek
- Cooking Oil (olive, vegetable, coconut)
- Vinegar (white, apple cider or rice wine vinegar)
- Oyster Sauce
- Fish Sauce
- Soy Sauce
- Stock (Cartons, Cubes or jarred powder)
- Curry Paste (I keep red + green Thai curry paste on hand)
- Spices (Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Cumin, Coriander, Chili Powder, Oregano, Basil, Red Pepper Flakes, Paprika)
- Noodles (Wheat, Egg Noodles, Rice Noodles)
- Pasta, Quinoa + Rice
- Peanut Butter + Jam
- Seeds (I always have pumpkin, sunflower seeds + chia seeds)
- Potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions + garlic
Pantry Meals: The Recipes Ebook
I've included two versions here:
Using the links above, you can either print it out or you can save it on a tablet and bring it with you into the kitchen. Make sure to print out the weekly meal planner page near the back of the book.
I'm linking here to my How to Make Homemade Soup DIY Guide as well. I hope this helps you out.