Stuck inside and trying to make the most of the food you already have on hand? Try these recipes for a week’s worth of delicious pantry-friendly dinnertime dishes. Or, use this as a plan for your next grocery delivery!
Slow-Cooker Pantry Chicken Stew
Most of the ingredients in this recipe are refrigerator and pantry staples, but the final product is anything but ordinary. Have some chicken in the freezer? Just thaw it and use as directed. Running low on fresh vegetables? Feel free to substitute any canned or frozen vegetable blends you have on hand, adding them for the last 30 minutes along with (or instead of) the peas. Try this biscuit recipe for the perfect accompaniment. You can skip the fresh herbs and just use a pinch of each type of dried herbs.
Mediterranean Pantry Pasta Salad
Featuring many of the flavours that make antipasto a hit, this salad is sure to become a new family favourite. Look to your pantry for nearly every ingredient: pasta, marinated artichoke hearts (or substitute drained canned artichoke hearts), jarred roasted red pepper strips, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, nuts (almost any kind will do) and crushed red pepper. Add a little bottled marinade and you have a super flavourful pasta salad in minutes.
Easy Salmon Quiche
Turn two kitchen and pantry staples - frozen peas and canned sockeye salmon - into this delicious quiche. This quiche recipe can be prepped in a flash, thanks to a refrigerated pie crust and canned salmon. Don’t have a refrigerated pie crust on hand? You can instead use a frozen pie shell, or try making your own pie crust from your pantry staples at home.
Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
Pot roast is the perfect pantry dinnertime recipe: Just pull a roast from the freezer or fridge, add some cold-storage vegetables and a few flavourings, and voila! You have a slow-cooked main that everyone is sure to love. Then, make these Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies for dessert to win them over for life!
Roasted Sweet Potato & Garlic Soup
When there’s a chill in the air, there’s nothing better than a warming bowl of creamy root soup. The best part? Root vegetables and tubers last a long time in the pantry and they’re versatile enough to flavour any way you like. This velvety soup is excellent alongside some whole grain bread or buns, but we love it served with a salad, too. Just toss any salad ingredients you have on hand with your favourite Kraft or Renee’s Dressing. Out of lettuce? No worries. Almost any chopped or thinly sliced veggies will make a tasty slaw or chopped salad.
One-Pot Herb-Crusted Pork Chop Dinner
A box of mac and cheese, pork chops, frozen veggies and a few seasonings will take you all the way to dinner in a matter of minutes. Remember, you can swap in any of your favourite frozen vegetables or even use a different meat (such as boneless skinless chicken breasts), depending on what you have on hand. Just adjust the cooking time as needed until the meat is cooked through.
Running low on meat options? Try this delicious vegetarian chili, featuring quinoa and several other canned goods that are probably in your pantry right now! Then, finish off with a little taste of summer in the form of a Quick Peach-Raspberry Crisp (prepared primarily from the pantry and freezer).