Recipe Roundup: 8 Recipes Using (Mostly) Things You Already Have In Your Pantry

For most of us, being stuck at home has meant having to cook a lot more than we’re used to. And since we can’t go get whatever we want at the store, we’ve had to make do with what we can find around the house. There’s still a lot you can make with items that are already in your pantry or fridge, so I asked Zach, our resident chef, to round up a few of his favorites.

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BROCCOLI And Egg Fried Rice

One of my favorite meals to throw together is fried rice! It’s super customizable and takes barely any time to make. This recipe calls for broccoli and scallions, but feel free to throw in other veggies you have sitting around. I love to add carrots, peas, and sometimes chopped peanuts.

 

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PASTA Con Ceci

I don’t know about you, but I always have a few boxes of pasta in my pantry ready to go when I need it. This recipe uses tomato paste to make your own sauce and some chickpeas to add protein and fill you up. The best part is it’ll make great leftovers, so make a really big batch and save some for tomorrow!

 

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Chickpea Nuggets

Everything in these vegan nuggets is a dry good that can be found in your pantry. They’re easier to make than you think- and super filling.

 

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Slow Baked Salmon & CHERRY TOMATOES

This recipe uses minimal ingredients but packs robust flavor. Serve it with a side of roasted veggies and you’re in for a great meal!

 

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Morning Glory Muffins

These healthy and hearty muffins make a great breakfast or afternoon snack! You can even make a big batch and freeze some for later, or eat them all in one sitting like I do.

 

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Baked polenta And Mushrooms

If you’re in the mood for comfort food, polenta is always a great option. You can substitute milk for some of the water if you want it to be EXTRA hearty!

 

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Homemade artisan bread

If you have plenty of time on your hands, then use it as an opportunity to learn a new skill – like making your own bread! It’ll be better than anything you buy at the grocery store, all without leaving your house.

 

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FIVE-FOLD Challah

Now that you’ve mastered a more savory bread, learn how to make my favorite sweet bread. After you’ve made yourself some challah, slice it up and use it to make french toast. Mmmmm!

 

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  1. Thank you for this inspiration! We are working from home and groceries are limited. Putting waay more time into meal planning, obtaining pickup groceries, and cooking. Can’t wait to try the fried rice recipe with our veg on hand, and the salmon/tomato recipe will be a great surprise for my husband, the salmon-fiend!

    1. You’re so welcome. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the recipes! -B