How to Create Easy Pantry Recipes

How to Create Easy Pantry Recipes

Creating Easy Pantry Recipes requires time and organization. It’s easy to forget yourself when you have a busy lifestyle. Thankfully staple ingredients or foods always bring us back to what a basic lifestyle should be. There’s no longer a need to feel that you have to have everything in your pantry. Knowing what the basic necessities are to create a healthy meal can help.

You may not be sure about the first step, but as long as you know that you need a solution, that’s what counts.

Do an inventory of what you have

Taking an inventory of what you have in your pantry and refrigerator is crucial when budgeting. We all want to save money, and many of us are not good at couponing. (The online dictionary describes couponing as the activity of seeking out or saving discount coupons to save money on food or household purchases.

The first thing to do is to create a list of what you have in your pantry and refrigerator. Making a list will help you figure out what you need to buy to create meals you and your family will enjoy.

Not only will it help you save money and time, but you also won’t have to run out for takeout or have your takeout delivered. Just cook up some pantry staples; it’s healthier.

How to Create Easy Pantry Recipes

Reasons to cook your pantry staples

There are lots of reasons to cook from your pantry. Stress, the number one killer, can be avoided easily. You can also save time and money and use specific ingredients many times. So, avoid stressful situations as much as you can.

For example, flour is sold in bulk. There is no way that you can buy just one cup. Buying bulk items that are pantry staples works. 

Here’s a list to consider

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Canned tuna, Canned salmon, Canned sardines
  • Canned tomato products
  • Different types of grains: quinoa, wheat bulgur, farro, millet
  • Canned peas/beans
  • Spices (baking and cooking)

The ingredients above are generally more affordable when bought in bulk. But if you don’t need a 5-pound bag of flour, rice, or sugar, a 3-pound bag is still a bargain. 

These ingredients also require no refrigeration and must be kept in a cool place.

Easy recipes Pantry items

  • Flour is an essential ingredient in baked goods and non-baked goods. Perfect for cakes, muffins, and even fritters.
  • Sugar, a sweetener used in both baking and cooking
  • Rice, one of the most common grains in many cultures. A dish of plain rice goes well with almost anything from meatless vegetable stew to rice and beans.
  • Beans, perfect in salads, soups, chili and even as a side dish, bean puree served with plain rice.
  • Canned Tuna, Canned Salmon and Canned Sardines are perfect for salads, sandwiches and even appetizers. They also can be substituted for meat, poultry or seafood main dish.
  • Canned Tomatoes are a great substitute for fresh tomatoes.
  • Grains such as Quinoa, Bulgur Wheat, Farro, and Millet may not be in every pantry but are quite common in many households. With many families and individuals incorporating more grains in their diet, it is quite normal to find these grains in their pantry.
  • Canned Peas/Beans are quick meals fixers. They are great additions to salad, stews, and soups.
  • Spices, whether they are for baking or cooking, are a must-have and provide tons of flavors to foods.

Need help figuring out how to create easy pantry recipes? Take a look at these recipes.

Haitian Oatmeal
A great bowl of oatmeal starts with plain rolled oats or steel-cut oats, cooked in water or milk or a combination of both, with spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg for a delicious a comfort breakfast meal.
The most Flavorful and Healthy Zucchini Bread
A moist and delicious zucchini bread made with whole white wheat flour and flavored with spices and rum. Easy to bake and freeze, this recipe makes two loaves or one long loaf.
Black Beans Soup
Black Beans Soup is prepared the same way as Red Kidney Beans Soup or Red Kidney Beans Pureed. Adding vegetables and dumplings are only optional but recommended as they add more flavor and create a hearty meal.
Rice with Green Peas
Rice with Green Peas is an easy way and another way to add color to your rice. Only white rice, green peas and a selection of fresh herbs and spices are required.
How to Create Easy Pantry Recipes
Cracked Wheat or Bulgur Wheat with Leek and Lima Beans
This Cracked Wheat or Bulgur Wheat with Leek and Lima Beans recipe is cooked in chicken stock, then loaded with fresh spices and vegetables! This is the ideal healthy side dish to any meal!
Easy Crockpot Chili Recipe
This delicious, homemade, easy crockpot chili recipe is hearty and perfect for chilly weather. Taste just like your traditional homemade chili recipe with lots of flavors. 
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Easy Crockpot Chili Recipe
Delicious and Dairy Free Grapefruit Cake
A delicious and dairy free Grapefruit Cake with a tantalizing mild citrus taste mixed with almond extract.

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