Stocked up your kitchen with healthy foods, but have no idea what to make? Use these 30 healthy pantry staple recipes as inspiration for your next meal!
With most of the world under quarantine to stop the spread of COVID-19, we are food shopping and cooking at home more than usual. Many restaurants have closed, and it’s important for us to stay inside as much as possible.
If you’re not used to cooking every day, this might feel stressful and overwhelming. It’s even more important to nourish our bodies during periods of stress like this, and that starts with food.
Luckily, pantry staples, like canned beans, dry grains, and frozen vegetables and fruit are super nutritious! We can make simple, delicious, and healthy meals using pantry ingredients as the star.
Here are 30 of my favorite healthy pantry staple recipes. Each recipe features a majority of ingredients that are dry goods, canned, or frozen. Note that you can always substitute other vegetables, grains, pasta shapes, etc. based on what you have on hand.
30 healthy pantry staple recipes
Breakfast – granola
Granola is one of the easiest recipes to make at home! You just need old fashioned rolled oats, liquid sweetener, and oil as your base. Then, you can add whatever extras you want! I love to add cinnamon, nuts, seeds, coconut, dried fruit, chocolate chips…anything goes. Here are some of my favorite granola recipes.
This granola might be my my favorite granola recipe, if I had to choose just one! It reminds me of summer, thanks to coconut and banana chips. You won’t be able to resist this one!
Breakfast – baked oatmeal
If you’ve never made baked oatmeal, you are in for a treat! Baked oatmeal is super easy to make, delicious, and a great make-ahead breakfast option. Each of my baked oatmeal recipes serves 6, so you can feed the whole family.
Bircher Muesli is the OG overnight oatmeal recipe. My version is made with oats, chia seeds, green apple, and yogurt. It’s super creamy and filling, thanks to lots of fiber!
Entrees – grains
You can have any of these entree healthy pantry staple recipes for lunch or dinner. The base of the following meals is grains – from rice to quinoa! Whole grains have several health benefits, are affordable, and shelf stable. You can sub out different grains based on what you have available.
Fried rice fans, this one’s for you. This veggie packed kimchi fried quinoa is a delicious way to use up leftover quinoa (or another grain). You can add any fresh or frozen veggies that appeal to you. I love broccoli and peas!
All my favorite green ingredients are in this recipe! Farro is the base of this nourishing plant-based bowl. You’ll top everything with an easy homemade avocado miso dressing, but feel free to add your favorite dressing instead.
I’ll never get sick of Greek salads, especially when combined with quinoa! This recipe also gets a boost of filling fiber and plant-based protein from lentils. If you don’t have lentils, chickpeas would be a great substitution.
Entrees – pasta
Pasta is always an easy, affordable, and crowd pleasing meal. And it can absolutely be part of a healthy diet! I always add tons of vegetables to pasta dishes to make them delicious and nutritious. You can use regular white pasta, or try a different variety. I like whole wheat, chickpea, and lentil pastas.
This pasta recipe is full of all types of veggies. The sauce is a giant batch of ratatouille, including eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, onion, and garlic. The ratatouille is amazing on its own or as a side to another meal.
Canned tuna is another long lasting pantry staple to keep around. It’s super versatile, especially when packed in extra virgin olive oil. It adds a boost of high quality protein to this delicious pasta salad.
Got frozen shrimp and zucchini noodles? This shrimp scampi zoodles and noodles recipe has tons of garlicky flavor. If you don’t have zucchini noodles, just double the spaghetti and maybe toss in a different vegetable.
This sauce is incredibly creamy and completely plant-based, thanks to cashews! Including the pasta, most of the ingredients are pantry staples, like onion, garlic, nuts, and WINE 😉
Entrees – soups and stews
Few things are more comforting than a homemade batch of cozy soup. I love making big pots of soup or chili to last several meals. If you don’t finish it, just portion out leftovers and store in the freezer. Here are some of my favorite easy soup and stew recipes.