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Simple recipes you can make during self-quarantine with ingredients you already have! We’ve stocked our pantries and fridge, now we need some meals to cook. These easy meals are made with pantry staples and are great for freezing.

collage of 3 simple pantry recipes
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What is a pantry recipe?

Any recipe that is made with simple ingredients you can store in your pantry or freezer. This includes meals with ingredients that have a long shelf life!

My favorite pantry ingredients:

We like to eat clean to help us feel our best and often follow an anti-inflammatory diet, so a lot of these recipes will fall into the gluten free and dairy free category:

  • Canned tomatoes: diced, tomato sauce, crushed and tomato paste
  • Beans: black beans, chickpeas, chili beans, kidney beans
  • Pastas: any type will work for these recipe. I love Banza chickpea pasta or a gluten free brown rice pasta
  • Coconut cream: great for making creamy, dairy free recipes
  • Flours: tapioca, oat, almond, coconut and traditional flour
  • Oils and vinegars
  • Spices
  • Quinoa and rice
  • Beef and chicken stock
  • Corn and salsas
  • Potatoes, sweet potatoes and onions
  • Flour or corn tortillas

Proteins and Fruits/Veggies:

All of these recipes include proteins or vegetables. These last as long as you freeze them. You can use pre-frozen fruits and veggies or you can freeze fresh ones.

How to freeze fruits and veggies: wash and chop them then store them in a large freezer bag and place in the freezer. Use them in the recipe from frozen.

I’ve organized the recipes below based on the type of protein you have or are in the mood for.

35 Pantry Recipes:

pantry recipes made with chicken

Chicken and Poultry Pantry Recipes:

poultry and pork pantry meals

Sausage and Pork Pantry Recipes:

collage of simple pantry recipes made with beef

Beef Pantry Recipes:

vegetarian meals made with simple pantry ingredients
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Vegetarian Pantry Recipes:

collage of 3 recipes with "how to freeze meals"

How to freeze meals:

All of these meals are great to make in advance and freezer for up to 6 months.

To freeze: follow each recipe then allow to cool completely. Transfer to a air-tight container or freezer bag and place in the freezer. Thaw overnight and warm up in the oven, stove or microwave.

I hope this post helps you plan meals while you’re staying at home due to COVID-19. If you need additional resources and updates about this pandemic please check out:

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