12 Easy Recipes You Can Make with Pantry Staples

Keeping a stocked pantry and freezer makes it possible to eat well at anytime. We know how it is, when Thursday or Friday rolls around and the fridge is looking bare but you can’t make it to the store.

Old nutrition advice guided us to shop just the perimeter of the grocery store for the healthiest options. But this just isn’t true. The middle aisles are stocked with many single or simple ingredient foods and ingredients – whole grains, frozen and canned fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, healthy snacks, and more.

Below you will find 12 easy recipes you can make with just pantry staples, but first we listed out a few items we like to keep in our pantry that you may find helpful too.

We like to keep our pantry stocked with:
– Whole Grains (oats, bread, rice, pasta, quinoa, crackers, and more)
– Nuts & Seeds
– Canned Tomatoes
– Beans & Lentils
– Dried Fruit
– Nut & Seed Butters
– Canned Fish
– Spices

We like to keep our freezer stocked with:
– Fruits & Veggies
– Meat and Seafood

We stock our fridge and counter space with items that won’t go back quickly, including:
– Cheese (dairy or dairy-free)
– Condiments
– Potatoes
– Squash
– Celery
– Carrots
– Beets
– Onions & Garlic
– Apples
– Oranges
– Bananas (bake with them if they go bad quickly)

The recipes below use just simple ingredients you likely already have on hand.

Main Meal

1. Black Bean Burgers

2. Salmon Patties

3. Gluten Free Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

4. Marinara Sauce

Made with canned tomatoes rather than fresh, you can throw this sauce together in no time. Pair it with your favorite pasta dish.


5. Vanilla Chai Overnight Oats

Photo by Ashlen Leonard, RD of All Nutrition

6. Easy Flaxseed Cereal (Muesli)

7. Vegan French Toast with Berries

One of the best reasons to keep frozen fruit in your freezer is to use it to top French Toast, pancakes, or waffles. Whether you run out of eggs or can’t eat them, this recipe is made with just simple ingredients found in most pantries.

8. Shelley’s Homemade Granola

This one is a family favorite, made with simple whole grains, nuts, and seeds.

9. Gluten Free Flax Pancakes


10. Nutty Flax Bars

11. PB & J Smoothie

Another reason to keep your freezer stocked with frozen fruits and veggies. Smoothies make a healthy snack or meal and don’t require fresh produce.

12. Blueberry Smoothie