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Meal Ideas for When You’re Eating Out of Your Pantry

Meal Ideas for When You’re Eating Out of Your Pantry

Whether you’re trying to make food stretch or are not interested in taking a trip to the grocery store, it’s always great to have food in your pantry that you can use to whip up a great meal. If you pair enough of the right pantry items with a few fresh or frozen foods, you can extend the time that you have between visits to the grocery store. Consider the following meal ideas when you’re eating out of your pantry.


Black Bean Burgers

Black Bean Burgers


If you have canned black beans, you can make black bean burgers. Once you’ve pureed the black beans in a bowl, add your fair share of seasonings such as cumin, paprika, and parsley. In terms of fresh ingredients, an egg will be beneficial in binding everything together. Add some salt, pepper, and onion powder as well. Pull some fresh garlic out of the pantry to finely chop and add to the mixture. Once you’ve created your burger patties, drop them in some breadcrumbs for crunch and texture. You can fry or bake them. Once they’re finished, put them between burger buns and add your choice of condiments and toppings.


Lasagna

Lasagna


Lasagna is a beloved staple in most households. Thankfully, it doesn’t take a lot of time or energy to prepare. Plus, the majority of the ingredients are found in the pantry. Pull out the pre-packaged tomato sauce, lasagna noodles, and seasonings. From the refrigerator, you’ll need the ricotta cheese and the mozzarella cheese. You can sprinkle those in the mix if you have dried Parmesan cheese or dried Romano cheese in the pantry.


Tuna Patties

Tuna Patties


Tuna patties are delicious on their own as an entree. They also go well on a burger bun. When most people think of tuna recipes, they automatically think of tuna fish sandwiches. However, you can make tuna patties using canned tuna, seasonings, and more. Fry or grill them before you serve. Look up other tuna recipes that show you alternate uses for tuna than just sandwiches, like casseroles, pastas, and salads.


Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad


Pasta is the perfect pantry staple because it’s filling and delicious. For pasta salad, use an option like rotini pasta. Once you’ve boiled the pasta, add canned olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, and seasonings. Add a little bit of olive oil and Italian dressing to get the perfect taste.


In most cases, if you have the right seasonings on hand, you can make any meal taste delicious. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with getting creative to try new recipes. As you stretch your ability to master your pantry, you’ll only improve your ability to consistently produce spectacular meals. Taking a few simple ingredients and transforming them into an incredible meal is a skill set that will serve you for the rest of your life.



About Author: Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, and biking.

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