Cooking with Pantry Staples: Easy Recipes for Busy Days

Cooking with Pantry Staples: Easy Recipes for Busy DaysFinding time to cook elaborate meals can be a challenge in the hustle and bustle of daily life.

However, with a well-stocked pantry, you can whip up delicious and satisfying dishes in no time.

In this article, we’ll explore the convenience of cooking with pantry staples and provide easy recipes for busy days. From Asian Slaw to pasta primavera, these dishes are sure to become staples in your list.

I’m sharing these easy recipes for busy days not only because I’m a mom who loves to cook. But also because I’m a bestselling wellness author – known for my longevity book Life is Long: 50+ tips to live a little closer to forever.

Plus I founded the nutritionist recommended online program: The Stop Emotional Eating Course.

8 Easy Recipes for Those Busy Days

1. Asian Slaw

Asian Slaw is a refreshing and vibrant dish that can be made using common pantry ingredients. With a base of shredded cabbage and carrots, this slaw is tossed in a tangy dressing made from pantry staples like soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and honey. The result is a crunchy and flavorful salad that pairs perfectly with grilled meats or as a side dish for any meal.

For dressing, blend olive oil, toasted sesame oil, rice wine vinegar for its mild acidity, and, of course, your choice of sweetener. Whether you want maple syrup, honey, or agave, everything works!

Add soy sauce or a gluten-free alternative, minced fresh garlic, grated ginger, and a pinch of salt to taste. Don’t forget some chili paste if you love spicy.

To complete this delicious, easy Asian Slaw recipe, toss the slaw with the dressing. Adjust the seasoning with additional salt, sweetener, or sesame oil as you or your family like. Store the salad in the refrigerator; it remains fresh for 3-4 days.

2. Chickpea Curry

Chickpea Curry is a hearty and comforting dish that comes together quickly with pantry staples like canned chickpeas, coconut milk, and spices. Simply sauté onions, garlic, and ginger in oil, add curry powder, turmeric, and cumin, then simmer with chickpeas and coconut milk until thick and creamy. Serve over rice or with naan bread for a delicious and satisfying meal perfect for busy weeknights.

3. Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup is a classic comfort food made with pantry staples like canned tomatoes, broth, and dried herbs. Simply sauté onions and garlic in olive oil, add canned tomatoes and broth, and simmer until the flavors meld together. Stir in fresh basil and cream or milk for added richness, then blend until smooth. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and crusty bread for a cozy and comforting meal.

4. Rice and Bean Burritos

Rice and Bean Burritos are a quick and satisfying meal that can be customized with your favorite toppings. Start by cooking rice according to package instructions, then mix with canned beans, salsa, and spices. Spoon the mixture onto tortillas, top with cheese, avocado, and sour cream, then roll up and enjoy. These burritos are perfect for busy days when you need a hearty and flavorful meal on the go.

5. Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna pasta salad is a classic dish that’s delicious and incredibly easy to make with pantry staples. Start by cooking your favorite pasta according to package instructions, then drain and rinse it under cold water to cool. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta with canned tuna, drained and flaked, diced celery, red onion, and bell peppers for crunch and flavor. Add a dollop of mayo, a squirt of mustard, and a splash of vinegar or lemon juice for tanginess. Season with salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices you have on hand, then toss everything together until well combined. Serve chilled as a light, refreshing meal or side dish, perfect for picnics, potlucks, or quick lunches.

6. Quinoa Stir-Fry

Quinoa stir-fry is a nutritious and satisfying dish packed with protein and flavor. Start by cooking quinoa according to package instructions and then setting it aside. Heat some oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet or wok, and add your favorite frozen vegetables, such as mixed stir-fry veggies or a combination of bell peppers, broccoli, and snap peas.

Stir-fry until the vegetables are tender-crisp, then add cooked quinoa to the skillet along with your favorite stir-fry sauce, such as soy sauce, hoisin sauce, or teriyaki sauce. Toss everything together until well coated and heated, then serve hot, garnished with sliced green onions and sesame seeds for extra flavor and crunch. Quinoa stir-fry is a versatile dish that can be customized with any vegetables or protein you have, making it a perfect weeknight dinner option.

7. Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

Lemon garlic roasted chicken is a classic dish bursting with flavor and perfect for a cozy family dinner. Season chicken pieces with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and lemon zest, then drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Arrange the chicken in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil, then roast in a preheated oven until golden and cooked through about 25-30 minutes.

Serve hot, garnished with fresh parsley and lemon slices for a bright and zesty flavor. Lemon garlic roasted chicken pairs well with roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a simple green salad.

8. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

The peanut butter banana smoothie is a creamy and delicious treat perfect for breakfast or a midday snack. Simply blend ripe bananas, creamy peanut butter, Greek yogurt, milk, and a handful of ice cubes until smooth and creamy. You can also add a scoop of protein powder, a drizzle of honey, or a handful of spinach for added nutrition. Pour the smoothie into glasses and enjoy immediately, garnished with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dollop of whipped cream if desired. A peanut butter banana smoothie is a quick and easy way to satisfy your cravings for something sweet and indulgent while providing your body with essential nutrients and energy to power through the day.

Conclusion: Easy Recipes for Very Busy Days

Cooking with pantry staples offers a convenient and budget-friendly way to create delicious meals on busy days. Whether you’re whipping up a batch of Asian slaw, chickpea curry, tomato basil soup, or tuna pasta salad, pantry staples like canned goods, pasta, grains, and spices can be transformed into flavorful and satisfying dishes with minimal effort.

By stocking your pantry with essential ingredients and experimenting with simple recipes, you can enjoy cooking homemade meals in your kitchen that are nutritious, delicious, and perfect for any occasion.

So next time you’re pressed for time or unsure what to make for dinner, turn to your pantry and let your creativity shine.

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