6 Quick and Easy Pantry Meals

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Close up of a white bowl filled with rice and beans

I feel like food has taken on a new meaning. With the unbelievable state of affairs in the world right now food is associated with a sense of scarcity which makes it feel extraordinarily valuable and comforting. I’m getting my groceries in new ways from new places and feeling grateful for every calorie that successfully arrives in this house.

With all the upheaval, apprehension, fear of the unknown, and new normal emerging I honestly haven’t had any thoughts about blogging…until today. I’ve seen tons of posts on social media for pantry-friendly meals and realized I have a few of my own recipes that fit the bill. So, I figured it was worth sharing a quick list.

Fair warning, some of the recipes are old. Really old. Like wait-until-you-see-the-food-photography old. But, that doesn’t mean they aren’t delicious. I just made the Bruschetta Pasta last night and was reminded that it was actually a tasty, solid recipe. (Update 2020: I’m slowly going back and reshooting a bunch of blog pics and replacing them as I go, but I’m not done yet. See if you can tell which ones below are originals and which have been given a refresh.)

Warm Red Garbanzos

A few pantry basics come together – coconut milk, tomato paste, and soy sauce – for a surprisingly flavorful dish

Warm red garbanzos top shot

Creamy Roasted Carrot Soup

This one relies a bit more on fresh ingredients, but they’re the long-lasting ones: carrots, potatoes, and shallots.

Bowl of Creamy Roasted Carrot Soup topped with pine nuts

Bruschetta Pasta

Cook some pasta, open some cans, dump it in a pan. Et voila!


Creamy Posole Casserole

Canned hominy, canned tomatoes, and canned green chiles come together with a few fresh ingredients to make an easy casserole.


Top down pic of a cast iron skillet filled with cheese and posole

Red and Green Rice and Beans

This was a staple for dinner when I first became a vegetarian, and it’s a nice way to use up some pesto besides pasta.

Rice and beans in a white bowl


Homemade Vegetarian Rice A Roni

I boosted the fiber with whole wheat noodles and tried my best to control the sodium.

Top down view of rice in a white bowl

OK. Those pictures are worse than I remembered. Please feel free to tear them to shreds in the comments. It will make us both feel better.

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