As many states and cities continue to institute restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, we’ve been stocking our fridges and pantries in preparation for staying home long-term. But if your neighborhood grocery store is sporting empty aisles, don’t fear! Many of the foods you likely already have in your pantry can be transformed into tasty and filling meals. Read on for four dishes you can make from pantry staples.
If you have peanut butter and oats…Make Nutty Loaded Oatmeal
Oatmeal is packed with filling fiber, yet it tends to sit in the back of many pantries for weeks. The fix: Stir a heaping spoonful of peanut butter into hot oatmeal, then top it with any chopped nuts, dried fruit or chocolate chips that you have in your cabinet to use for baking. These add-ins will bulk up the oatmeal and make it feel more substantial, plus provide a tasty alternative to a standard peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
If you have pasta and frozen veggies…Make Veggie-Packed Pasta Toss
No sauce? No problem! A box of pasta and a bag of frozen mixed veggies come together in an easy and tasty pasta toss. Simply cook the pasta and steam the frozen veggies, then mix them in a bowl with a drizzle of oil (olive oil is best, but any oil in your pantry will work!), salt, pepper, and any shredded or grated cheese you have in your fridge. The result: A fresh tasting, minimally processed, healthy pantry meal.
If you have eggs and rice…Make Homemade Fried Rice
Sure, you could fry your eggs and eat rice on its own, or you can put them together to make homemade fried rice. First, cook the rice according to the package instructions (you can use any kind of rice you have in your pantry). Then beat the eggs and scramble them in a skillet. Finally, add the rice to the skillet with some soy sauce or teriyaki sauce and any frozen or fresh and diced veggies you have on hand, stirring until everything is warm and combined. You’ll have a tasty takeout staple in no time!
If you have beans and tortilla chips…Make Oven-Baked Nachos
A bag of crispy tortilla chips can be much more than a crunchy snack—simply grab a can of beans (black, pinto or kidney will do!) and turn it into a fun-to-eat meal. First, spread the chips on a baking sheet, then topped with the beans, plus salsa, shredded cheese, and any other vegetables you have on hand. If you have ground beef or turkey, you can brown it in a skillet and spread it on top of the chips as well. Then pop the baking sheet in a 300°F oven for 10 minutes or so to warm everything up, and you’ll have an impressive spread of oven-baked nachos ready to enjoy!