If you are trying to save money and stay in, you’re like the rest of us right now so you’re in good company. I’ve got a list of Pantry Meals that you can make at home, hopefully with ingredients you already have on hand.
Also, these meals are easily modified and I’ve listed substitution ideas with each one, to give you some ideas and a place to start from when you are trying to decide what’s for dinner, or lunch, or 2nd lunch, right now.
Nothing is better or more well-loved than a big bowl of farfalle with meat sauce. One of my favorite hot dishes, and an easy weeknight dinner that your whole family will love.
This recipe includes instructions for making your own sauce from scratch, but the whole scratch cooking crap lost its appeal like t-4 days ago.
If you have pre-made canned sauce, that can definitely be substituted. The fresh onions and garlic can have the dried versions swapped in if you don't have any fresh at the moment. Really, you can just throw any tomato product besides maybe ketchup at this recipe and it'll still be edible.
Even if it isn't, who cares cause you know they are eating it anyway AND all the leftovers because WE DO NOT WASTE FOOD during times like these.
Simple beef and bean burritos with rice all made in a skillet! Load up a flour tortilla or serve with a big bowl of chips. Easy family dinner!
If you don't have one of the ingredients, just leave it out or sub in the next closest thing you have for it. Now is the time to experiment and be inventive. It is like Chopped but with none of the applause or prizes. You're suddenly going to be really glad you have a spice problem. At least you can make rice taste a lot of different ways every day.
Admittedly, these have some ingredients that normal people MIGHT not have in their pantry. Like yeast and buttermilk powder. You CAN skip the buttermilk but you can't skip the yeast, so if you haven't laid your hands on any of that yet, call one of your friends that has baked and also loves her some pre-crazy Costco.
10/10 of them will have a giant-ass pouch of yeast in their freezer and if they won't put some in a canning jar for you and do a trade-off of the sterilized jar with kitchen tongs, I wish on them multiple kids who need to use 37 squares of toilet paper for one poop.
You can cook these in the oven if you don't have your grill fired up.
If you aren't a weirdo like me, chances are likely you won't have a giant hunk of Chinese BBQ Pork in your fridge or freezer. If that's the case, you can use any meat you have laying around. Seriously. Even spam would work in this. That's the only time you'll ever see that phrase typed on this blog. Don't get used to it.
So this is a recipe I really love, and you likely have most of the insanely long ingredient list in your pantry even if you don't have a pantry as big as a bedroom. If you are also lucky enough to have chicken breasts or tenders hanging around at your house, definitely make these.
They are legit delicious.
If you don't have saltines, substitute in a different kind of cracker. Ritz or any kind of party crackers would be bomb.dot.com.
My grilled bean tostadas are cooked on the pellet grill to give them a little wood-fired flavor and served with your choice of toppings. SUPER easy dinner or lunch and very popular with the small people set.