Feed the whole family with this collection of easy recipes that can be made using common pantry and fridge items and frozen foods. They are budget friendly, suitable for all ages and able to be stored ahead of time in the freezer.
Currently, some food items are hard to come by. If you are struggling to get to the shops or can’t find your regular weekly ingredients, this recipe collection will help you stock up with delicious meals with what you have already got. These easy recipes use ingredients that you will most likely have available in your fridge, freezer or pantry at home. And most can be adapted with simple swaps to suit what you have on hand.
Try these easy ‘home cooks’ pantry recipes to stock your freezer. Here’s what you’ll find below;
- 15 complete dinner and snack recipes that will mostly feed a large family (or provide leftovers!)
- Recipes using common, basic pantry staples. With easy substitution ideas.
- Freezer friendly recipes. Easy pantry recipes which can be made ahead and used to stock up your freezer. Simply allow the recipes to cool completely and store them in labelled and dated airtight containers.
- Long shelf life ingredients. Transform canned foods like tomatoes, creamed corn, beans and pantry staples like flour, rice and pasta into delicious meals that the whole family will love!
Try these easy pantry recipes and get your freezer stocked in no time!
Pantry items used: Canned tomatoes, black beans, chickpeas, passata, garlic and onions and pantry spices.
Substitutions: Any canned beans can be used, depending on what is in your pantry. Try using a can or pack of lentils instead for a meatier texture. The vegetables in this recipe can be adapted to suit what you have available. And garlic powder or a jar of garlic can be used instead of fresh.
Pantry items used: Chicken stock, frozen or canned corn kernels, black beans, canned tomato, tomato paste and pantry spices.
Substitutions: Swap chicken breast for a cooked bbq chicken. (Just add it at the end instead of cooking with the soup). Or, leave it out entirely for a vegetarian option. Use any canned beans you have and if you don’t have canned tomatoes, use extra tomato paste or passata.
Pantry and freezer items used: Rice, pantry spices, garlic, ginger, onions, frozen prawns, frozen peas and corn, bacon, basic pantry sauces (soy sauce, fish sauce), chicken stock.
Substitutions: Add whichever vegetables you have available. Easily swap protein for what you have in your freezer. Try adding chicken thigh, bbq pork, tofu or shredded ham.
Pantry items used: Creamed corn, frozen or canned corn, flour.
Substitutions: Shredded tasty cheese can be used instead of feta cheese. If you don’t have self raising flour, use plain flour and add 2 tsp of baking powder.
Pantry items used: Flour, yeast, Vegemite.
Substitutions: Wholemeal flour or gluten free flour can be used in place of plain flour. Tomato paste can be used instead of Vegemite. If you don’t have Vegemite, try adding toppings like ham, salami, pineapple or whatever you have available.
Pantry items used: canned tomatoes, tomato paste, pantry spices, garlic, dried pasta.
Substitutions: The cream cheese can be swapped for cream or evaporated milk. Fresh parmesan cheese is best, but the packaged version can work too. This sauce can be used over baked chicken or vegetables too, if no pasta is available.
Pantry items used: Pantry spices, canned tomatoes, rice.
Substitutions: The chicken is marinated in yoghurt and spices, but a bbq chicken or plain chicken can be used instead. If canned tomatoes are not available, try passata or tomato paste with a little water.
Pantry items used: Flour, yeast, tomato paste.
Substitutions: Try bread flour or wholemeal flour in the homemade pizza dough. Or if flour is low, try using pita bread, muffins, Turkish bread or even flour tortillas instead!
Pantry items used: basic pantry sauces (oyster sauce, soy sauce, hoisin sauce), chicken stock, cornflour, cashews, rice.
Substitutions: If you don’t have rice available, try serving with quinoa or any type of noodles (ramen, egg, rice).
Pantry and freezer items used: frozen pastry (freezer), pantry spices.
Substitutions: pork mince is generally easy to come by, but sausage mince, beef mince and chicken mince can also be used. Swap the veggies for what you have available.
These pies are perfect to make ahead and fill your freezer with! They make a quick and easy lunch or dinner idea. Just pop the defrosted pies into the oven to re-heat.
Pantry and freezer items used: Puff pastry and frozen chicken, pantry spices, mustard, cornflour.
Substitutions: Add a bbq or shredded chicken to the cooked sauce instead of chicken breast, if required. Swap the ham for bacon, or leave it out entirely.
Pantry and freezer items used: Cannelloni tubes, frozen spinach, pantry spices, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic.
Substitutions: If you can’t find cannelloni tubes, try stuffing large pasta shells instead, or place the filling inside puff or filo pastry and fold into parcels and bake!
Pantry items used: Chicken stock (or vegetable stock for a vegetarian option), pepitas and garlic.
Substitutions: With pumpkin as a base, add other favourite vegetables too. Powdered vegetable or chicken stock mixed with water can be used in place of liquid. Instead of cream, try sour cream, coconut milk, almond milk or powdered milk (mixed with water).
Pantry items used: Pearl couscous, garlic, passata, tinned tomatoes, tomato paste, bread, chicken stock, pantry spices.
Substitutions: Beef mince can be swapped for lamb, chicken or pork (the flavours will change slightly). Couscous can be swapped for pasta, rice, quinoa or other grains. Add any veggies in to suit. Swap passata or canned tomatoes for a can of tomato soup if necessary.
Pantry items used: Canned tomatoes, jalapenos (jarred or fresh), cumin, garlic, chilli, onions.
Substitutions: Use fresh tomatoes if canned are not available. Add your favourite spices and use dried chillies if fresh are not available.
Need some freezer friendly snack ideas too? Try these amazing freezer friendly lunchbox snacks!
If you try any of these easy pantry and freezer friendly recipes, I’d love to hear about it! Feel free to leave a comment or review below, or send me a message. For more food inspiration, tips and to share your own recipes and creations, head over to my Facebook Recipe Group.
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