Easy Meals With Pantry Staples

Easy Meals With Pantry Staples

Pantry staples are the key to having ingredients on hand to make any recipe! Today on the blog I’m sharing my top pantry staples to get you through just about any recipe!

Have you ever lost track of time and realized you didn’t buy anything to eat for dinner? It happens to the best of us and there’s nothing worse than feeling unprepared! Not all dinners have to be fancy or gourmet. You can take some simple pantry staples and whip up a delicious meal in minutes with the right ingredients waiting for you to use at any time. Believe me, your family will tank you!

The time is better than ever to save yourself some money and a trip to the grocery store! These items can be turned into all different meal styles whether it be Italian, Mexican, Asian, or American cuisine. All of them are versatile and perfect for making quick dinners. Nobody will even notice the difference!

If you like this post, I have a full roundup of quick and easy dinner ideas that I know you’ll LOVE!

Here our top staples to have on hand to whip up any recipes:

  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tuna
  • Potatoes
  • Canned Veggies
  • Peanut Butter
  • Marinade Bottles
  • Tortillas
  • Flour

Top pantry staples everyone should have:


The simplest meal to prepare and oftentimes a fan favorite! Not only is it inexpensive, but pasta is extremely versatile and can be added into almost any course. Add your choice of sauce, meat, and veggies and you’ll have a fantastic meal.

Check out these recipes for ideas:

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Oriental Pasta Salad



Stock up on different variations of rice to include our last minute dinners. Rice is a healthy and easy ingredient to cook. Add some chicken and veggies to it and make your own rice bowl!

Check out these recipes for ideas:

Perfect White Rice Recipe

Fried Rice


Tuna (preferably in a can) is an excellent way to keep protein in your pantry without having to worry about it going bad anytime soon. It can also be served in a salad as a healthier option or just on its own!

Check out this recipe for ideas:

Grilled Chicken Greek Salad


My personal favorite comfort food! Potatoes are amazing with any dish and can be prepared on the grill, boiled, mashed, or baked. Add them as a side, in delicious soup, or alone with some veggies.

Check out these recipes for ideas:

Chunky Baked Potato Soup

Country Fried Steak


Canned Veggies (or leftover fresh veggies if you have them!)

Canned veggies are always great in a pinch! Having a variety of canned veggies will ensure that you are always prepared for just about any recipe! If I feel like my meal is a little slim, adding an extra side of veggies rounds out the meal perfectly! Plus, they last forever making it the perfect addition to your stock pile. Throw them into your pastas, rice bowls, and salads for some healthy flare.

Check out these recipes for ideas:

Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies

Healthy Sheet Pan Fajitas


Peanut Butter

Who doesn’t love a delicious PB&J sandwich for lunch? Peanut butter is the perfect staple to have in your pantry to make a quick sandwich. This is another great protein that will not go bad quickly and give you a boost of energy when you need it.

Check out these recipes for ideas:

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Banana Foster Crepes


Bottled Marinades

Spice up your food and drizzle some marinade over your meal! It is always a good idea to keep these handy! If my week isn’t going as planned, I can always marinate a protein I have on hand to have something great ready for dinner! I don’t use these often but when I do, I’m so glad they are on hand!

Check out these recipes for ideas:

Kung Pao Chicken

Quick and Easy Teriyaki Marinade

Canned Tomatoes

A can of tomatoes is something I always have in my pantry! They are very versatile and can be mixed with any dish you please.

Check out these recipes for ideas:

Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese

Loaded Pesto Pasta Recipe


My kids personal favorite is when I can whip them up a quick quesadilla for lunch. Tortillas are wonderful for cooking quick tacos and easy dishes.

crunchy beef tacos

Check out these recipes for ideas:

Oven Baked Chicken Tacos

Lime Cilantro Chicken Tacos



An essential ingredient to always have in your kitchen! There is nothing like enjoying a nice stack of pancakes for breakfast or fresh cookies for dessert. One of the top recipes on my blog is my famous knotted rolls! We have these at least once per week! Having flour on hand is truly a necessity in my house.

Check out these recipes for ideas:

Buttermilk Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Cookies


Start Stocking up

Although most of the time you may plan your meals ahead of time, you might find some relief in knowing you always have a back up plan. I could honestly create most of my meals from using just these 10 ingredients. It can be fun getting creative making meals from just the staples you have in your kitchen!


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