40 Meals Made Easy From Your Pantry

40 Meals Made Easy

All of us – and our grocery bills – could greatly benefit from using what we’ve got on hand. However, this is especially true for the Hurricane Sandy sufferers who are left without everyday conveniences like a stocked supermarket. For some, I understand, a homemade meal is the least of their concerns. My heart aches for those who have been greatly affected or lost a loved one at the hand of this devastating hurricane. But, for others, getting back to normal and making a good meal using what’s in the fridge or pantry could be just the medicine for mending everyday life.

Included below are my favorite meals made using basic ingredients and simple preparations. I understand that not everyone stocks the same things, but you’re bound to find something that speaks to your pantry staples! You’ll find plenty of soups, sandwiches, hearty casseroles, one-pot wonders, and much more.

Whether you’re picking up the pieces or just looking to get creative with what you’ve got, you’ll be able to find something easy, delicious and money saving below. I hope you find this helpful and have a great weekend!


Mini Meatloaves

Deep Dish Sausage Pizza with Spinach Salad

Make Your Own Mini Pizzas


Crispy Garlic-Roasted Chicken

Quick Lemon Chicken with Garlic and Tomatoes

Best Chicken Pot Pie

Sweet ‘n Sticky Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Saucy Baked BBQ Chicken

Honey-Dijon Chicken Tenders with Zucchini Rice

Chicken Fajita Pizza

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Four Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

Spicy Chicken Kebabs with Lemon Potatoes


Crispy Scallion Potato Pancakes

Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers

Spicy Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats


Classic Italian Lasagna


Tortellini Spinach Salad

Baked Penne with Italian Sausage

Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Shells

Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese

Chicken Pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce


Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Roast Pork Loin with Bacon and Brown Sugar Glaze

Roasted Sausage, Peppers and Sweet Potatoes

Cheesy Bacon Potato Frittata


Sausage and Peppers

Italian Roast Beef Sandwiches

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Red Snapper with Tomatoes, Olives and Onions 

Sautéed Citrus-Herb Salmon


Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Light & Easy French Onion Soup

Ramen Vegetable Soup

Mom’s Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with Parmesan Crisps

Chicken Tortellini Soup

Join the Conversation

  1. Going to check out a few of the recipes. Thanks for sharing. Great round up!!

  2. Such an awesome round-up! I will definitely have to hit these one-by-one – my grocery bill is getting to be unbearable!

  3. What a great collection of recipes!

  4. What a great collection of recipes!

  5. Awesome list of recipes. I just made “pantry pasta” last week – it’s great to be able to make a meal with stuff I already have!

  6. Georgia, this is such a great idea for a post and so helpful for all kinds of reasons. It’s so hard to be on the West coast and to sit and watch all the pain and suffering those on the East coast are experiencing right now. Thank you for acknowledging this and for this wonderful post!

  7. This is the best post! Such great ideas!

  8. I’ve got a recipe posting in the coming weeks. Certainly my favourite warming cookie.

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