Easy and healthy pantry and freezer recipes are crucial to have on hand, especially now. But they’re helpful in so many different situations as well including:
- in times of crisis or food shortages
- when you’re trying to save money
- to use up what’s on hand and reduce food waste
- when unexpected company arrives and you need a quick meal
I love doing a No Spend Month every now and then to use up all the inventory on hand and limit grocery store trips. It gets my creative culinary juices flowing, and helps save a lot of money as well.
If you need a few ideas to use up ingredients on hand, I’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of pantry and freezer recipes from my Registered Dietitian friends and foodie experts from across the internet.
Every single one of these recipes is customizable depending on what you have on hand, as well as what your food preferences are.
Simple Pantry and Freezer Recipes Perfect for Breakfast
These simple breakfast ideas are packed with fiber and protein to hold you over until the next mealtime.
Homemade granola is so easy to make from pantry staple items. It’s easy to throw together oatmeal, mixed nuts, nut butter, dried fruit, and any other random items that need to be used.
Here a few more breakfast ideas:
Lunchtime Pantry and Freezer Recipes
All of these pantry and freezer recipe lunch ideas are super simple to make with ingredients you probably have on hand right now. These would all work for lighter dinner time meals as well.
Some meals may feature fresh produce. These can all easily be substituted with canned or frozen versions. Also feel free to sub out whatever beans and grains you have on hand.
Easy Pantry and Freezer Recipes for Dinner
Dinner doesn’t have to be super complicated. These recipes are perfect for last minute guests and can be pulled together in a pinch. Save any leftovers for lunch the next day!
Again, feel free to substitute out any ingredients you have on hand. Canned veggies, beans, and grains, and proteins can all be mixed and matched for similar recipe combinations.
Simple Pantry And Freezer Recipes for Dessert
No crazy, intricate cooking techniques required for these dessert recipes. These are ultra easy, tasty, and on the healthier side.
Snackable Pantry and Freezer Recipes
Energy balls are the perfect snack anytime. They’re especially great before or after a workout, and can even double as dessert!
We hope you’ve found a few meal ideas to make use of your pantry and freezer contents.
For more easy meal and meal prep ideas to help save money and reduce waste, check out my 5×5 Meal Planning Method!