Cooking From the Pantry

Jars of pantry items on a shelf.

During these times of uncertainty and different types of worries, we figured it could be helpful to spread some pantry-cooking inspiration. Some of us would rather not venture to the store all too often, others need to decrease their costs of living – no matter the reason, relying on cheap pantry ingredients is always a good idea.

Here are some of our favorite recipes that you can whip up more or less only using what can be found in the cupboards, as well as a list of the items we typically keep around the house. To us, this is not a time where we should (or need to) hoard food and prepare for a disaster, but instead a time where affordable simplicity might sound like a good plan. And no matter what state the world is in, creating a foundation with legumes, locally sourced grains and storage-friendly vegetables is a wise decision. It means you’re automatically scoring a smaller eco footprint, doing your wallet a favor and treating your body to nutritious ingredients. Pantry cooking is our favorite, in other words. Hope you’ll find some inspiration here, and be well.

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What We Always Have on Hand

Dried Legumes

Lentils (green, red and black)
Beans (black, white and brown)
Chickpeas
Yellow Peas

Nuts & Seeds

Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Walnuts
Hazelnuts
Sesame seeds
Chia seeds

Grains

Pasta (spaghetti and penne)
Pearled wheat berries
Rolled oats
Flours (wheat, rye, spelt and barley)
Wheat germ
Muesli (homemade)

Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

Potatoes
Carrots
Cabbage
Butternut squash
Yellow onions
Red onions
Garlic
Apples

In the Freezer

Green peas
Greens (chard, green kale, dino kale and spinach)
Herbs (dill, parsley, basil and cilantro)
An assortment of home baked bread

Other

Peanut butter
Crushed tomatoes
Crispbread
Raisins
Sugar
Dry yeast
Cocoa powder
Cooking oils and spices (too many to list)

Favorite Recipes From Our Pantry

  1. Lentil Bolognese
  2. 30 Minute Green Curry Stir Fry
  3. Pantry Lentil Tomato Soup with Spiced Sunflower Seeds
  4. Quick Butternut Squash Soup with Carrots, Apple and Crispy Chickpeas
  5. Yellow Pea Patties with Parsley
  6. Simple and Creamy Green Pea Soup
  7. Winter Minestrone
  8. Yellow Pea Soup
  9. Butternut Squash with Curried Chickpeas

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