hether you’re looking for a healthy, delicious meal that will save you time (and money), or if you want a fun way to learn about new cultures and cuisines, cooking from your pantry can be an easy and rewarding experience.

Roasted Garlic & Red Pepper Hummus

Garlic is a beloved food item in many homes, but it may be even more useful than we've given it credit for. This pungent root is packed with antioxidants and has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke. Red peppers offer similar benefits; they contain vitamins A and C as well as carotenoids that support eye health. Hummus itself contains fiber and protein—and it's also just plain delicious!

When you combine these ingredients, you get something special: an appetizer that takes just minutes to make yet tastes like hours of labor went into its creation (even though all the work was done by your food processor). Spread some of this hummus on pita bread or chips; serve it alongside veggies; eat it straight from the bowl...there are no wrong ways to enjoy this dip!

Chicken & Chickpea Salad with Pita Chips

There's no need to scour the pantry for something to cook when all you need is chicken, chickpeas and pita chips. The protein-packed legume and fiber-rich carbohydrate in this recipe make it a healthy option that will keep you full until lunchtime. You can also use any type of lettuce or dressing you have on hand.

You can make your own pita chips by cutting pitas into triangles and baking them according to package directions (about 10 minutes at 350 degrees) or purchase them at the store if time is tight.

Baked Cheese Grits with Old Bay Roasted Shrimp

This recipe can be made with or without cheese grits. It can also be made with or without shrimp. The same goes for old bay seasoning. You're in charge here, so make it your own!

Smoked Mozzarella Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

The first thing you’ll want to do is cook some pasta. Whole wheat or gluten-free varieties are great for this purpose, but regular old dry spaghetti will also work well. Next, puree your tomatoes in a food processor until smooth and set them aside.

Next up: mozzarella! Feel free to use either smoked mozzarella (in which case you may just throw it on top of the pasta) or fresh mozzarella and cut it into cubes or strips (these can be added directly into the tomato puree). And while we're talking cheese...sun-dried tomatoes! Chop up a few pieces of these guys using kitchen shears. Also add some fresh basil leaves—you won't need much because they are very fragrant—and toss with olive oil until coated on all sides; season with salt and pepper.

Finally, toss everything together in a large pot along with an ample amount of water (the ratio should look something like 4 cups liquid per 1 cup dry pasta). If you're using whole wheat noodles instead simply simmer them for about 10 minutes before adding any extras to avoid over cooking them!

Oven-Roasted Tomato Basil Bisque

  • To begin, you'll want to wash and dry your can of tomatoes.
  • Next, chop the basil and add it along with some spices (your favorite brand of canned tomato soup will work here if you don't have any fresh).
  • Once the mixture is blended to a smooth consistency, add heavy cream if desired.

Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken

You can make fried chicken at home. It's true. You don't need a deep-fryer and you don't need to go to the grocery store to buy a whole chicken, cut it up, and dredge it in flour before frying. Instead, you can use any cut of chicken that's on sale — breasts are my favorite because they cook fast!

You can also use any seasoning you like: salt and pepper work great but if you want something more flavorful then try smoked paprika or chili powder (I like using both together). For dipping sauces I usually just make honey mustard or barbecue sauce — anything will do!

You don't have to go out for food, you can make delicious stuff at home!

  • It's cheaper
  • You have more control over the ingredients
  • It's healthier
  • It's fun! Who doesn't like to make food?
  • You can portion it out and control your intake.


With these tips and tricks in mind, you’re ready to cook from your pantry like a pro.  Plus, with such easy access to ingredients online these days, there’s no reason why you should ever have to run out of staples again! We hope this article has inspired some creative ideas for what to make with what’s already on your shelves—get cooking!

May 25, 2022
Food & Nutrition

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