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Cooking From Your Pantry

Megan Ostler

It’s mealtime. Your fridge is looking scarce, but there’s no time to go to the store. So you head to the pantry, scan your shelves of random ingredients, and begin formulating what you can quickly throw together. (Or maybe you’re just looking with a blank stare. That’s okay, too.) Does this situation sound familiar? If so, then this article is for you! 

We’ve compiled a list of our taste panel-approved recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Made with staples you likely have on hand, these recipes are great for days when you’re running low on time or your usual grocery items. 

Breakfast Quesadilla

Breakfast

Out of cereal? Make a big batch of Muesli for easy breakfasts. (You can sub in whatever dried fruits or nuts you have, then mix it with yogurt, milk, or kefir!)

Make a hearty Breakfast Quesadilla.

Break out the bacon with this Sweet Potato and Bacon Skillet.

Use any dried fruit you have to make these Fruit and Spice Muffins

Try a versatile and easy Refrigerator Oatmeal.

Mac 'n Cheese with Peas

Lunch

With only five ingredients, these Creamy Chicken Taquitos are insanely good. 

Pair this Creamy Tomato Soup with grilled cheese for a classic lunch. 

Keep it simple with Where’s The Bacon Quesadillas.

Out of bread? Use pancake mix and create Pulled Pork Waffle Sandwiches

Want a healthier chicken nugget? Try these Baked Chicken Dippers.

Get creative with these Pizza Wraps

Involve the kids and make Baked Corn Dogs.

This Mac ‘n Cheese with Peas is the perfect comfort food. 

Throw this Honey Mustard Chicken on salad, rice, quinoa, or whatever you have. 

Sick of pasta and spaghetti sauce? Switch it up with Curried Tomato Pasta.

African Peanut Soup

Dinner

A family favorite: Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

The Easy Chicken Parmesan Bake is the easiest Italian dish you will ever make. 

Just open some cans with this Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

You might not have zucchini, but if you have potatoes and onions in the pantry and salmon in the freezer, this Norwegian Sheet Pan Salmon is a great option. 

Skip the pepper if you don’t have it, but the rest is likely in your pantry for this Instant Pot Quinoa Burrito Bowl.

Swap fresh tomatoes for canned and make this crowd-favorite Vegan Chipotle Chili.

Missing your favorite Indian restaurant? Try this Red Lentil Dhal.

Use frozen broccoli and make Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Got canned beans? Try this 3-Bean Mexican Bake

If you don’t have it, skip the kale, but still make this African Peanut Soup.

Frozen veggies for the win! Try this Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken.

If you have frozen broccoli or any other veggie, try making Honey Sriracha Chicken Rice Bowls.

Dark Chocolate Fruit Bites

Snacks/Treats

Apple Pizzas are a fun snack for kids. 

No marshmallows? Try these Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats.

Craving something sweet? Try these Dark Chocolate Fruit Bites.

Have protein powder? Try Protein Power Balls.

And then make Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cups.


Looking to boost your protein intake? Our new iFit Nutrition protein powders are a great way to do that and they taste delicious in just about any recipe! Also, if you’re sick of cooking, check out our line of delicious and filling meal replacements in the iFit Shop!


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