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Easy Cooking with Pantry Staples

For those days (or weeks) when you just can't get to the grocery store, these comforting, inventive dishes are all made with staple ingredients you probably already have at home!
Created from scratch in the SideChef Kitchen, where recipe inspiration and ingredient experimentation are a way of life.
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The Wonderful World of Your Pantry

Pantry staples are those ingredients that live on your shelves for the long-term, always ready to jump in and save a recipe. Pasta, canned goods, nuts, flour, and sugar are just a few of the things you'll want to have on hand. While some of these trusty go-to's may not seem like the most exciting additions to a meal, you can count on their flavors in these delicious dishes that know how to use them right.

Masala Master

Spanish Rice and Beans
Live Eat Learn

This Red Lentil and Spinach Masala is packed with leafy greens, thickened with dairy-free coconut milk, spiced with a mix of Indian anti-inflammatory ingredients, and finished with some sliced avocado. This is a great make-ahead meal and can keep in the fridge for up to a week.

Have a Rice Day

Mexican Rice
StreetSmart Kitchen

As with most rice dishes, the success of this recipe depends greatly on having a heavy-bottomed skillet or pot so your rice can get a nice, even cook. The rest is easy!

Luck of the Irish

No Knead Multi-Seed Potato Bread
Berry Sweet Life

This is a healthier version of the traditional Irish potato bread, and it's quite possibly the most delicious, moist, and crispy bread you will ever eat! Additionally, this No-Knead Multi-Seed Potato Bread is incredibly easy to make!

Makin' Me Melt

Tangy Tuna Melt Panini
Food Guru

A quick and easy (plus super tasty) Tuna Melt to add a little zest to a boring day.

Bean-y Baby

Red Lentil and Spinach Masala
Feed Me Phoebe

This easy, vegan Spanish Rice and Beans recipe is quick to whip up and a great source of complete proteins!

Carrot Top

Roasted Carrots with Honey Butter Glaze
A Hint of Rosemary

Upgraded Roasted Carrots make the best side dish that you can imagine for your roasted meats and fish.

Let's Taco 'Bout It

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Thai Fusion Tacos
Girl Eats Greens

Swap ground beef for spicy sweet potatoes for the ultimate vegetarian taco.

Chip Off the Old Block

DIY Potato Chips
Cocina Familiar

These classic DIY Potato Chips are perfect when you're craving this crunchy golden snack! This recipe is also easily scaled if you want to make more.

Auto Tuna

"End of the Month" Tuna Poke Bowl

Canned tuna replaces the traditional raw fish you'd usually find in a poke bowl to create a simple, yet delicious tuna and rice bowl that might just be the answer to all your problems.

Stir the Pot

Fried Rice Loaded with Peas
Proportional Plate

Have some leftover rice? Repurpose it into something even more delicious.

Curry in a Hurry

Spiced Chickpeas

A warm and filling chickpea dish that makes a great budget-friendly meatless dinner, especially when paired with some fluffy rice. Since it tastes great warm or at room temp, it’s also ideal for meal prepping!

Easy Peasy Pasta

Simple Linguine Aglio Olio
Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

This Simple Linguine Aglio Olio is the most incredible, yummy bed to nestle your favorite chicken and meat dishes on (if you have 'em). It is so versatile though that if you toss a few veggies in, it makes a light, amazing meal on its own. Best of all, you can have it ready in minutes!

Dynamic Duo

Barbecue Baked Beans
Garlic & Zest

Baked beans and bacon are about the best ingredients out there, and these quick Barbecue Baked Beans take advantage of convenient foods you’ve probably already got in the pantry.

13 Ways to Repurpose Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Chef Experiments


Last Minute Thanksgiving Dishes

Beverly at SideChef

Seasonal Ingredient: Brussels Sprouts

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Filipino Comfort Food

Rezel Kealoha

The Ultimate Friendsgiving

Beverly at SideChef

Classic Dishes for a Thanksgiving Gathering

Beverly at SideChef

Slow Cooker Delights

Pip & Ebby

Reinventing Thanksgiving Sides

Pip & Ebby

Seasonal Ingredient: Beets


Inspired Salads

Jessica Gavin

Seasonal Ingredient: Fennel

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