Are you cooking from your pantry and freezer right now? I can relate! These easy vegan pantry recipes will help spice up your meal rotation.
Raiding the pantry and freezer can start to feel kind of repetitive after a while. But these vegan pantry recipes will help you spice up your cooking at every meal.
I've included snacks and desserts, too, because you deserve snacks and desserts!
Oof, y'all. I went from low-key stocking up my pantry with a couple of cans of beans here and there to braving the crowds for the last bag of frozen broccoli. Now, we're stuck at home and trying to make the best of what we have.
Are you in a similar boat? If so, I hope that these freezer and pantry recipes will help make your life easier!
Let's talk about ingredients
I'm really using the word "pantry" as a shortcut to mean "food that lasts a long time."
The recipes below definitely use canned and dried food. Some recipes will use plant milks, because you can get them in shelf-stable boxes. They also include frozen foods and produce that lasts.
Wondering what produce or other fresh foods to expect? I'm talking about food that keeps for weeks or months when you store it properly. Food like:
- bell peppers
- sweet potatoes
- green onions
Basically, if it's a food with a long shelf life, I consider it a "pantry item" in this context. Because really, we're talking about what to cook when you won't have access to a grocery store for a while.
Storing food to make it last
Wondering what's the best way to store the fresh foods listed above? I've got you.
- Store in a cool, dark place: potatoes (Keep them away from onions and garlic.), onions, garlic, uncut ginger, and sweet potatoes
- Store in the fridge: tofu
- Store in the produce drawer: cabbage, apples, carrots (Do not store carrots next to apples!)
- Store in a plastic bag in the produce drawer: bell peppers, cauliflower (poke some holes in the bag), cut ginger
- In a jar with 1" of water near a sunny window: green onions
Got everything stored properly? Awesome! Let's get to the recipes...
Did you run out of bread for making toast? These breakfasts are for you!
Main dishes for lunch and dinner
I'm lumping lunch and dinner together, because they so often go hand-in-hand. Around here, last night's dinner is often today's lunch.
Some of these recipes call for fresh herbs, but I have only selected recipes where you can use dried herbs, if needed. In general, you can substitute 1/3 the amount of dried herbs in place of fresh.
Soups and stews
These get their very own category, because they can be a meal or a side dish.
Some main dishes need a bit of help to make a complete meal. These sides are the help that you're looking for.
Are you blowing through your snack stash at record speed? I've got you.
Who says no shopping means no sweet treats? Not these recipes!