Spending lots of time at home presents a new opportunity to cook simple, comforting meals to nourish yourself and your loved ones. Whether you’ve got a fully stocked pantry or you’re a little low on supplies, these pantry-practical recipes will help you cook great-tasting, healthy meals. Feel free to make substitutions. You never know what amazing creations you’ll come up with!
In this comforting plant-based shepherd’s pot pie, mashed potatoes top off a medley of frozen veggies in a thick, savory gravy flavored with nutritional yeast. Note: If you don’t have arrowroot flour, tapioca flour or potato starch will give similar results.
This quick and easy dish uses frozen stir-fry vegetables along with quinoa, fresh ginger, and garlic. Packed soon after picking, canned and frozen veggies are loaded with nutrients and are great to keep on hand for everyday use. And they’re a lifesaver when you can’t get to the store.
In this 15-minute pasta dish, whole grain spaghetti (or any pasta you have on hand) gets topped with a simple tomato and chickpea sauce. If you don’t have mushrooms, simply leave them out or substitute an equal measure of another fresh or frozen vegetable.
Potato pizza is an authentic Italian delight with mashed beans and roasted garlic to keep the sliced potato topping in place. This recipe uses Homemade Oil Free Pizza Dough, but you could use whatever dough you have, or even toasted pita rounds.
This recipe for chickpea flour pizza crust is gluten-free, easy to make, and delicious. Cook several crusts at once and freeze them for later. Having the frozen crust and bottled marinara sauce on hand means any night can be pizza night.
Transform leftover brown rice into a mouthwatering pudding by cooking it with plant milk, ground cloves, dates, and cinnamon. (The recipe calls for a cinnamon stick, but 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon will work just as well.) Just sweet enough and very satisfying, it’s great any time of the day or night.
This traditional Egyptian breakfast made with dried fava beans, dried cumin, garlic, lemon, and onion, can be served over brown rice. The beans need to soak overnight and take a couple of hours to cook so this is a good dish to make plenty of.
Curb your cravings with these delectable little cookie bites—it’s like having your oatmeal without the bowl! Orange zest gives them a pleasant citrusy flavor, but don’t worry if you don’t have any on hand: you can leave it out and enjoy the raisin-oat flavors.
Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.