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25 Affordable Recipes From Pantry and Frozen Ingredients

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As concerns ramp up due to the global spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, shelves are being swept clean and it’s time to think about recipes from pantry and frozen ingredients.

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization (WHO) has characterized the COVID-19 a pandemic Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Additionally, it has been declared a national emergency by the president.

Although WHO has expressed concern over the coronavirus, they’ve stated we can still change the course of the pandemic if we  “detect, test, treat, isolate, trace, and mobilize their people in the response, those with a handful of cases can prevent those cases becoming clusters, and those clusters becoming community transmission.” 

Just a note, if you want to stay up-to-date with data-driven, science-based, unbiased reporting of the coronavirus, visit both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). 

If you’re unsure about what kind of shelf-stable or frozen foods to purchase, first, think about what you currently buy and enjoy.

Or, check out my long list of grocery items or my pantry favorites that you may include in your next grocery trip or Amazon shop. 

You might already have what you need to make recipes from pantry and frozen ingredients. It just takes some creativity and planning.

These recipes can be made with pantry staples, shelf-stable, frozen food, or non-perishable food ingredients. 

Examples of Pantry Staples 

Examples of Shelf-Stable Food Items  

Examples of Frozen Food Items 

Check out this food storage chart from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Examples of Fresh Food With A Long Life 

  • Apples 
  • Potatoes 
  • Garlic
  • Onions 
  • Oranges 
  • Carrots 
  • Squash 

Now, let’s get to the meals we’re all here for! 25 Recipes From Pantry and Frozen Ingredients.


Chocolate Oat Bran Muffins 

Double chocolate oat bran muffins made with pantry items including oat bran and cocoa powder.

Hearty gluten-free double chocolate oat bran muffins that’s great for breakfast. Made from pantry-friendly oat brans.

Oat Bran Pancakes With Chocolate Sauce 

A stack of gluten-free pancakes made with pantry items including cocoa powder and oat bran.

Stack ’em up! These fluffy oat bran pancakes are drenched in a homemade chocolate syrup using pure cacao powder.

Panty ingredients in this recipe include cocoa powder, oat bran, sugar, and baking powder.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Oat Bran Pancakes 

Spiced gluten-free pancakes topped wit hpantry syrup and vegan butter.

Want to spice up your breakfast? Pumpkin pie spice is a great addition to any stack of gluten-free pancakes made with oat bran.

Pantry ingredients in this recipe include oat bran, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice, pancake syrup.

Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oats 

A bowl of oat bran mixed with peanut  butter and chocolate chunks - all pantry items!

Bring on the peanut butter and chocolate. We’re having dessert for breakfast and we won’t feel bad about it.

Pantry ingredients include oat bran, brown sugar, peanut butter, and chocolate chunks.

Savory Oat Bran 

A buttery bowl of savory oat bran using vegan butter.

Buttery oat bran cereal bowl that’s perfectly creamy and cozy.

Pantry ingredients include oat bran and salt.


Roasted Carrot Red Lentil Soup 

Bowl of hearty soup made with blended carrots and pantry cooked lentils.

Carrot and red lentil soup that’s definitely not holding back on flavor and satisfaction.

Pantry ingredients include red split lentils, vegetable bouillon, and salt.

Grilled Cinnamon Raisin PB&J Sandwich 

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with raisins.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches aren’t just for the kids. It’s a lunchtime meal for anyone.

Pantry ingredients include peanut butter, fruit jam, and bread.

Black Bean Tofu Burger 

Black bean and tofu burger with mushrooms.

This flavor-packed burger everything you want in a veggie burger: tasty, hearty, and made with affordable ingredients.

Pantry ingredients include beans almond flour, soy sauce, tomato paste, and seasonings.

Vegetable “Fried” Rice, Oil-Free 

Fried rice but without the oil using brown rice, mixed vegetables , and soy sauce.

Got a bag of rice and a bag of frozen vegetables? Alright, come with me, we’re making something delicious.

Panty and frozen ingredients include rice, soy sauce, and frozen vegetables.

Lentil Soup With Kale & Rice 

Bowl of vegetable soup with lentils, rice, and carrots.

Let’s make out food stretch, but still, make it delicious with a big bowl of lentil and vegetable soup.

Pantry ingredients include lentils, tomato paste, and rice.


Vegan Cheese Sauce 

Vegan creamy cheese made with raw cashews.

A cheese sauce without the dairy? Well, sign me up! I have my crackers and veggies ready.

Panty ingredients include cashews.

Green Smoothie 

Green smoothie with frozen fruit including peaches and bananas.

Add a few greens to your life with this easy fruit and veggie smoothie.

Frozen ingredients include bananas and peaches.

Baked Zucchini Fries 

baked zucchini fries with a dipping sauce

Tired of potatoes? Switch it up with these baked crispy zucchini french fries.

Pantry ingredients include nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and salt. Zucchini is also a vegetable that can last a long time – 1-2 weeks when properly stored.


Habichuelas Guisadas From Scratch 

habichuelas guisadas from scratch with potatoes and sliced avocado

With a side of sweet plantains, white rice, and ripe avocadoes….your Puerto Rican dinner is served.

Pantry ingredients include beans, olives, and seasonings.

Vegan Mushroom Chili Sin Carne 

Bowl of vegan mushroom chili with vegan sour cream and cornbread

Time for a plant-based chili that everyone will love.

Pantry ingredients include beans, canned roasted tomatoes, and seasonings.

Vegan Butter Chicken 

Inspired by the Indian dish "Butter Chicken," this vegan alternative is made with tofu and creamy coconut sauce.

Meatless butter chicken inspired by the Indian dish. Made with cubed tofu.

Pantry and frozen ingredients include tofu, seasonings, coconut milk.

Vegan Teriyaki “Chicken” Stir-Fry  

Vegan teriyaki "chicken" stir-fry made with tofu, broccoli, and peppers.

With less than 10 ingredients, this stir-fry can be whipped up in just a matter of minutes.

Pantry and frozen ingredients include tofu, teriyaki sauce, and soy sauce.

Stir-Fry Rice With Vegan “Chicken” 

Bowl of stir-fried rice with tofu and mixed vegetables

Fried rice with tender and chewy tofu chunks mixed with soy sauce, frozen vegetables, and spices.

Pantry and frozen ingredients include brown rice, tofu, mixed vegetables, and soy sauce.

Vegan Picadillo 

Puerto-Rican style picadillo stewed with potatoes and Spanish olives. With a side of sweet plantains and rice.

Puerto Rican-style picadillo with cubed potatoes and Spanish olives. It’s a homecooked meal that’ll make you feel right at home.

Pantry and frozen ingredients include beefless crumbles, potatoes, tomato sauce, and seasonings.

Dairy-Free Mac and Cheese 

Large bowl of smoky, vegan mac and cheese with thick macaroni noodles

Creamy and smooth mac and cheese using raw cashews and smoked paprika.

Pantry ingredients include pasta, raw cashews, nutritional yeast, tomato paste, and seasonings.


Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding 

Chia see pudding made with cocoa powder and plant-based ingredients.

100% plant-based dessert using chia seeds and cocoa powder.

Pantry ingredients include chia seeds, cocoa powder, and pitted dates.

Cinnamon Spiced Breakfast Rice Pudding 

Bowl of rice pudding with pantry raisins and cinnamon.

If you’re like me, with rice always stocked up, getting inventive with rice is a cheap way of getting delicious meals.

Pantry ingredients include rice, maple syrup, raisins, coconut milk, and cinnamon.

Yogurt With Berries and Honey 

Vegan yogurt with frozen raspberries, nuts, and honey.

A yogurt bowl that looks fancy, but really isn’t just top it with your favorite foods.

Pantry and frozen ingredients include raspberries, chia seeds, honey, and mixed nuts.

Homemade Applesauce 

Homemade applesauce made wit plant-based ingredients including dates and cinnamon.

If you only tried store-bought applesauce…get really to be mind-blown. This has 100x the flavor and spice.

Pantry and long-lasting ingredients include apples, pitted dates, and cinnamon.

Dairy-Free Banana Ice-Cream 

Plant-based banana ice-cream made with frozen bananas

Got a few bananas stored in the back of the freezer? Let’s make ice-cream out of them!

Frozen ingredients include frozen bananas.

Tried a dish from this Recipes From Pantry and Frozen list?

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