Whether you’re stuck at home, pressed for time, or just trying to save a little money, pantry meals can help make dinner a breeze.
The past two months of coronavirus-induced social distancing have taught me a lot. For one thing, my kid rocks online learning. I actually think he’s going to be sad when school starts up again. Also, grocery store employees and delivery drivers are real-life heroes, and it’s okay to wear a mask in public.
Know what else I learned? The importance of a well-stocked pantry. After all, pantry meals got us through some pretty tough weeks.
Pantry Meals: Using What You Have
I wrote a post recently that took a deep dive into my angst-filled grocery trips during our coronavirus madness. In order to keep that anxiety at bay, and to support wellness in our community, I’m trying to minimize shopping trips. Some weeks, I skip the grocery store entirely. And that means stretching our food stash a little bit farther.
Pantry meals to the rescue.
My pantry stays stocked full of pasta, rice, canned vegetables, broth, and other quick family favorites. I buy lots of BOGOs (Buy One, Get One), and stock up when items we use often go on sale. Plus, add in frozen staples like meats, veggies, rolls, and pizza, and you have the makings for a plentiful week of pantry meals.
Dinner is Served
Here’s what my week of pantry meals looked like.
While we relied on these pantry meals to get us through a week of quarantine, a generous pantry works for plenty of other situations, too. For instance, when you know you have a busy week coming up, check your stash for quick-cooking staples like pasta and rice. In addition, pantry meals can help you save a few bucks by cutting down your grocery trips. (Check out my tips for un-extreme couponing, too!)
So now just pop into the pantry and see the great meals you have hiding in there!