16 Pantry And Freezer Meals You Can Whip Up In Almost No Time

Cooking an actually satisfying dinner doesn’t have to require lots of fancy, fresh ingredients. Here are some quick, no-fuss yet tasty meals you can whip up using mostly pantry items and frozen foods.


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Most of the ingredients you’ll need for this Asian-inspired noodle dish like sesame oil, peanut butter, coconut milk, and tamari are non-perishable and sitting right in your pantry. Get the recipe for 15-minute peanut noodles here.

The vast majority of these ingredients come right from a can and don’t have to be refrigerated. So look no further than your pantry to throw together these rice bowls topped with corn, sweet potato, roasted red pepper, and black beans. Get the recipe for sweet potato and black bean burrito bowls here.


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Canned chickpeas, frozen spinach, and non-perishable vegetable broth form the base of this hearty stew. Throw in some spices from your pantry and you’ve got a seriously delicious dinner. You can even make a big batch and save the leftovers for another night. Get the recipe for Mediterranean chickpea stew here.


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Since this flavorful pasta recipe calls for no dairy, you don’t have to worry about having milk or cream on hand. The recipe calls for raw shrimp, but you can absolutely use frozen ones. Then, all you need is white wine, garlic, Old Bay seasoning, and your go-to pasta. Get the recipe for Old Bay shrimp scampi pasta here.


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Canned diced tomatoes, canned black beans, diced green chiles, frozen corn, and vegetable broth form the bulk of this savory soup recipe. You can dress it up with anything from jalapeño to tortilla chips. Get the recipe for 20-minute black bean soup here


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Roasted sweet potatoes are stuffed with a filling made from quinoa, sun-dried tomatoes, canned chickpeas, olives, and fresh or frozen spinach. Drizzle on some tahini or even just a squeeze of lemon and enjoy. Get the recipe for Mediterranean quinoa stuffed sweet potatoes here.


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You can play around with the ingredients and add your own touch depending on what’s in your kitchen. The only essential ingredients are your favorite pasta, canned tuna, avocado, and mayo. Get the recipe for tuna avocado macaroni salad here.


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Always keep a package of store-bought gnocchi on hand. Paired with your favorite canned tomato sauce, you’ve got a satisfying dinner. If you have cheese or fresh or frozen veggies on hand, go ahead and add those too. Get the recipe for gnocchi with tomato sauce here.


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Thanks to cashew milk, lots of garlic, canned navy beans, and vegetable broth, the essential ingredients for this creamy and thick soup are non-perishable. You can add fresh or frozen vegetables, but they’re not essential. Get the recipe for creamy garlic and white bean soup here.

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