Our 7 Favorite Healthy Pantry Dinners That Feed the Whole Family

Healthy pantry dinners
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April 20, 2020

By Sheela Prakash

If you’re idea of a pantry dinner is a box of dried spaghetti and a jar of marinara, know that’s only the beginning. A well-stocked pantry — that includes both your dry pantry and your freezer — can deliver so much more and is truly the secret to healthy and more importantly, easy, family dinners. These 7 recipes make use of pantry standby like canned beans, frozen vegetables, and of course, dry pasta, to help you get a wholesome dinner on the table without fuss.

Tuna Pasta Bake from Table for Two

This skillet dinner is part tuna casserole and part pasta bake. If you like, you can replace the canned crushed tomatoes with jarred marinara sauce, which actually means you can forgo the onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning since the sauce is well-seasoned already.

Olive oil braised chickpeas
Photo Credit: Joy the Baker

Olive Oil Braised Chickpeas with Feta from Joy the Baker

This is a brilliant way to turn canned chickpeas into something a whole lot more luxe without any fancy ingredients. The beans soak up lots of olive oil as they braise in the oven, which deepens their flavor and texture.

Easy Vegetable Fried Brown Rice with Egg from Simply Scratch

If you don’t have eggs on hand, go ahead and skip it here — the recipe will be just as tasty without it. You can also toss in leftover cooked and shredded chicken, chopped bacon, or crumbled sausage, if you have some in the fridge.

Tuscan white bean skillet
Photo Credit: The Wanderlust Kitchen

30-Minute Tuscan White Bean Skillet from The Wanderlust Kitchen

This extra-savory vegetarian dinner makes use of things like jarred artichokes and olives to give it Mediterranean flair. Serve it with bread on the side or pile it on top of cooked rice or pasta.

8-Minute Pantry Dal from Oh She Glows

Yes, this spicy mix of red lentils and vegetables really does come together in 8 minutes. While the recipe calls for 4 cups of chopped vegetables, don’t hesitate to use an equal amount of mixed frozen vegetables like broccoli, carrots, and corn if that’s all you have.

Salmon cakes
Photo Credit: Feasting at Home

Simple Salmon Cakes from Feasting at Home

Canned tuna may get more attention than canned salmon but it’s well worth keeping the latter stocked, too. Here a couple of cans are transformed into crispy patties that can be enjoyed as is or tucked between bread for a satisfying sandwich.

15-Minute Tomato Soup from Making Thyme for Health

This cozy tomato soup comes together in next to no time with just a handful of ingredients. What’s even better is that white beans are blending into the pot so each bowl has a satisfying dose of protein and fiber.

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