Pantry Staple Recipes

While we are at home quarantined, many of us may find that we are cooking much more than usual. Many people have been stocking up on pantry staples at the grocery store. I wanted to share some healthy recipes that you can make that feature popular pantry staple items. This list includes breakfast, main dishes, snacks, and dessert recipes. It also includes a variety of gluten free, dairy free, and vegan options. All recipes are made with real food ingredients and easy to make!

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Lentil Meatballs

I have been making these lentil meatballs for years and it is hands down one of my favorite recipes. It is a plant-based take on a comfort food. They make the perfect cozy recipe, but are loaded with veggies and legumes. I like topping the lentil meatballs over spaghetti squash or some zucchini zoodles with nutritional yeast.

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“Cheesy” Cauliflower Soup

Introducing my “Cheesy” Cauliflower Soup. This soup is soo creamy and delicious! It is the perfect cozy recipe for the Fall season. It has a creamy and cheesy flavor, but is completely dairy-free! This recipe is also gluten free, vegan, paleo, whole 30 approved and so easy to make!

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Vegan Pistachio Pesto

If you follow my Instagram account (@wellbymel_), you know that I LOVE Trader Joeโ€™s cauliflower gnocchi. It is gluten free, dairy free, and only made with 5 ingredients- cauliflower, cassava flour, potato starch, olive oil, and salt! And it tastes great- it tastes like actual gnocchi! This is one of my go- to easy dinners because it is frozen and so easy to make! All you need to do is cook it on a skillet for a few minutes until fully thawed and crispy and then top with the sauce of your choice. Note: do not follow the package instructions to cook the gnocchi or else they will turn out mushy.

Today, I chose a pistachio pesto sauce. I have had a bag of pistachios in my pantry for a few months and wasnโ€™t sure what to do with them. Iโ€™m trying to be more conscious of food waste so I decided to re-purpose them to make pesto. It was super yummy and really easy! This pesto is dairy free and uses nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor. See full recipe below!

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

Want an easy, peasy meal that takes less than 10 minutes to make? Try out this Cauliflower Fried Rice recipe! This is my go to meal when I want something quick and easy to make or when I’m low on fresh groceries. The best part about this recipe is that itโ€™s made with mostly frozen ingredients!

What’s so great about frozen ingredients? Let me tell you…

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Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Added Sugar Free Banana Bread ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿž

Have some overripe bananas? Use them to make this Banana Bread recipe! I absolutely love this banana bread because it tastes delicious and is gluten free, dairy free, and contains no added sugar. This recipe is naturally sweetened by fruit!

I love having this banana bread for breakfast, as a snack, or as a sweet treat. I like making it on Sunday afternoons and packing it with me for breakfast Monday morning. As a Management Consultant, it is the perfect on-the-go breakfast to take with me to the airport when I fly out Monday mornings.

Note: Because this recipe is made with flours such as tigernut, almond, and coconut, the batter will be thicker and the bread will not rise. If you would like a more traditional rising banana bread recipe, checkout my Banana Bread recipe using oats here.

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Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl ๐Ÿฅ•

This Carrot Cake Smoothie bowl is one of me new favorite smoothie bowl flavors. It tastes like a treat, but is loaded with primarily fruits and veggies. This recipe is gluten free, vegan, paleo, and whole 30. Check out this easy recipe below!

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Lentil Meatballs and Zoodles ๐Ÿ

This is hands down one of my favorite recipes. It is a plant-based take on a comfort food. I love that this dish takes like a comfort food, but is still super lite. See recipe below, it makes about 2 servings.

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