Summer is a great time to clean out the pantry while making easy side dishes for your barbecues. You should take time each year to clean out your pantry so you can use the food before they reach their expiration date.
Haven’t we all opened up our pantry thinking, “What can I make?” Here are seven barbecue side dishes you can cook while cleaning out the pantry at the same time.
Tip: When stocking your pantry, keep the cans that are getting close to their expiration dates up front so you can easily see them.
1. One Pot Mexican Pasta
Create a simple one pot pasta dish with those cans of fire roasted tomatoes. This would be perfect with KitchMe’s Grilled Lime Chicken.
- 1 pound spaghetti
- Olive oil
- 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces) Muir Glen Fire Roasted Red and Yellow Tomatoes
- 1 can green chiles (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 2 Tablespoons dried oregano, crushed
- 1/4 cup fresh oregano
- Freshly grated Parmesan (optional)
1. Mix dried oregano with fresh oregano in a small bowl.
2. Marinatetomatoes with half the olive oil, then salt and pepper to taste. Add chilies, if desired.
3. Cook bucatini in a generous amount of salted, boiling water, then drain thoroughly and return to pan.
4. Toss bucatini with oregano mixture and remaining olive oil. Place an equal amount of tomato mixture on top of each serving.
2. Bourbon Maple Slow Cooker Baked Beans
Source: Averie Cooks
Baked beans are the quintessential barbecue side dish, but these — well, they’re amazing. Flavored with bourbon and maple, the slow cooker does all the work for you.
3. Chickpea Curry with Rice
Source: Food Network
We love this chickpea curry because it’s delicious paired with grilled teriyaki chicken but hearty enough for your vegetarian guests. Serve over rice or quinoa.
4. Cheesy Veggie Enchilada Skillet
Source: Domestic Superhero
Get your kids to eat their veggies with this cheesy veggie enchilada skillet. Pair with this hanger steak recipe from KitchMe for a hearty barbecue meal.
5. Clean Out Your Pantry Rice Salad
Source: Eats Well With Others
This clean out our pantry rice salad is a light side dish that will satisfy both vegetarians and meat eaters at your next grill party.
6. Bulgur Salad with Marinated Tomatoes
Source: A Communal Table
Marinate that package of sun-dried tomatoes you never know what to do with and create this light, tangy bulgur salad. Serve it as a side, but make enough for lunch leftovers the next day.
7. Easy Cherry Crisp
Whip up a dessert using that can of cherries that’s been sitting in your cupboard. Mix an oat topping and let it bake while you’re eating dinner.