10 Pantry Ingredients = A Week’s Worth of Dinner Ideas


Getting through the month on a budget is tough, and finding ways to trim your grocery budget can seem downright impossible. You may already work with lists and coupons and still feel frustrated by your grocery bill.

Shopping from your own pantry may be just the break for your budget that you need. To make both time and money stretch farther than ever, we’ve come up with a week’s worth of dinners you can make with just 10 basic pantry ingredients. You won’t go over budget, and your family will enjoy delicious, healthy, and easy-to-make meals all week long. The secret? Cooking with foods such as canned beans and canned chicken, which add fiber and protein to your meal to make them hearty, filling, and nutritious.

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Here’s your grocery list for a week’s worth of pantry recipes for delicious dinners:

  • canned chicken (3 cans)
  • canned beans (3 cans black beans, 1 can garbanzo beans, and 1 can white northern beans)
  • canned tomatoes (2 cans diced tomatoes, 3 cans fire-roasted tomatoes, and 1 can crushed tomatoes)
  • coconut milk (3 cans)
  • tortillas
  • cheese (1 large block)
  • rice (1 large bag)
  • garlic
  • curry powder
  • Garam Masala

Pantry Recipes

Chipotle-inspired Burritos: Eating out at your favorite Mexican joint gets pricey for a family of four. Make simple burritos at home and you’ll get a tasty, filling, high-protein meal without breaking the bank.

TO MAKE: Cook up a big pot of rice (it’ll save on prep time for the rest of the week), heat up a can of black beans, warm some tortillas, and top with quick salsa made from chopped garlic, crushed tomatoes, and salt. Serve burritos with shredded cheddar.

Chicken Curry: Have an exotic weeknight meal with just 4 simple ingredients! Add canned chicken to your grocery list for a time-saving, budget-friendly pantry staple. Use leftover rice from last night’s meal to save even more time!

TO MAKE: Heat up one can of chicken and one can coconut milk. Add one Tablespoon of curry powder and salt to taste. Serve over warmed rice for a delicious meal in minutes.

Tomato Soup: Comfort food can be quick and healthy, and tomato soup makes the perfect warm and inviting meal on a hectic night. It’s also ridiculously easy to make.

TO MAKE: Pour one can of diced tomatoes and one can of coconut milk into a large pot with ½ Tablespoon of chopped garlic. Heat until steaming, and add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Chicken Taco Pizzas: This kid-approved dinner will be on the table in minutes! Line up the tortillas on a baking sheet and prep all at once.

TO MAKE: First spoon an equal amount of diced tomatoes on each tortilla. Then sprinkle with garlic and a pinch of salt, followed by cheddar cheese. Top each with shredded canned chicken and black beans. Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees until the cheese is bubbly. Slice into quarters and enjoy!

Easy Tikki Masala– This vegetarian meal is tasty, filling, and so quick to make! You’ll love the convenience of canned garbanzo beans.

TO MAKE: In a large pot, mix together with one Tablespoon chopped garlic, one can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, and ½ cup coconut milk (add ½ Tablespoon Garam Masala, optional). Drain one can of garbanzo beans and add to pot. Heat ingredients in a pot over medium heat until steaming, and add salt to taste. Serve over rice.

Chicken Quesadillas: The whole family will love quesadillas stuffed with gooey cheese and chunks of chicken. These quesadillas are so good, you won’t believe how easy they are to make!

TO MAKE: Stir together 1 can of chicken and 2 cups of shredded cheddar. Place the mixture between four tortillas. Fold tortillas in half and grill until golden brown in a frying pan.

Italian Two-Bean Stew: Gather your family for a dinner of warm stew. Eating dinner together as a family encourages good eating habits and communication.

TO MAKE: In a large pot, combine one can of black beans, one can of white northern beans, 2 cans of fire-roasted diced tomatoes, 1 Tablespoon chopped garlic, and one cup of cooked rice. Heat ingredients over medium heat, and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve topped with cheese if desired.

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