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Pantry Plan: April 5th

Easy Pantry-Friendly Recipes

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Molly AdamsStamford, CT
NYC cook making the most out of a tiny kitchen! Senior Editor, feedfeed.
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A lot of things have changed in the past month in the face of COVID-19, but one thing that remains constant is the need to cook and nourish yourself, or your family. In this weekly guide, we provide recipes that you can easily pull off based on pantry staples and what you might have on hand. We provide tweaks and substitutions you might need, keeping in mind that access to fresh ingredients may be hard to come by. We hope you use it as inspiration to turn out healthy and hearty meals while riding out this storm at home. Stay safe, be well and take some comfort in the kitchen.
 
Things to Use This Week: Use this as a guide for what to stock up on at the store, or what to grab from your pantry. 
 
Almonds
Dried fruit
Pasta
Frozen ground meat
Eggs
Lentils
Canned Tomatoes
Rice
Chickpeas
 
Things to Prep Ahead This Week: We realize some of the items we rely on from the store each week may be difficult to come by. Here are a few basics you might want to consider making yourself to be as resourceful as possible and to add lots of flavor to your pantry meals! 
Salsa 

Fridge Pickles!  (Veggies starting to lose their crispness? Revive them with an easy pickle recipe)

Jammy Eggs 
 
Waffles (make a big batch and store them in the freezer!)

Chicken or Vegetable Stock

Bomba Sauce (This homemade Calabrian chili sauce is delicious on everything!)




 
 
THE RECIPES
Use these as a guide for inspiration. Just because you don't have every single ingredient doesn't mean you can't replicate the main flavor of the dish! 
 
Can We Hear It for the Canned Tomatoes!
It's amazing the possibilities you can open when crack into a can of tomatoes! From soups, to braises and everything in between, these pantry staples are ALWAYS good to have on hand. 
Tomato and Basil Farro Risotto by @mollyjean4

This creamy riff on risotto is low on ingredients but big on flavor.  Since you won't be using the entire can of tomato paste, make sure to transfer whatever is left to a freezer-safe bag and toss it in the freezer for a later date. As for the farro, if you have some in the pantry, use it!! If not, you can definitely make a similar version of this dish using rice. Just don't par-cook the rice before adding it to the pan. 

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Weeknight Sausage and Beef Bolognese by @mollyjean4

TBH, right now you probably don't need a way to speed up dinner with nothing but time at home on your hands BUT don't let that stop you from making this quick and easy bolognese sauce.  It comes together in an electric pressure cooker with ground beef and spicy pork sausage.  You can use whatever ground meat you happen to have on hand, and if you don't have a pressure cooker, feel free to simmer it on the stove top for about 2 hours. 

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Great Grains (and Seeds!)
Rummage through that pantry; it's time to put nuts, grains and seeds to work. 
 
Smoky Tofu Quinoa and Vegetable Chili by @rachelgurjar

This chili is made from a base of tofu and quinoa. The quinoa makes the dish very hearty!  The tofu is lovely here as it takes on all the flavors of the spices, but if you don't have any, you can omit.

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Cranberry Rice with Crispy Shallots and Nuts by @rachelgurjar

This is a genius recipe for clearing out the panty! Make some rice, toss in some toasted nuts and dried fruit and toss the whole thing with a zesty vinaigrette. Yum!

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Three Cheers for Eggs!
Eggs may be hard to come by at the moment, but for good reason!  These wonders of nature can do just about everything. Fry them for a perfect breakfast, soft-boil for a delicious lunch, bake them into a scrumptious dinner or whip them into a decadent dessert. 
Chilaquiles Verdes with Fried Eggs by @dianemorrisey

This dish is made by frying up tortilla chips in your favorite salsa.  If you don't have any chips, you can make your own by toasting corn tortillas (tossed in oil) in the oven at 425˚F for about 8 minutes, flipping them over halfway through. 

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Garlicky Lentils and Tomatoes with a Soft Boiled Egg and Tahini Honey Sauce by @saratane

Just look at that yolk! Got a can of cooked lentils in the pantry? Perfect! If not, make a batch on the stove top then jazz them up with garlic, ginger and a creamy tahini sauce.

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Weekend Bonus
Creamy Hummus with Garlic, Toasted Sesame and Parsley Topping by @herbs_and_roots

If you learn one new skill during this time at home, let it be the art of homemade hummus. It's so creamy you'll never what to go back to store bought!  One secret we like to use is adding a bit of the aquafaba (or liquid from cooking chickpeas or liquid from the can) to the chickpeas while blending to make things extra smooth.

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Need some more help and inspiration during this difficult time? Send us a DM or post a photo of what you have on hand in stories and we'll send you some recipe ideas!