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Your guide to cooking with pantry staples

Affordable, lip-smacking dishes to cook with pantry essentials

by: Ilse Kleinsmidt | 18 Mar 2020
 
Pantry Staples

In a time where ‘self-isolation’ has become a catchphrase, retailers are running out of supplies, and hand sanitiser has become the most coveted item, we’re all searching for comfort – something that food definitely provides in abundance.

Finding yourself in a situation that warrants an extended home stay may lead to stocking up on non-perishable items and products with a lengthy shelf life. The challenge is creating hearty, delicious meals that are affordable and drool-worthy.

We’ve rounded up our favourite recipes that you can make with what you have in your pantry right now – that includes spices, condiments, pastes, pre-made sauces and canned foods; grains such as rice, quinoa, couscous, polenta, pap, pasta; dried pulses such as lentils; as well as seeds, nuts, dried fruit, flours and beans. (Freezer items like frozen veggies also included!)

Spaghetti bolognaise with red kidney beans and baby spinach

Spaghetti bolognaise with red kidney beans and bab

Serve piping hot bowls of delicious twirled spaghetti bolognaise.

Red lentil dahl with roasted cauliflower and poppadoms

Red lentil dahl with roasted cauliflower and poppa

This tasty meal offers great texture and flavour – and is packed with nutrients (and comfort!).

Sweet potato, butternut and chevin tarts

Sweet potato, butternut and chevin tarts

Get your daily dose of veggies in delectable style with these quick and easy tarts.

Roast butternut, leek and spinach crustless quiche

Roast butternut, leek and spinach crustless quiche

Quiches in their many variations are a great dinner option. Toss together the ingredients in your pantry for a yummy meal.

Spicy chipotle bean chilli

Spicy chipotle bean chilli

Warm your belly with this punchy chilli. Perfect for freezing and snacking on with nacho chips.

Bobotie pasta with creamy chutney sauce

Bobotie pasta with creamy chutney sauce

Experiment with local ingredients, flavour and fare by giving this bobotie recipe twist a try.

Quinoa and spinach falafel

Quinoa and spinach falafel

Plant-based dishes are a great way to make use of your food cupboard supplies. This dish is best served warm.

Mediterranean tomato risotto

Mediterranean tomato risotto

Opt for risotto instead of macaroni, penne or linguine.

Chickpea curry with coconut rice

Make a double batch and freeze!

Thai red curry

Thai red curry

While there are many ways to use coconut milk, this spicy, warming curry is unbeatable!

Bonus breakfast, side dishes and desserts

Oat and seed breakfast muffins

Oat and seed breakfast muffins

Kickstart your mornings with these no-fuss muffins that will have you reaching for more. Enjoy them smothered in butter or your favourite fruity jam.

Suzelle DIY's mielie bread

Suzelle DIY's mielie bread

This loaf is perfect for mopping up soup or saucy dishes.

No-knead Cape seed loaf

No-knead Cape seed loaf

Top with your best-loved spread.

Malva pudding rusks

Malva pudding rusks

When you're in the mood for a treat with your tea, enjoy one of these! 

Cashew and tahini bliss balls

Bliss Balls

For healthy snacking while self-isolating.

 

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