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!)
Serve piping hot bowls of delicious twirled spaghetti bolognaise.
This tasty meal offers great texture and flavour – and is packed with nutrients (and comfort!).
Get your daily dose of veggies in delectable style with these quick and easy tarts.
Quiches in their many variations are a great dinner option. Toss together the ingredients in your pantry for a yummy meal.
Warm your belly with this punchy chilli. Perfect for freezing and snacking on with nacho chips.
Experiment with local ingredients, flavour and fare by giving this bobotie recipe twist a try.
Plant-based dishes are a great way to make use of your food cupboard supplies. This dish is best served warm.
Opt for risotto instead of macaroni, penne or linguine.
Make a double batch and freeze!
While there are many ways to use coconut milk, this spicy, warming curry is unbeatable!
Bonus breakfast, side dishes and desserts
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.
This loaf is perfect for mopping up soup or saucy dishes.
Top with your best-loved spread.
When you’re in the mood for a treat with your tea, enjoy one of these!
For healthy snacking while self-isolating.