Making dinner every night can be a challenge, especially when you have a busy schedule and you’re not sure you can make a meal from the ingredients in your pantry. With a little creativity and quick thinking, you can prepare a meal in less than 45 minutes without having to run to the grocery store. Here are a few suggestions you may want to try tonight.
Baked Sweet Potatoes
This meal is simple to make and packed with nutrition. Once you bake the sweet potatoes, you can fill them with ingredients like butter, sauteed kale, crushed walnuts, and the protein of your choice.
Curried Lentil Soup
If you have dry lentils, turmeric, canned tomatoes, and coconut milk, you can make this delicious soup in a matter of minutes. Lentils cook quickly and are a great source of iron. You can serve the soup over rice or cook it with cubed potatoes for a more filling meal.
This filling pasta meal is sure to be a family favorite. Many of the ingredients are pantry staples, and you can add chopped tomatoes and spinach for more nutritional value.
Carrot Ginger Soup
Carrot ginger soup is a great dinner idea if you’re looking for something to do with your fresh veggies and want to make good use of the ingredients in your pantry. You can season the soup with onions and a combination of dried and fresh herbs for added flavor. Add a side of avocado toast for a satisfying vegetarian dinner.
You likely have all the ingredients you need for this rich, creamy soup in your pantry. It takes less than an hour to prepare, and you can top it with shredded cheese, sour cream, bacon bits and scallions to make the dinner even more delicious.
Stuffed Shells with Butternut Squash
These shells contain spinach, ricotta cheese, and butternut squash for a tasty and satisfying vegetarian meal. You can also make this dinner vegan by making a cashew cream to replace the ricotta.
Creamy Wild Rice Soup
This hearty soup has lots of veggies, wild rice, and a rich broth that makes it an ideal meal for fall and winter nights. Serve with slices of Italian bread or baguettes to complete the meal.
Tomatillo Zucchini White Bean Chili
If you’re looking for a new way to prepare chili, try using white beans instead of black or kidney beans. Add zucchini and tomatillo for savory smoky flavor, and top with pepitas for more nutrition and a satisfying crunch.
If you have tortillas, shredded leftover rotisserie chicken, cheese, and salsa, you can prepare quesadillas for dinner. Make the meal more nutritious by adding corn or spinach to the filling. Top with salsa for a delicious Mexican-inspired meal.
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
This healthy dinner is filled with color and flavor. Chickpeas, goat cheese, bell peppers, and cucumbers make the salad appealing, and you can add fresh herbs to enhance the flavor of the veggies.
Roasted Veggie Grain Bowl
You can use brown rice or quinoa for this dinner to add more fiber to the meal. Roasted vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts make the dish flavorful and nutritious, and you can top the veggies and grains with roasted pumpkin seeds or cilantro. This dinner is completely customizable, since you can use any hearty vegetables you have on hand.
Keep these easy and healthy dinners in mind any time you have to make dinner in a pinch and want to use ingredients that are already available in your pantry