Looking for another edition of pantry meals? Try mixing things up this week by going meatless. Even if you’re not a strict vegetarian, eating meatless has its appeal. Maybe your freezer is running low on meat, or perhaps you’re just trying to limit your grocery budget. No matter what, we’ve got you covered.
Below, you’ll find a week’s worth of quick-and-tasty vegetarian recipes. They’re perfectly pantry friendly, so they’ll help you use up any ingredients you have on hand. If your pantry stock is getting low, use these recipes as a guide for planning your next grocery delivery. Be sure to stock up on staples like canned beans, pasta, pasta sauce and salsa. Add some frozen vegetables and your favourite cheese blends and you’ll be ready for a delicious week.
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
No one will miss the chicken in this hearty and delicious soup, packed with tomatoes, corn and spices. It tastes great with a garnish of tortilla chips, cheese and cilantro, but feel free to get creative here. No Tex Mex cheese in the fridge? Just use whatever cheese you have on hand. Out of cilantro? Substitute chopped green onions or fresh parsley, or just omit the green garnish completely. When dinnertime is done, finish with a home-baked dessert. You just can’t beat Chocolate Chip Cookies, and this recipe is a winner!
Thai Pineapple-Peanut Fried Rice
Travel the world in minutes with this delicious fried rice. If you’re out of red peppers, just substitute some frozen stir-fry veggies, frozen peppers or your favourite frozen vegetable blend. Tofu lasts for a few days in the fridge, so it’s a great staple to keep on hand. If you want something that lasts a little longer, look for a shelf-stable box to store in the pantry.
Simple Vegetarian Pizza
Pizza is the perfect way to use up whatever veggies you have on hand, whether in the fridge or freezer. If you go with frozen vegetables, just be sure to thaw and drain them first. Look to your pantry for other topping ideas. In addition to the olives, try sun-dried tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts or sliced roasted red peppers.
Two-Bean Vegetarian Chili
Chili is a classic family-friendly dish, whether you eat meat or not. This tasty version sits atop brown rice, which teams up with the beans to provide complete protein. A hint of smokiness from the BBQ sauce transforms this chili into something truly special. Have an avocado around? Dice that up and use it as a garnish! For dessert, get the kids in the kitchen to help make these Churros with Chocolate-Caramel Dipping Sauce.
Cannelloni alla Fiorentina
This Italian favourite has a lot going for it. Not only is it a deliciously cheesy pasta casserole that the whole family will love, but it’s also a super-easy one-pot dish! Round out the meal with a side of hot cooked frozen vegetables.
Crispy Vegetarian Tacos
Tacos are a terrific way to use up canned beans. Running low on taco toppings? Jarred salsa makes a simple substitute for the fresh tomatoes and green onions.
Pasta Puttanesca is a classic pantry dish for those nights when you want a quick-and-delicious main without stopping at the grocery store. Here, olives, capers and savoury pasta sauce add tons of umami flavour. Finish off your Italian experience with some Creamy Mochaccino Mousse. Buon appetito!