20 Healthy Meals to Make with Non-Perishable Foods

We get it. This is a weird time for the world.

If you’re feeling this way, imagine what other people are feeling. They’re likely wandering into grocery stores with half-empty shelves and produce aisles that have been totally picked-over. Following a meal plan might feel extra difficult for them.

But it doesn’t need to be that way. These are sure to help you navigate the shelves of their grocery store with confidence and a renewed sense of excitement. Check the blog for the recipes.

1. Slow Cooker Black Beans & Rice

Rice and beans are two pantry staples that will take your clients far! Even better? This is all popped into the slow cooker for an easy, peasy meal while your clients tend to more important things around the house.

2.Meal Prep Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burritos

These meal prep burritos are great for any meal! They rely on canned food, frozen foods and a few fresh ingredients that can easily be swapped other frozen vegetables. No sweet potatoes? Your client can swap in any other starchy vegetable, including canned pumpkin.

3. One Pot Taco Pasta

Tacos and pasta? You bet! This recipe is a total hit for all ages and calls for dry pasta, canned goods as well as a few fresh ones. No beef? Swap for lentils or extra black beans. No onions? Simply omit them from the recipe.

4. Brown Rice Chips with Salsa

Snacks are essential during a time like this! You know that jar of salsa in the back of your client’s cupboard? This is the exact excuse they’ve been looking for to use it.

5. Maple Turmeric Chickpeas & Freekeh

Chickpeas are a nutritional powerhouse! Whether your clients can find them dried or canned, have them stock up for nourishing and delicious recipes like this one. Freekeh is a great ancient grain that complements chickpeas really well but it can easily be swapped for any grain your clients have on hand.

6. Cozy Curried Lentils with Kale & Cauliflower

This cozy dish relies on warming spices and pantry staples to make it come alive. If your clients can’t find fresh produce, frozen produce of just about any type will work here.

7. Turmeric Chili Rice

Rice + spices = the easiest side dish. This recipe uses all pantry staples to make things super simple for your clients.

8. Garlicky Broccoli & Chickpea Pasta

This is a time for pasta lovers to shine! Have your clients choose their favorite pasta and if there isn’t any broccoli left on the shelves, adding any frozen veggies to this one will be perfect.

9. Spicy Coconut Lentil Soup

Lentils, rice, spices, pantry staples, and water are all combined to make this delicious soup. Encourage your clients to double or triple this recipe as it will freeze well for the weeks to come.

10. Tuna Noodle Casserole

Everyone has that one can of tuna sitting at the back of their cupboard and we can’t think of a better use for it than this recipe. Any type of thick pasta will work, as will most frozen veggies. This is comfort food at its best.

11. Cinnamon Maple Brown Rice Porridge

So your client is all out of oats? Not to worry, rice is here to the rescue! Swap the fresh strawberries for nuts, seeds or additional frozen fruit.

12. Coconut Rice with Beans

This recipe is the most low-key way for your clients to work their way through pantry staples. The best part? It’s also a complete protein!

13. Sun Butter Oatmeal Cookie Granola

This granola is completely customizable and a great way to use those pantry items that have drifted to the back.

14. Cinnamon Oat Museli

A recipe that relies exclusively on pantry staples is the best kind of recipe in times like these. This museli is great warm or cold and can be perfectly paired with you favorite dairy-free milk.

15. Lentil Masala Soup

This soup is such a hit! It uses warming spices and features ingredients that can easily be switched out for canned or frozen substitutes

16. Middle Eastern Lentils & Rice with Crispy Onions

Another simple and delicious recipe that your clients are sure to love! No onions? Top with your favorite seeds to add a nice crunch.

17. Coconut Black Rice Pudding

This pudding makes a great breakfast or snack! It can be topped with just about anything, including frozen fruit, nuts, seeds or your favorite nut butter.

18. Red Lentil Dahl

Made almost exclusively of pantry items, this recipe is cozy and protein-packed. Your clients can sub any fresh ingredients for dried herbs and spices to make it nice and easy.

19. Brown Rice Noodles & Veggies

This simple pasta recipe works with frozen or fresh vegetables and just about any noodle that your clients can find on the shelves.

20. Savoury Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas mixed with a couple of spices and baked make for the perfect high-protein, satiating snack. Any of the spices can be swapped for the spices your clients have in their cupboard.

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