Healthy Pantry Staple Recipes


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Looking for healthy and easy recipes that you can make with pantry staples? Here are some of my favorite recipes with ideas for everything from oatmeal and peanut butter to pasta and canned beans.

What a time to be alive… I know it can feel really overwhelming at times but I want to support you in any way I can! When I asked on Instagram what content would be helpful right now, so many of you wanted a healthy pantry staple recipes, so I compiled a list of my favorites for you!

Be sure to check out my guide to stocking your pantry with healthy food. That said, if you don’t have all the ingredients to make a recipe you see here, I encourage you to be resourceful and substitute things as needed based on the ingredients you already have on hand. For instance, if an oatmeal recipe calls for specific toppings that you don’t have, skip them or add whatever toppings you have! If a smoothie calls for frozen blueberries, but you only have frozen strawberries…use those! If one of the dinner or lunch recipes calls for a specific vegetable that you don’t have, just skip it or swap it with another vegetable (frozen or fresh). Being creative in the kitchen is fun and who knows, it might help you discover something delicious.

Healthy Pantry Staple Recipes

Baking dish with baked blueberry oatmeal.


  • Peanut Butter Toast – Breakfast doesn’t get much easier than this. A family favorite!
  • Peanut Butter Chia Pudding – Delicious for breakfast, snack or dessert!
  • PB & J Overnight Oats – A protein-packed breakfast that will keep you full for hours. 
  • Baked Oatmeal Cups – Keep these baked oatmeal cups (in four flavors) in your fridge or freezer for an easy, healthy breakfast!
  • Baked Blueberry Oatmeal – I’m a huge baked oatmeal fan! They’re perfect for meal prep and can be customized based on the ingredients you have on hand. I have over 10 baked oatmeal recipes to choose from on the blog!
  • Oatmeal – A round-up of a ton of delicious oatmeal recipes for you to choose from!
  • Coconut Flour Pancakes – Perfectly fluffy pancakes made from pantry staples. 
  • Egg cups – One of my favorite recipes to make in bulk! Customize with your favorite flavors. 
  • Green Smoothie – A staple smoothie recipe made with items you can stock your fridge and freezer with!
  • Banana Almond Butter Smoothie – Another smoothie recipe made from staples.
  • Golden Milk Smoothie – An immune boosting smoothie – one of my favorites!
  • Tofu Scramble – Serve with sliced avocado and toast for a tasty breakfast or snack.
  • Oatmeal Chia Cookies – Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack!

Bowl with quinoa, sweet potatoes, chickpeas and kale with a peanut sauce.


  • Lemon Tuna Salad – The simplest “recipe” if you can even call it that!
  • Broccoli Avocado Tuna Bowl – Packed with immune-boosting ingredients that will keep you full for hours.
  • Hummus Tuna Sandwich – An absolutely delicious open-faced sandwich made from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!
  • Vegan Power Bowl – Use whatever grains and vegetables you have on hand to create this tasty bowl!
  • Lentil Tuna Salad – Mix pantry staples with a few fresh ingredients for this filling salad!
  • Lentil Salad – If you can get your hand on Trader Joe’s pre-cooked lentils, they make prepping this salad a breeze!
  • Kale & Sweet Potato Brown Rice Bowls – Another bowl recipe you can customize depending on what you have on hand. 
  • Chickpea Salad – I love curried chicken salad so I decided to make a plant-based version!
  • Egg salad – Another protein salad made with items you likely have on hand.

Bowl of vegetarian chili.


Bowl of roasted broccoli.


  • Frozen Broccoli – Did you know you can roast frozen vegetables? Meet my new favorite kitchen hack that takes frozen veggies from bland to delicious. 
  • Turmeric Dressing – A dressing that goes well with soooo many recipes. Love having this on hand!

4 different flavors of homemade protein balls on a sheet pan.


Spatula lifting a black bean brownie topped with walnuts and chocolate chips from a pan.


I hope you find this post helpful! If there is a pantry staple recipe that you don’t see here that you’d like me to create, leave a comment below letting me know! 

About Brittany

Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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  1. I can’t wait to add some of these recipes to my line-up! Black bean brownies are one of my favorites. I made them for the family before and they absolutely loved them (before I told them they contained beans). The hummus tuna sandwich sounds delicious!