100+ Kitchen Staples Recipes: Family-Friendly & Easy!

When you can’t go shopping turn your pantry staples into family-friendly kitchen staples recipes everyone will love. Here are 100+ pantry recipes to give you lots of variety and inspiration.

I don’t know about you, but I used to go to the grocery store (to just “pick up a couple of things”) 3-4 times a week. To be fair, the store is right next to the gym where I teach classes 4 days a week, so it was an easy trip.

But now I don’t even want to go to the store, and when I am there it’s a stressful experience – staying away from other people, trying to find what I want/need with supplies running low or non-existent (I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to finally find toilet paper when we were on our last 4-pack of rolls), and adapting to new rules and policies that have never existed before.

I feel like I’m in a constant state of flux, and for someone who struggles with change, it can be very difficult.

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Essential Kitchen Staples

So now that going to the grocery store is a harrowing experience (never thought I would use THAT word for a simple trip to the grocery store, but hey, it is what it is), I’ve taken my grocery stores runs from 3-4 times per week to at the most 1 time per week. 

I have seriously cut back and am working hard to not only keep our exposure to COVID-19 low, but I’m also working hard to get creative with pantry recipes.

Having a well-stocked kitchen and pantry is a time-saver and sometimes a life-saver. It allows you to whip up something quick when you have little time or accommodate impromptu dinner guests with little stress and even less expense.

GRAB out our basic kitchen staples list to always have on hand! It’s broken down by category to help you check off items quickly.


Delicious Family-Friendly Pantry Recipes

When you can’t (or feel like you can’t) get to the grocery store, does that mean you are stuck eating Ramen day in and day out?


With limited access to grocery stores as well as limited access to basic items on the shelves, I knew it was time to compile a collection of family-friendly pantry recipes. That way, you can practice flexibility – both in time and what you make! 

Even if you run out of fresh foods, you can still make a delicious dinner with these pantry staples recipes! Check them out.

this tuna rigatoni is a delicious example of our list kitchen staples recipes

Breakfast Kitchen Staples Recipes

  1. Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
  2. French Toast Bake thanks to Inspirational Momma
  3. Fluffiest Blueberry Pancakes from Pinch of Yum
  4. Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal
  5. Chilaquiles Breakfast Nachos from Super Mom Hacks
  6. Egg Tacos over at Meals and Milemarkers
  7. Healthy Breakfast Sandwich
  8. Easy Oatmeal Pancakes from The Kitchn
  9. Sausage & Spinach Quiche
  10. Rice Pudding Porridge
  11. 2-Ingredient Everything Bagels from Ally’s Sweet & Savory Eats
  12. Bisquick Breakfast Casserole by The Salty Marshmallow

easy oatmeal pancakes are just one example in this list of family favorite pantry recipes

Lunch and Dinner Recipes With Pantry Staples

  1. Vietnamese-Inspired Noodle Bowl
  2. Tuscan White Bean Skillet from The Wanderlust Kitchen
  3. Tuna Rigatoni with Sun-Dried Tomatoes thanks to Eat Yourself Skinny
  4. Healing Chicken and Rice Soup from Pinch of Yum
  5. Greek Chicken Gyros
  6. Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas from Tastes Better From Scratch
  7. Black Bean Tostadas over at Well Plated
  8. Slow Cooker Tangy BBQ Chicken
  9. One Pan Spanish Rice Bake from Catz in the Kitchen
  10. Thai-Spiced Peanut Rice Bowls thanks to Cookie and Kate
  11. Pizza Spaghetti Casserole over at The Kitchen is My Playground
  12. Pot Sticker Stir Fry from Good Housekeeping
  13. Honey Dijon Salmon
  14. Chicken Noodle Soup Casserole from Wine and Glue
  15. Taco Mac and Cheese over at I Wash You Dry
  16. Easy Chicken Santa Fe thanks to Recipe Girl
  17. Three Bean Slow Cooker Chili
  18. One Pot Taco Casserole from Wonky Wonderful
  19. Chicken Pot Pie Casserole thanks to Chocolate Moosey
  20. Grilled Macaroni and Cheese Sandwich over at Kirbie Cravings
  21. Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole from The Country Cook
  22. Sloppy Joes 
  23. The Easiest BLT Sandwich over at Fitty Foodlicious
  24. Chicken Caesar Lasagna from Better Homes & Gardens
  25. Chinese Chicken With Broccoli thanks to Simply Whisked
  26. Healthy Shrimp Fried Rice
  27. Cheesy Mexican Tortilla Casserole from Neighbor Food Blog
  28. Tuna Casserole thanks to Reluctant Entertainer
  29. Marinated White Beans with Olive Oil Toast from How Sweet Eats easy chinese chicken with broccoli is a one of the delicious kitchen staples recipes on our list
  30. Healthier Beef Stroganoff
  31. Teriyaki Chicken Casserole over at Oh Sweet Basil
  32. 3-Ingredient Mexican Rice from Jo Cooks
  33. One Skillet Chicken Enchilada Pasta thanks to Chelsea’s Messy Apron
  34. Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  35. Tater Tot Hotdish Casserole over at A Farm Girl’s Dabbles
  36. Vegan Black Bean and Roasted Corn Tacos from Show Me the Yummy
  37. Stovetop Chili Mac Casserole thanks to Our Best Bites
  38. Red Curry Lentils over at Pinch of Yum
  39. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili from The Kitchn
  40. Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna
  41. Turkey Rice Soup
  42. Chicken Burrito Bowls thanks to Food Folks & Fun
  43. One-Pan Pasta with Tomatoes and Herbs from Joy of Cooking
  44. Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce from Salt and Lavender
  45. Easy Lemon Chicken Potato Casserole from Gimme Some Oven
  46. Creamy Tuna Pasta with Peas and Parmesan by Budget Bytes
  47. Italian Orzo Tuna Salad from The Kitchn
  48. Mediterranean Tuna Noodle Casserole by The Kitchn
  49. Chicken Cornbread Casserole by Cookies & Cups
  50. Chicken Tamale Casserole by I Wash You Dry
  51. Bisquick Burrito Bake by The Country Cook
  52. Classic Cheesy Tuna Melts from Kitchen Frau
  53. Easy Vegetarian Pressure Cooker Taco Soup from Piping Pot Curry
  54. Kitchen Sink Shepherd’s Pie from Mission to Save
  55. Keto Baked Chicken Parmesan from Plating Pixels
  56. Tanian Noodles from Posh Journal
  57. Vegan Pasta Bolognese with Lentils from Fried Dandelions
  58. Yum-a-Setta Casserole from Become a Coupon Queen
  59. Tuna Burrito from Happy Foods Tube
  60. Senate Bean Soup from The Food Network
  61. Easy Chicken Nuggets from Weelicious
  62. Mexican Tortilla Pizza from Weelicious
  63. Easy Honey Garlic Chicken from Cafe Delites

this Bisquick burrito bake is just one of 100+ delicious family-friendly pantry recipes in this list

Appetizer, Side Dish, & Snack Kitchen Staples Recipes

  1. Roasted Garlic Hummus Recipe
  2. Holiday Fruit Side Dish thanks to Foodie Home Chef
  3. Protein Banana Muffins
  4. Tried and True Granola over at Not Quite Supermom
  5. Apple Cranberry Coleslaw
  6. Homemade White Bread from Easy Budget Recipes
  7. Almond Blueberry Granola
  8. Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
  9. Zucchini Muffins
  10. Cheesy Garlic Drop Biscuits from The Sum of All Sweets
  11. Chickpea Fritters from VegCookBook
  12. Mujaddara from Living Sweet Moments
  13. Super Soft No Knead Bread from Spices N Flavors
  14. Easy Tuscan Pasta Salad from Mighty Mrs.
  15. Carrot, Broccoli & Cheese Orzo from Weelicious

this carrot, broccoli, and cheese orzo is just one of 100+ kitchen staples recipes your family will love

Dessert Kitchen Staples Recipes

  1. No Bake Berry Cheesecake Parfait
  2. Eggless Banana Mousse from Pavanis Kitchen
  3. Quick & Easy Mishti Doi (Sweet Yogurt) thanks to Culinary Shades
  4. Healthy Apple Crisp
  5. 3 Ingredient Creme Brulee from The Short Order Cook
  6. Slow Cooker Peach Crisp
  7. Chocolate Wacky Cake over at The Good-Hearted Woman
  8. Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Kitchn
  9. Peanut Butter Oreo Baked Oatmeal from Any Reason Life
  10. Best Ever Chocolate Mug Cake from Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking
  11. Water Cake from The Petite Cook
  12. Eggless Double Chocolate Bundt Cake from My Yellow Apron
  13. Chocolate Pretzel Cereal Treats from The Food Network
  14. Gluten Free Double Chocolate Black Bean Brownies from Weelicious

these double chocolate black bean brownies are just one of 100+ pantry recipes your family will love

There ya go! I hope you enjoy every single one of these kitchen staples pantry recipes! Check them out and add them to your weekly meal plan!


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  1. Oh my goodness! These came at exactly the right time! We’re running out of ideas over here and yup we’re already getting complaints about repeat meals so I was looking for some inspo. A kitchen staples meal doesn’t have to be boring as you’ve shown me! There are so many awesome ideas to try. We’re big fans of mexican food and I saw a bunch of them on here I can’t wait to try! I’m thinking the first is gonna be the Cheesy Mexican Tortilla Casserole from Neighbor Food Blog!

  2. This is a fabulous list! I love that it’s made up of everyday ingredients I probably already have in my kitchen. That way I don’t have to go hunting for a special ingredient. Thanks for this!

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