Having to be in quarantine lately has been difficult for everyone. One of the necessities many of us are finding still requires us to leave the house is grocery shopping. But there are meals you can make from pantry staples during quarantine so you can stock up a little more and lower the number of grocery trips you will have to take, keeping you and your family healthy and safe. Check these out!
Quarantine Black Bean Pepper Nachos
Black beans are full of protein and they typically have a solid shelf life, so go ahead and buy a couple of cans while you’re at the store. These are great if you take some bell peppers and slice them up to use to make nachos. Top the peppers with the black beans, sprinkle with some cheese, and broil for a delicious Sunday meal or anytime snack.
Quarantine Brown Rice
Packaged brown rice is indeed a pantry staple. Rice is so versatile, you can make a stir fry, Mexican dishes, curry, there are a lot of options. Just grab some chicken and veggies to add to it for a delicious, easy stir fry dish or grill up salmon with fresh asparagus.
Canned Tuna and Pasta
Tuna can be hit and miss for many people, you either like it or you don’t. But tuna is really good for you, it contains omega fatty acids and is high in protein. With proper storage, canned tuna can keep for years so you can stock up and it will last for a while. For an all-around pantry staples recipe, grab the tuna, some pasta, and some organic canned tomatoes and make this Easy Canned Tuna Pasta Recipe for a fast meal the whole family will enjoy.
Everyone should have oatmeal in their pantry! It’s easy to make warm oats in the morning and top with brown sugar, honey, walnuts, and some fresh berries. Another easy option is to make overnight oats so everyone can grab one in the morning and enjoy and go about their day. This Strawberry Overnight Oatmeal can stay in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days!
Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
Peanut butter – whoever invented this stuff is genius. It’s sweet and salty, it can be gooey and creamy or a little crunchy, and it’s packed full of protein and fat. All Americans should have this item as a pantry staple.During quarantine you have likely been making cookies with the kids. Try to make a healthier option and use that peanut butter for some 3 Ingredient Healthy Peanut Butter Protein Cookies.These are so easy and delicious and they don’t have the butter that most cookies have, making them a much better option to satisfy your sweet tooth and reward those kiddos with a treat!
Now is a time to experiment too, we’re in quarantine and have a little more time so take a few pantry staples and have a cook off with your family to try out some new recipe ideas! Remember, stay healthy and stay safe.
FAITH ENGEN ELLIS
Faith is a southern girl, born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys spending time with her husband and fur-baby.
Faith is living a healthy lifestyle and her ultimate passion is to inspire others to do the same.
She decided to change the way she was living 4 years ago, but she wasn’t expecting to actually fall in love with it!
Now she enjoys experimenting with different kinds of fitness and challenging her body to new heights whether it be pilates, plyometric training, or weight training, and she aims to inspire others to realize the strength within themselves as well.
Faith’s favorite product for pre-workout is the Optimum Nutrition Essential Amino Energy line. Her favorite flavor so far has been the peach lemonade, but next on her list is Mocha Cappuccino, yum! The use of natural caffeine sources is a real win for this product and it mixes easily, so there is no grainy texture.
For protein sources, she enjoys Oh Yeah! One Bars for a quick and filling snack on-the-go, of which she has many favorite flavors! Or Gaspari Precision Protein to mix up a shake. Faith’s favorite recipe uses 1 scoop of the Cinnamon Cereal Crunch flavor, mixed with 1/2 a banana, 1/4 a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk, and 1 cup of ice.
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