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My inbox has been flooded this week with requests for more healthy meal or snack ideas using pantry staple ingredients.

Given the reason behind it, I feel very uncomfortable capitalizing on the increased demand for recipes – and so all revenue I earn from this post will be donated to the Global Giving Relief Fund. 
To everyone around the world currently putting their own health at risk to help others, you are inspiring beyond words. Thank you so much for your generosity and bravery.

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Healthy Banana Bread

This simple banana bread recipe can be whole grain, vegan, gluten free, and oil free. Slice and freeze leftovers for a quick breakfast or snack any time.


Creamy Peanut Butter Mousse Recipe

Peanut Butter Mousse


The Best Easy Healthy Applesauce Muffins

Applesauce Muffins

If you’re anything like me right now, you may have found that your current eating habits haven’t been quite as healthy as usual.

I’ve been stress-eating so many chocolate bars!!

And both readers and friends have been telling me that all they want to eat is comfort food.

But now more than ever, it’s important to take in healthy meals and boost immunity. Below are over 40 quick and easy pantry recipes offering vitamins, protein, fiber, and nutrition. They can be made with a minimal number of ingredients that are hopefully not too hard to find.



Thai Coconut Curry Recipe

Coconut Curry Recipe

This easy coconut curry recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make, and it’s a great way to use up whatever vegetables you have in the fridge or are currently able to find at the store.


Easy Vegan Pasta Recipe

Creamy Vegan Garlic Pasta

With just 5 basic ingredients, this ultra creamy pasta is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make… and the sauce is so rich and creamy you won’t ever believe there’s NO heavy cream!


Veggie Burger Recipe
Veggie Burger Recipe

You can use canned beans and fresh or frozen veggies for these super quick and easy veggie burgers – whatever you have on hand and want to use up!


Lentil Soup Recipe
Lentil Soup Recipe

The best thing about this super healthy lentil soup is that leftovers freeze really well – It’s one of my favorite recipes to make a big batch of on Sunday for healthy meal prep.


The Best Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe
Cauliflower Soup Recipe

If you can get cauliflower, I highly recommend this one because it is ridiculously simple to make and fits into both the healthy food and comfort food categories.


The Best Easy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

I was honestly surprised to see this as one of the very top trending recipes on my blog for March. The cauliflower wings are easy to make and super comforting… so maybe that’s why?


The Best Vegan Pizza Recipe

Vegan Pizza Recipe

The vegan pizza crust can be made with just FOUR ingredients. Yes, seriously, just four ingredients! Or you can also make the dough into rolls, breadsticks, or homemade cinnamon buns!


The Best Black Bean Soup (Homemade)
Black Bean Soup Recipe

Pretty much all you really need for this recipe is a can of black beans and a jar of salsa! If black beans are out of stock, try using pinto beans instead.


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How To Cook Sweet Potatoes

Try this easy baking trick, and it’s the only way you will ever cook sweet potatoes from now on. Bake up a batch at once, and you’re already halfway to a healthy meatless meal.
Chana Masala Recipe

Chickpea Curry Recipe

All you need for this quick vegetarian chickpea curry recipe are three ingredients (seriously!). If chickpeas aren’t available, any white beans will do just fine.


Sesame Noodles

Sesame Noodles

This recipe is great for people who say they don’t know how to cook. If you can boil pasta, you can make these noodles. It’s that easy!


Easy Mushroom Gravy Recipe
Mushroom Gravy Recipe

Grocery stores in my area still seem to be fully stocked with mushrooms, so hopefully it’s a vegetable you are able to find near you as well.


Easy Vegan Tacos Recipe
Vegan Tacos

Five ingredients, minimal prep work, and a family-friendly cheap pantry meal is on the table. If taco shells aren’t available, you can use tortillas, lettuce wraps, or spoon the filling over roasted sweet potatoes.


Super Healthy Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Vegetarian Chili Recipe

While this chili recipe does call for carrots and onions, if you stock up on everything at once it makes a huge amount so you can avoid future grocery trips for a while!


vegan cheese

Vegan Cheese Sauce

There are no cashews or tofu required for this recipe! Use it over pasta, rice, quinoa, or as a delicious vegan gravy for biscuits or roasted vegetables.



Vegan Oatmeal Muffin Recipe From Scratch
Oatmeal Muffins

If you have oats and just a few other pantry staples – flour, baking powder, chocolate chips, baking soda – you can easily make these wholesome oatmeal muffins to enjoy throughout the week.




Overnight Oats Recipes, 15 Different Flavors


Overnight Oats

With 15 different flavors to choose, you will never get bored! Change up the flavor based on your cravings and the ingredients available in your area.


Flourless Banana Blender Muffins

Flourless Banana Blender Muffins

These fudgy muffins are a great healthy snack to keep on hand, because they are wholesome and filling. The recipe is super kid friendly too.


Peanut Butter Brownie Baked Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Brownie Baked Oatmeal

Cook just once, and get breakfast for the entire week. These peanut butter baked oatmeal bars are great for breakfast meal prep.


Vegan Banana Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding – 5 Recipes

This basic chia pudding recipe can be made with five ingredients: chia seeds, milk of choice, vanilla extract, sweetener, and a pinch of salt.


peanut butter banana shake

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Grab the peanut butter from the pantry, take a banana out of the freezer, and blend up this quick and nourishing smoothie for a healthy protein-packed breakfast or afternoon snack with staying power.



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Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip

Stuck inside and craving cookie dough? This secretly healthy cookie dough dip will do the trick, and it can be made with items already in your pantry.


peanut butter bars

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

If you’re craving chocolate and peanut butter and looking for an easy dessert, these gooey chocolate chip peanut butter bars are the way to go.


Brownie Batter Bars

Brownie Batter Bars

Or whip up a batch of these rich chocolate brownie batter bars and make good use of that jar of almond butter or peanut butter in the back of your kitchen cabinet!


How To Make Vegan Brownies

Vegan Brownies

Brownies you can make with pantry staple ingredients – no eggs, no dairy, and no need to leave your home!


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Vegan Mug Cake

A one minute chocolate mug cake that can be made in your oven or microwave and is perfect for one person. If you’re stuck at home alone this week, whip up one of these single serving cakes and be happy you don’t have to share!


Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are the other most searched-for recipe on my blog right now. If people are searching for comfort food, there’s nothing more comforting than a homemade chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven. Except maybe two chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven!


black bean brownie

Black Bean Brownies

Apparently bean sales have jumped 400% in just the past week! Put those black beans to good use by trying out the most popular recipe on my blog. With over 3,000 positive reader reviews, it’s safe to say you will not regret making these brownies!
Easy Chocolate Truffles Recipe

Chocolate Truffles

These homemade chocolate balls are shockingly simple to make with just two or three pantry ingredients and endless flavor possibilities!


Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

I first created these no-bake cookies during a blizzard when all the stores were closed and I could only use what I already had at home. They were quite literally a “clean out the pantry” dessert!


7 Ingredient Easy Chocolate Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Chocolate Oatmeal Fudge Bars

No matter what, my pantry is always stocked with three things: peanut butter, chocolate chips, and rolled oats. If you also have these ingredients on hand, there’s no excuse not to whip up these healthy and decadent oatmeal fudge bars… because the entire recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make!

The Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread

(From the Hello Breakfast ebook)


Easy Healthy Pantry Recipe Ideas


Vegan Mac And Cheese

Banana Muffins

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

Avocado Smoothie

How To Make Oat Milk

Banana Ice Cream

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Published on March 24, 2020

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  1. Samantha says

    Thanks for all these ideas and also for donating the revenue from this post to charity. We all need to help out in this time. Every day brings in news of new horrors, and I am just numb from it all. Nobel deeds like yours and of the heroic doctors is so uplifting in such troubled times.

  2. Albertina Geller says

    Great initiative on your part for donating the revenue! This is the time to help out your fellow human beings. Also, your recipes are really great! They will be very helpful in these times. Your blog and your actions are both commendable and applaud worthy. Keep being an amazing human being!

  3. Louise Albercott says

    You are awesome. Thanks for the compilation of nourishing, easy meals. Please realize that you are providing a service and it would not be called “milking a disaster” to receive compensation for your efforts. Conversely, you are helping us navigate the outbreak by taking one thing of our agendas as moms and wives: placing a hot, healthy meal on the table.
    Many of us are unfortunately cash-strapped right now so we wouldn’t blame you if you kept your paycheck from your post. With all that said, I admire your kind heart that propels you to give. You inspire us all! May God remove this plague from our midst! Sending lots of love from my happy, full kids and husband,

  4. danielle says

    I have been following you for years and recommend you to everyone now that vegan is the new black. Your vegan treats and meals are always so yummy! As someone with rosacea, I also really appreciate the nut free recipes. Keep up the amazing work Katie, you are a wonder!

  5. Kathy says

    Thank you for all the delicious recipes!!!! Hey, I’m a dummy when it comes to Thai food. I love curry but I’m not sure which one is the most mild – red, yellow or green??? I have my 87 year old mother living with me and Mild is the name of our game right now so thank you for any clarification. Can’t wait to try!!!

  6. Chris says


    I love regular jalapeno’s stuffed with cream cheese wrapped with bacon, I have been known to use bacon bits.

    My husband and I chose to eat vegan recently and I really miss my stuffed peppers.

    Please help!!! Your recipes are wonderful.

    Thank you for being you and sharing,


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