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Meals Hiding in Your Pantry

When your grocery delivery is running late and take-out isn’t an option, you may find yourself with the daunting task of making a meal from the miscellaneous ingredients you have on hand in your pantry or fridge.

But don’t worry! OhioHealth registered dietitian and health and wellness coach Jenny Pitcher let us in on the secret to culinary cleverness, and it’s simpler than you might think.

Pitcher created this guide for making a quick and easy meal based on items you probably have. The best part is you only need five ingredients!

Mix and match items from each column for new inspiration every night. And don’t feel limited to this table. Add in other ingredients until you find your perfect dish. You can also try different proteins, like salmon or grilled chicken, or grains, like pasta or quinoa. Your meal is what you make of it!

Infographic showing how to combine different ingredients to make a quick and easy pantry meal

If you’re looking for more ways to test your newfound skills, check out Supercook. Just tell the site all of the ingredients you have, and it will give you recipes for dishes you can make with only those items.

You can also cut down on making additional trips to the grocery by meal planning. Meal planning is a great way to organize the meals you want to make for the week, create a budget, and cut down on wasted food. It can also help reduce stress. By knowing exactly what you need before going to the grocery and checking off what you have as you go, you won’t have to worry about forgetting something. Need some help getting started? Check out our pro tips for meal planning.

Looking for some new healthy recipes? Check out these recipes from OhioHealth dietitians.