6 staple pantry items and what to do with them

Most of us know what foods we have on hand on any given day. Often we utilize them, but sometimes we don’t. To become a better, more efficient household, taking inventory and actually using the foods we already have on hand is a pretty good way to save money. If saving isn’t your goal, but knowing what to make with the ingredients you have on hand is, you're in luck! We’ve rounded up some of the most common foods found in pantries and cupboards and paired them with recipes that can be prepared at home in 30 minutes or less.

Canned tuna

Canned Tuna
Turn canned tuna into a delicious simple meal by mixing tuna with soy sauce and serving it on a lettuce leaf.

Peanut butter

 Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is one of those foods that you always seem to have—which is why you should take advantage of it and make tasty treats like Peanut Butter Apple Wraps or a Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie.


 Canned Beans

Beans are another staple that you will most likely always find in your pantry, so be sure to put them to use. They’re hearty, full of protein, tasty and easy to work into a full entrée like this Zucchini, Black Bean and Rice Skillet, or into a side dish like White Bean and Tomato Salad


Orville Redenbacher’s Butter Popcorn

Eat it savory or sweet. While watching a movie or when having a game night. The choice is yours. If you’re trying to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings, try your hand at making this Peanut Butter Popcorn Munch. But if you’d rather have the movie theater experience, just pop it and serve.   

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate


With fall slowly approaching and winter not too far behind, the days when you want to curl up in your favorite blanket with a hot cup of chocolate will soon be here. Prepare it the classic way or give it an upgrade with recipes like Strawberry Hot Chocolate, Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate, or Creamy Mocha Hot Cocoa.

Canned Tomatoes

Hunt's Canned Tomatoes

Tomatoes are juicy, versatile and mesh well with many other foods. Use them in a pasta dish, soup, stew, salad or chili. You’ll be amazed by the number of dishes you can prepare with a simple can of tomatoes. 

If you’re looking for more options or have other ingredients on hand that you want to cook with then visit ReadySetEat.com to search for hundreds of recipes ready in 30 minutes or less with a maximum of 7 ingredients.


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