Weekly Meal Plan: 5 Pantry Dinner Ideas

In this week’s meal plan, we are using the food we already have on hand to make new meals the whole family loves. Short grocery lists and full bellies make for a happy mama.

This week, please welcome Rachel Knecht and her meal plans! Rachel is a recipe tester here on Simply Recipes and the blogger behind Baking with Rachel.

Usually, we would be getting a much-needed break from school this week for Spring Break. I don’t know about you, but I am still ready for a break!

We’re going to take the week off from distance learning and take a mental break from the routines we’ve created for sanity’s sake. This week I’m going to use my pantry to the fullest while still offering homemade dinners to my dear family. I’m making the most of staples such as pasta, tuna, and cheese.

I hope this week’s recipes help use the food already in the pantry so you can take time to take care of yourself and your family. Be kind to yourself this week!

One last thing: We wanted to highlight the ultimate way to save time in your week: having your groceries delivered right to your door. Click on the red “Add to Shopping List” button at the bottom of any recipe (or meal plan) and check it out! We call this feature “Relish” and we’re into it because, really, dinner can be simpler.

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Canned Tuna Burgers

Sandwiches are always a hit at our house. These tuna burgers also use frozen corn and shredded carrots. If you don’t have bell pepper, you can just leave it out. Top them with a delicious dill mayo. Serve with Roasted Asparagus for a simple side.

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Taco Pasta Skillet Recipe

Taco seasoning, ground beef, beans, pasta, and cheese swirled together into a Taco Tuesday extravaganza! This meal comes together in 30 minutes.

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Chipotle Citrus Pork Tenderloin

Oh, tenderloin, how I love you! Lean, quick, inexpensive and feeds the whole family. The bright citrus marinade brings the sunshine right to the table. Keep an oven mitt handy for moving the hot skillet from the oven to the stovetop. The pork could be marinated in the morning to make dinner time even easier. Serve with Easy Black Beans and Rice.

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Three Teacup Chicken

The name alone makes me want to put this on the menu. Ginger, garlic, and soy sauce combine for a zingy Chinese braising liquid for stir-frying the bite-sized chicken. Serve with rice and Sichuan Style Stir-Fried Chinese Long Beans for an easy vegetable side.

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Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta puttanesca is the perfect pantry pasta. It uses olive oil, canned tomatoes, and jarred olives and capers. If you don’t have capers, just leave them out. Boil a box of pasta. Delicious awaits!

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Bonus Weekend Baking Project

Carrot Cake

Carrot cake and spring go hand in hand for me. This cake recipe comes together so easily! No creaming butter and sugar required. I love carrot cake with all the tasty extra bits of raisin and pineapple but leave it out if you don’t feel the same way. Looking for something less grand, but still delicious, try these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

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Rachel Knecht

Rachel tests recipes for Simply Recipes, teaches a kid's cooking class, and develops the content for Baking with Rachel.

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