Over 30 simple plant-based vegetarian recipes using pantry staples like rice, beans, lentils, quinoa, whole grains, pasta, and canned tomatoes.
As we’ve all greatly reduced our trips to the grocery store recently, it’s the perfect time to round up some pantry staple meals and and recipes.
While the recipes below aren’t made using 100% pantry staples, they are
based on them. If you’ve stocked up on beans and aren’t sure what to do with them, you’ve come to the right place!
Lentils (red and green) Dried and Canned Beans (black,
chickpeas, pinto, kidney, cannellini, etc.) Rice (basmati, brown, arborio, sushi)
Farro Oats (blend into a flour for these
Banana Oat Muffins) Flours
Canned coconut milk
Nuts & Seeds (
chia, flax, etc.) Vegetable Broth
Shelf-stable plant-based milks
How to cook farro on the stovetop, in the Instant Pot, and in the slow cooker. Plus the best farro recipe with tomatoes and basil, the way I learned to make it in Tuscany.
The best Mexican style pinto beans recipe. Find out how to cook pinto beans in the crockpot slow cooker, Instant Pot pressure cooker, or stovetop. This pinto bean recipe is a tasty vegetarian and vegan filling for burritos and side dish.
A creamy vegan cheese sauce made with raw cashews and nutritional yeast. This nutritional yeast cheese sauce is delicious on pasta as a vegan mac and cheese, or over baked potatoes and steamed vegetables. A great simple recipe for using nutritional yeast.
Have a bag of peas in the freezer? Creamy pea pesto penne pasta is a light plant-based dinner filled with the bright fresh flavors of basil, lemon, garlic, and peas.
This hearty black bean soup is loaded with veggies and colorful toppings. If you're in a hurry, feel free to use 4 cans of beans, drained instead of the dried beans.
This flavorful pasta salad is perfect for meal prep.
Cherry tomatoes become incredibly juicy and flavorful when roasted in the oven with garlic and white wine. Toss with capellini or spaghetti for the most delicious pasta dinner!
Quick and easy falafel recipe stuffed inside a flatbread wrap with vegetables and tahini sauce make a delicious vegetarian, vegan, plant-based lunch or dinner.
A delicious homemade vegan ramen broth and toppings. Top with whatever veggies you have on hand.
How to make the BEST homemade pizza dough. This classic Italian pizza dough recipe makes perfect thin crust New York style vegan pizza crust. Find an authentic Italian pizza sauce
This easy vegan yellow curry recipe is loaded with chickpeas, coconut milk, and roasted vegetables. It makes an easy, comforting, and wholesome meal.
Red lentil dal is a simple Indian inspired comfort food meal.
Easy Instant Pot pressure cooker burrito bowls made with cilantro lime brown rice and black beans using the pot-in-pot method. These Chipotle inspired burrito bowls are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.
Easy vegan lentil Sloppy Joes made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot on gluten-free plant-based bread.
This chickpea salad sandwich is just like a (vegan) chicken salad sandwich, but better! It's plant-based and gluten-free.
A healthy vegan chickpea quinoa salad with spinach, cucumber, pomegranate, and avocado. This chickpea quinoa salad is a great meal prep lunch.
This comforting vegetarian and vegan split pea soup takes just a few minutes to prepare for the slow cooker.
Mexican Lentil Soup is a hearty, nourishing, vegetarian and vegan one-pot meal.
Instant Pot or slow cooker potato soup made with leeks and herbs is an easy creamy soup.
A hearty and delicious lentil vegetable soup made easy in the Instant Pot. Instant Pot lentil soup is a wonderful hearty plant based dinner.
This easy vegetarian or vegan mushroom risotto recipe is creamy and delicious. Stovetop or Instant Pot mushroom risotto recipe is an easy dinner.
An easy vegetarian bean, quinoa, and sweet potato chili made in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
This easy veggie filled vegetarian and vegan lentil loaf is even better than the classic meatloaf! Be sure to use green or brown lentils, not red.
Find out how to cook Cuban black beans with dried black beans in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop. Black beans are great in Cuban black bean bowls or tacos.
Delicious cabbage and black bean tacos make an easy and satisfying vegan dinner.
This delicious quinoa enchilada bake is an easy, comforting vegetarian dinner recipe the whole family will love.
This flavorful Middle Eastern chickpea salad made with dried or canned chickpeas is perfect for meal prep as it lasts for several days in the refrigerator. Enjoy as a side salad or stuffed into pita pockets. This recipe is naturally vegan and gluten free (without the pita).
The best homemade veggie farro soup recipe! This healthy Italian vegetable soup is easy to make on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
Pasta e Ceci is a delicious vegetarian minestrone soup with chickpeas (garbanzo beans), orzo pasta, and veggies.
Quinoa taco bowls with beans and quick and easy guacamole are an easy and delicious vegetarian vegan dinner.
Wholesome enchiladas filled with quinoa, black beans, and sweet potatoes are an easy and tasty vegetarian dinner.
No one can believe this rich and creamy no-bake chocolate "cheesecake" is dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo.
No bake, vegan chocolate cookie dough balls made with coconut and almond flour. A simple, irresistible, real food treat.