Easy Recipes with Ingredients from Your Pantry

The best recipes are sometimes some of the simplest! We’ve put together a list of our favorite easy recipes, from easy dinner ideas like chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese to a delicious chocolate cake that’s ready in minutes. They each require only a few pantry staples, and ingredients are easy to substitute. They’re great for quick weeknight dinners, easy family lunches, or days you just don’t feel like cooking!

Skillet Chicken cooked in relish sauce

Skillet Chicken with Pepper & Onion Relish

This skillet chicken recipe is the perfect quick-fix meal for busy nights. It requires just a few pantry staples like our Pepper & Onion Relish, and all comes together in one pan for a wonderful blend of flavors. And the best part? There’s only one pot to clean!

Easy recipe for baked apples with granola

Baked Apples with Homemade Granola

These baked apples are great because they take only a few minutes to prepare. The homemade granola center is easy to make, or you can use a favorite mix you already have at home. Bake them for a family breakfast or easy afternoon snack for the kids, or serve them with vanilla ice cream for a sweet dessert!

Grilled cheese with bacon and relish

Bacon Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Everyone loves a good grilled cheese, but this recipe puts a fun twist on the family favorite. Bacon adds crispiness to every bite, and Pepper and Onion relish brings a sweet and savory onion flavor that pairs great with the cheddar cheese. You may just need to go back for seconds!

easy recipe for instant pot chicken noodle soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

There’s nothing more comforting than a classic homestyle recipe, and this chicken noodle soup is the perfect go-to. Chicken, a few vegetables, and Chicken Noodle Soup Mix all come together in an Instant Pot for a soup with “from scratch” flavor that the whole family will love. It’s a quick option for a cozy weeknight dinner,

Chicken tacos with citrus avocado salsa

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

The best things about these chicken tacos? They don’t need any special seasonings, and you can cook them as fast or as slow as you want. Black Bean and Corn Salsa flavors the chicken as they cook together, then a homemade citrus avocado salsa topping adds a creamy, tangy sweetness. Set it to cook all day until dinnertime, or cook it on high for 3-4 hours to be ready in time for lunch!

Fried pork chops with cherry chutney

Pan-Fried Pork Chops

These crispy pork chops are a comfort meal with a twist. You don’t need a grill or deep-fryer, just a sturdy skillet and some oil. Mashed potatoes and steamed veggies round out the plate, but the Cherry Ancho Chili Chutney brings everything together, adding a little spice and a fruity zing. The pork chops also work great sliced thin and put on a sandwich. Add the chutney and your favorite toppings, and you have lunch on the go!

One-minute chocolate cake

Chocolate Mug Cake

The best kind of cake is the one that’s ready in minutes! These chocolate mug cakes take just a few baking staples and hot cocoa mix, and fully cook in the microwave in one minute. Chocolate truffles that are mixed into the batter melt as they cook for extra sweetness. Serve this easy dessert for a spontaneous date night in, or treat the whole family after dinner.

With quick dinner ideas like these, you’re ready to serve simple meals at home without extra shopping. Spending less time cooking will also allow you more time for the most important things, like quality time with your family.


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