As if it’s not enough to have to come up with a meal plan based on the can of beans hiding in the back of your pantry, you’re also cooking for the world’s most persnickety food critic: your kid. No worries, friend. It turns out cooking from your pantry and cooking for your kids have something in common: flexibility. If you need to swap an ingredient because you don’t have it (or your kid hates it), more power to you. Here, 30 kid-friendly pantry meals you can make with what you already have.
30 Kid-Friendly Recipes You Can Make From the Ingredients in Your Pantry
7. Overstuffed Sweet Potatoes With Chipotle-lime Yogurt
A surefire way to get your kids to eat “those black things” is to pair them with other well-loved veggies. Best of all, stuffed sweet potatoes can be modified with everything from frozen corn to broccoli to ranch dressing.
11. Sweet Potato Hash Browns Made With A Waffle-iron
Breakfast for dinner is an easy win, and they’ll be blown away that you made hash browns in a waffle iron.
13. Honey Mustard Sheet-pan Chicken With Brussels Sprouts
It’s all about the sweet and tangy honey mustard sauce. Everything else is totally swappable: breasts for thighs, green beans for Brussels sprouts, you get the idea.
17. Cheater’s Italian Wedding Soup
If your first thought is, my kid would never eat that, think again. It’s really nothing more than a chicken soup base (carrots, celery, onions, noodles, broth) with sausage meatballs instead. You can leave the kale out or swap it for spinach if you’d like.
24. Sweet Potato And Black Bean Tacos With Blue Cheese Crema
Hold the dipping sauce, unless you’ve been blessed with children who will eat blue cheese.
26. One-pot Creamy Chicken Alfredo
In this 35-minute recipe, everything comes together in a single pot. Bonus: You can use whatever type of milk or cream you have available in the fridge.