What to Make with Every Random Canned Good in Your Pantry
With everyone cooking more meals at home, we’ve received a lot of questions about what to make with all of your random pantry items. Recently, we posted an Instagram Stories poll that asked you what random canned goods you had on hand, and we wanted to help you figure out what to do with them. From water chestnuts to tuna to coconut milk, a lot of you have ingredients that you’re not quite sure what to do with, and that’s okay. With a list of items in mind, we reached out to one of our friends for a few pantry recipes ideas. We’re so excited to have food blogger and cookbook author Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest on the blog to help you with all of your cooking questions. Based on your responses, she’s put together an assortment of her recipes that utilize your canned goods along with a few tips to keep them delicious, vibrant, and exciting. We hope these recipes can provide you with a little cooking inspiration and introduce you to your next go-to dish.
- Easiest Coconut Cauliflower Adobo
- 30 Minute Coconut Milk Braised Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Rice
- Creamy Coconut Lime Mojito
- Saucy Garlic Butter Shrimp with Coconut Milk and Rice Noodles
- Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower
- Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Rice
- Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower
- Thai Lemongrass Chicken Braised in Coconut Milk
- Coconut Iced Coffee
- Cincinnati Chili Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
- Healthier One-Pot Cincinnati Chicken Chili
- Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with White Beans and Basil
- Sheet Pan Cuban Chicken and Black Bean Rice Bowl
- One Pot Creamy Tuscan Pesto and Artichoke Pasta
- Crockpot Tuscan White Bean and Lemon Soup
- Chipotle Cheddar Cauliflower Black Bean Enchiladas
- Slow Roasted Mushroom Pasta with Crisp Rosemary Chickpeas
- Crispy Persian Rice (Tahdig) with Spiced Golden Chickpeas
- Jammy Cherry Tomato Pasta with Crisp Lemon Rosemary Chickpeas
- Creamy Golden Rice with Spiced Chickpeas
- Instant Pot Cacio e Pepe with Crispy Garlic Basil Chickpeas
- Chipotle Roasted Chickpeas
You can swap in canned salmon for these recipes.
Making soup at home is easier than you think and if you have a pantry full of ingredients, you can create something delicious without running to the store. We recommend always having chicken or vegetable broth on hand as well as a variety of pasta, grains, beans, and dried herbs and spices. These ingredients can be used to make a wonderful bowl of soup.
If you are looking to spice up a basic canned soup, try topping a broth-based soup like chicken noodle with salty popcorn for a fun, crunchy bite. If a soup is feeling bland, add heat with cayenne pepper or smokiness with smoked paprika. To create a fresh bowl of warm soup, top yours with fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.
You can sub in turkey chili for a couple of these recipes, and if you’re feeling bold, try making turkey chili enchiladas with this recipe.
Sliced Water Chestnuts
Water chestnuts are such a great ingredient to add a bit of textural crunch to your meals, so adding them into recipes like the ones below will make them all the more flavorful:
If a recipe calls for apples, but you only have pears, use the pears! They’ll be just as delicious and a nice change up from a typical apple recipe.
Which recipe are you excited to try?
To view more of Tieghan’s recipes, you can check out her two cookbooks, Half Baked Harvest Cookbook and Half Baked Harvest Super Simple Cookbook, and her website here.
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