Here in New York we started a quasi-lockdown last night: Everybody stays home except essential workers, though we’re allowed to go to the grocery store and pharmacy, and leave home for brief periods of exercise (as long as we maintain social distance). I almost made one last panic-shopping trip yesterday, but I realized that would be foolhardy right now. Over the last two weeks I’ve bought every shelf-stable product I can think of. We’re low-ish on fresh fruit (confession: I really wanted to go grab another crate of mangos), but I’ve got dried, some frozen (my kid keeps eating it!), and even a few cans. We’ve got a full gallon of milk, a dozen raw eggs, and another dozen hard-boiled. I can avoid shopping for a week, maybe more.
I know it’s unlikely that you’ve got everything you need for every meal in this week’s plan (reminder: I wrote a guide to substitutions for common items, available on Huffington Post). If you’d like to choose a different recipe completely, I’ve gathered up a few good sources. Each of these has dozens of pantry-based options:
43 Easy Pantry Recipes for Soups, Beans, Burgers, and Yes, Pastas at Epicurious
Epicurious also has a series called “No Recipe Required,” which gives basic instructions to work with whatever you’ve got
37 Easy Pantry Recipes from Food Network
100+ Easy Pantry Recipes from Gimme Some Oven
86 Bean Recipes You’ll Be Making All Year Long from Bon Appetit
71 Creative Rice Recipes, also from Bon App
50 Pantry Recipes & Substitutions That Work from Cookie + Kate
30 Easy Pantry Dinners from Eating Well
So, what’re you struggling with? How are your picky eaters doing?