Everyone needs some go-to freezer and pantry staples, which require little to no prep at meal time. Here are some of my favorites I rely on when I’m either too busy, tired or motivated to be in the kitchen long.
I’m starting a new blog feature today called “Friday Favorites.” I’m always interested in learning about new products and fun finds and I bet a lot of you are too!
I hope you like this new type of post and while I probably won’t have it every week, when I find new favorites worth sharing you’ll be able to find them here 🙂 I’m going to start my first Friday Favorites post by sharing some of my favorite freezer and pantry staples!
Just because I’m a stay-at-home mom and food blogger doesn’t meat I’m eating made-from-scratch, 5-star quality meals every night, not even close. Some days Emily and I are too busy running around to spend much time on dinner or I’m just not in the mood to make something too elaborate.
I thought it might be nice to share some of my favorite, go-to items I keep stocked in the pantry and freezer. These items can be used to pull together quick and easy meals or snacks in a moments notice. So whether you’re short on time or don’t want to spend forever in the kitchen, these items could be life savers for you. I know they truly are for me!
I hope you enjoy this new kind of blog post! What are some of the pantry items you like to keep on hand?
Turkey Meatballs – Our favorite brand is Cooked Perfect. I often use them for Meatball Sandwiches, but they would also be great to help jazz up spaghetti, as a pizza topping or even chopped up in lasagna. You can almost always find a bag of meatballs in my freezer.
Hummus – We love hummus! Kevin’s been known to eat an entire container in one sitting. Our favorite brand is Sabra. Hummus goes great with veggies like carrots, celery and cucumbers or even crackers, pretzels and pita bread. If you want to make it yourself, here’s my favorite homemade recipe .
Veggie Sausage Patties – Our favorite brand is Morningstar and their breakfast patties come in three flavors: regular, maple and spicy. While Kevin likes the maple flavor the best, I prefer original. They’re quick and easy to heat up for Egg Sandwiches or crumbled into an omelet. If you’re a fan of breakfast for dinner or just easy morning meals, these sausage patties would be something fun for you to try out.
Frozen Ravioli – I usually just by the store brand cheese ravioli, but there are so many different options today. These are great just cooked with some sauce or even made into one of my favorite ravioli bakes, which is almost always stocked in our freezer. Emily also loves these, which is a plus on those days she’s being super fussy.
Frozen Sweet Potato Puffs – These are the grown-up, more sophisticated version of the childhood favorite. We like Amy’s brand. It makes me feel a tad bit healthier eating them since they’re sweet potato and I like the fact that they’re slightly smaller than the mainstream brand of regular tator tots. I love having these stocked in my freezer when I need a quick side-dish and I have no fresh, green veggies left in the refrigerator.
Bisquick – There are a million and one different uses for Bisquick. The go-to recipe is probably pancakes or waffles. Both of which use ingredients you’re likely to already have on hand (I almost always have eggs and milk) and are favorites among most people I know. If you want to switch things up a little, we really like this quick and easy Taco Quiche and Sloppy Joe & Cheddar Biscuit Casserole.
Brown Rice – Not only do I usually keep brown rice in the pantry, but I try to keep a bag or two of Baked Brown Rice in the freezer as well. It works well as a side dish for so many meals and is healthy too! Brown rice takes longer to cook than white rice, which is why I like to keep some in the freezer for those “what am I got to serve as a side dish?” dinner emergencies. Do yourself a favor and make a few batches to freeze for later.
Dr. Praegers Spinach Littles – With only 9 easily pronounceable ingredients, Emily loves these mini spinach and potato “nuggets” and I can feel good feeding about feeding them to her. On busy nights when I need something fast, I can easily microwave a few to get dinner to her asap. I’ve tried them too and they’re really good! We get them at Fresh Thyme, but somewhere like Whole Foods probably sells them too.
Amy’s Frozen Pizza – Yes, we love to make our own, but if we have a hankering for pizza and don’t have any dough in the freezer (or time to make some) we can pull one of these out of the freezer for a meal in no time. Just add a salad and you’re good to go! Our favorite brand is Amy’s, once again, and favorite type is Margherita. I like that it’s not enormous like some frozen pizza’s are. For a family of 2 + Toddler, we don’t need anything too large and these are just perfect served with a green side salad!
Whole Wheat Tortillas – This is somewhat of a new staple for us and I usually get the Kroger brand. There are so many options with tortillas, but my go-to favorite is making quesadillas. We always have items to fill them with – corn, beans, salsa and cheese in the house. I also like to make breakfast quesadillas with the aforementioned items + scrambled eggs. There’s also the options of making a flat-bread pizza, a sandwich wrap or one of Emily’s favorites, a banana + peanut butter rolled up and sliced sushi-style.