Money-Saving Pantry Recipes

1. Corn fritters

Made with canned sweet corn, corn fritters make an excellent breakfast, brunch, or light supper. 

2. Hummus

The hummus makes an excellent light meal. If you don't have fresh lemon juice, you can use lemon juice from a bottle. 


Add puréed red chiles from a jar or puréed frozen broad beans to enhance the flavor.

3. Salmon fish cakes

A can of salmon is an extremely useful pantry staple, particularly for making fish cakes.

Salmon fish cakes

Instead of preparing fresh mashed potatoes, use frozen mashed potatoes or canned ready-cooked potatoes if time is limited. 

4. red pepper soup

This Thai-inspired broth is made with jarred roasted red peppers, red curry paste, and spicy seeds.

5. Potato and mushroom bake

Substitute the fresh cream in a potato casserole with a can of condensed mushroom soup thinned with the same amount of milk.

6. Tarka dahl

Tarka dahl, which literally translates to "spiced lentils," is a nourishing, high-protein dish that can be served with rice. 

7. Tomato pasta sauce

This may be a standard student meal, but it's ideal for a fast dinner. 

8. Veggie bean chili

With a variety of canned legumes and a can of diced tomatoes or passata on hand, a high-protein meal can be prepared in a matter of minutes. 

9. Chickpea curry

This spicy and fragrant curry serves four with only three cans of chickpeas, one can of diced tomatoes, and a handful of dried seasonings.

10. Tomato risotto

This version of risotto is prepared in the oven and requires only a single stir.

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