The following recipes utilize primarily shelf-stable items that may be acquired at food pantries or easily found at grocery stores. These recipes reduce the need for fresh items and are particularly useful when frequent grocery trips are not possible or for emergency preparedness. Check out our shelf-stable shopping list for general staple items to buy. Many fresh ingredients in these recipes can be subbed for frozen or canned varieties! Be sure to look for low sodium and no sugar added canned products.


5-Ingredient Beef Stroganoff

Chicken Stir-Fry

Cream of Chicken Condensed Soup

Hearty Pasta Fagioli

Homemade Rice-a-Roni

Mexican Casserole

Potato Vegetable Soup

Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry Bowls

Taco Soup

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuscan White Bean Skillet


Lentil Chili – vegetarian if using the vegetable stock instead of the chicken stock

Mexican Bean Soup

Penne with Veggies and Black Beans

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

Quick Curried Chickpeas

Rice and Bean Wraps

Shelf-Stable Pasta

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Tuscan White Bean Skillet