The 12 best store-cupboard recipes
25 March 2020
Unable to get everything you thought you needed from the supermarket? If you have a well-stocked store cupboard, you've got nothing to fear. We've found the best store-cupboard recipes to get you through lockdown.
12 mouth-watering store-cupboard recipes
Store cupboard recipes don't need to be boring or tasteless. Tinned tuna, coconut milk, oats and instant coffee are key to some delicious meals. Here are the top store cupboard recipes.
If you've got some bananas you forgot about, this is a great recipe using oats and brown sugar. A nutritious sweet treat.
This recipe makes a great light lunch to serve on a summer's day. Serve over rice, with a salad or with toasted pita bread.
This hearty Spanish dish is a great option for winter evenings when you're craving something heavy and comforting.
This one's packed with staples – tinned sweetcorn, tinned beans, dry pasta – yet it still tastes fresh and light.
Coconut milk might sound exotic, but it's an eternally useful store-cupboard product – mix with Thai curry paste for a tasty weeknight dinner, or cook rice in it for a great accompaniment to Thai, Indian or Caribbean food.
Some may turn their nose up at instant coffee, but if you're a fan of coffee cake, you're missing a trick. Super easy, tasty, and a bit more sophisticated than your typical fairy cake.
Chances are you have everything except the chicken for this recipe in your store cupboard – and if you can get them, or have them to hand, some chilli, cashew nuts or vegetables would make a great addition.
Another tasty oat-based sweet treat. You may well find everything you need for this except butter in your store-cupboard already.
What would we do without trusty pesto? Whether it's a dirty student kitchen, or a busy family kitchen, pesto is an absolute must for any store-cupboard. This is a filling and imaginative alternative to pesto pasta or pesto salmon.
Store cupboard recipes don't need to be heavy bean or pasta dishes, these tuna patties are a light dinner alongside some salad or a vegetable. As many store cupboard ingredients can be carb heavy, tinned tuna a good choice for anyone active who needs some extra protein.
We love pizza as much as the next person, but we also like a little variety. This pizza rice is the best of both worlds, keeping the children happy but giving you something a little different.
Serve over rice or with naan as a quick and easy curry alternative, or with chilli baked eggs for an Indian-inspired breakfast.
What can I do with tinned tomatoes?
The original store cupboard staple, uses for tinned tomatoes are endless. Pasta sauce is probably the first thing that comes to mind, but there's a lot more than that you can do. Try out this Spanish chicken recipe, or go Mexican with Chilli Con Carne.
What can I do with tinned fish?
What can I do with oats?
What can I do with coconut milk?
Another versatile ingredient, having a few tins of coconut milk is always useful. You can try it sweet in coconut and lime cake, or savoury in coconut and lime chicken. However, it does work with a lot more than lime – these coconut and cherry biscuits are delicious, as is this slow-cooked coconut and ginger pork.