Easy Recipes to Clean Out Your Pantry

Easy Recipes to Clean Out Your Pantry


It’s time for spring cleaning, and there’s no better time to clean out your pantry. Take a look at what you have stocked up, and I bet you’ll find items that have been long forgotten. Those “buy-three-get-one-free” chickpeas that you bought four months ago are itching to be used along with the boxes of pasta that you’ve stocked up on. Not to mention, by using up what you have at home, you can limit your exposure to others and keep practicing social distancing!

Burrito Bowls

Rice and beans are staples in almost everyone’s pantries. Combine them with some fresh ingredients like tomatoes, cilantro, onions and avocados, and you have yourself a delicious burrito bowl ready to be enjoyed!

Burrito bowl with a fork that says "eat clean"

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Spaghetti and Chickpeas

For those of you looking for a simple vegetarian option, this is the recipe for you! There’s no need to purchase meat for this recipe. Simply replace your meatballs with high-protein chickpeas instead! Chickpeas usually cost around $1 per can, which makes this a very affordable substitute to the classic spaghetti and meatballs! Click here for the recipe.

Spaghetti and chick peas with a side of bread

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Tuna Salad 

Canned fish is a great item to keep in your pantry at all times. You can add it to pasta or salad, make tuna patties and tuna ceviche, and the list goes on. For an amazing tuna salad recipe, click here.

Tuna salad

(Image via Dianna Rattray)

Skillet Apple Crisp

If you have rolled oats in your pantry, this skillet apple crisp makes for the perfect dessert! With flour, brown sugar, apples and about 35 minutes, you can enjoy this perfect dessert in the comfort of your home. When you need a little pick-me-up, check out the delicious recipe here.

Apple crisp in a skillet with ice cream and caramel syrup

(Image via Gabrielle St. Claire)

Quick tip for limiting grocery shopping trips:

Did you know staple items like milk and bread can be frozen and saved for later? Both of these items can be frozen for 3-6 months. While a glass of thawed milk won’t be as appealing as fresh milk, it can be incorporated into your cooking without a noticeable difference in flavor.

Here are a few more resources we thought might be useful:

COVID-19 Community Resource List_Cal Poly Pomona.docx
For information on our Poly Pantry click here
Apply for CalFresh by making an appointment on the Broncos Care Basic Needs Website 
To learn how to tailor these recipes to fit your needs visit Eat Fresh
For the Farmer’s Market Finder by the Ecology Center click here.

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