When work from home days become a blur and you don’t even know what day is it anymore, cheer yourself up with some comforting food made of simple pantry staples. Perfect for sharing with the whole family while you’re together at home.
We know grocery shopping can be a challenge, especially when it comes to storing fresh ingredients. Stock up on pantry staples such as peanut butter, canned tomatoes, beans, oats, plant-based milk so that you can whip up some simple meals.
Check out this holiday meal idea!
Prep time: 40 mins
Recipe by: Save The Student
1 white onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 sprig of thyme, leaves removed
3 fresh tomatoes, chopped
3 tins of baked beans
Knob of butter
Small cup of full-fat milk
Cheddar cheese, grated
Preheat your oven to 220°C/gas mark 7.
Fry your onions, garlic and a sprinkle of chilli flakes in a pan for 4 minutes or so, then add the chopped tomatoes and thyme leaves and continue to fry on a medium heat for a further 8 minutes.
Add the tins of beans and simmer for 5 more minutes, then tip the baked bean mixture into a large baking tray.
Quarter or chop your potatoes into equal-sized pieces and pop them into a pot of boiling, slightly salted water. Boil on a medium heat for around 15 minutes or until soft.
Drain using a colander, then leave the potatoes to dry for a minute or so in the colander before tipping back into the pot. Add a knob of butter and start mashing your potatoes, gradually adding splashes of milk as you go along and a third of your grated cheese.
Spread your cheesy potatoes evenly over the top of the beans right up to the edges and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
Bake in the oven for about 15 mins until the top is a bit crispy. Serve with salad and some garlic bread.
Oat Milk Ice Cream
Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4-6 servings
Recipe by: Chocolate Covered Katie
2 cups oat drink
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup sweetener of choice
1/4 + 1/8 tsp salt
Instructions Whisk all ingredients together. If using an ice cream maker, pour the mixture in and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific machine. Or if you have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, pour into ice cube trays and freeze, then blend the ice cubes until smooth, using the tamper to blend evenly.
Either serve straight from the machine or freeze up to an hour for a firmer texture. Because of the lack of preservatives, homemade ice cream is best the day it’s made, although you can technically freeze up to a month and thaw before serving.