6 Hudson Valley Recipes to Make With Pantry Ingredients

Not sure what to cook at home during the COVID-19 quarantine? These easy recipes turn kitchen essentials into show-stopping dishes.

There’s nothing like a quarantine to make you realize it’s probably time to get reacquainted with your kitchen. With the coronavirus lockdown in full effect in New York State, Hudson Valleyites are working from home, shopping at home, and eating at home. While delivery and takeout from local restaurants are always solid options for those nights when you just can’t be bothered to turn on the oven, meals at home are the best way to make funds stretch in times of crisis.

Enter the pantry. Stocked with often overlooked essentials like pasta and beans, the pantry is a treasure trove for meal prepping while stuck at home. Take a scroll through our most mouthwatering picks, then keep rocking those pajamas while you prep these flavor-filled bites.


Photo by Joseph Briggs

These Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes Make Mornings Better

Break open that canned pumpkin for fluffy pancakes that lean hard into the comforting flavors of #PSLs. We promise they’re so much better than your go-to bowl of cereal.

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Get Going With This Protein-Packed Granola Recipe

Never made granola at home before? Once you realize how easy it is, you’ll want to keep whipping up your own versions evenĀ after the coronavirus craziness ends.

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This Winning Butternut Bisque Recipe Is a Comforting Essential

Trying to stick to a vegetarian lifestyle while hunkering down at home? You can still dine deliciously while flattening the curve with this meat-free soup, which draws its flavor from warming spices and a pantry-stable butternut squash.

Make This 30-Minute Chicken and Chickpea Skillet Pasta

Don’t let the ingredient list intimidate you! Most of them are everyday spices. If you don’t have fresh zucchini or spinach, feel free to swap in frozen or leave them out entirely. The pasta will still taste wonderful.


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These Peanut Butter Chickpea Energy Balls Are the Ultimate Snack

Working out at home? You’re going to want a batch of these protein-packed bites to help you refuel after that online streaming HIIT or yoga class.


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This Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Tastes Like Toll House, But Better

Life during the COVID-19 crisis is tough. These cookies are here to make it just a little (or a lot, depending on how gooey those centers are) better.

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