These Meatless Pantry Meals Will Cure Your Cooking Fatigue

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Finding meatless pantry meals isn’t too difficult, as long as you have the basics on hand. The trouble lies in finding a meatless pantry meal that’s actually interesting to cook and eat. By now, you’re probably sick of frozen veggie burgers and jarred pasta sauce. Luckily, switching up your meals is as easy as peeking in the pantry and taking stock of those ingredients you might not have thought to use earlier. These recipes, from spicy chili to wholesome waffles, will fill your mealtime with fun and excitement — no meat required.

Falafel (pictured above)

If you have dried chickpeas on hand, you’re only a few steps away from a delicious and filling meal. After soaking the beans overnight, combine them with baking powder, onion and a few dried herbs. Once fried, these meatless fritters can be eaten however you like — but we highly recommend stuffing them in a pita with tahini, veggies and a dash of hot sauce!


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Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Yes, you can definitely make a great chili in less than an hour. Caramelizing tomato paste with dried herbs, like chili powder and oregano, develops a rich flavor that continues to improve with the addition of canned beans, jarred salsa and a splash of cider vinegar. Want to spice it up even more? Hot salsa and extra adobo will do the trick!

Looking for a protein-packed dinner? Ree Drummond has you covered. She simmers canned chickpeas with coconut milk, vegetable stock, honey and sriracha, then serves the curry over rice. A sprig of fresh cilantro adds a pop of color, but can definitely be skipped if you don’t have it on hand.

Our little secret for perfect minestrone? Soy sauce. Just a teaspoon will pack your soup with savory flavor — perfect for balancing the veggies, beans and pasta.

Food Network Kitchen’s OnePot Cacio e Pepe as seen on Food Network.

Food Network Kitchen’s OnePot Cacio e Pepe as seen on Food Network.

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Matt Armendariz, Copyright 2015

There’s more to spaghetti than red sauce and meatballs. Next time you need to satisfy your carb craving, toss hot spaghetti with starchy pasta water, pepper and cheese. You’ll have a rich and flavorful dish that came together in almost no time.

Surprisingly, you don’t need milk or eggs to make great waffles. Replace those ingredients with applesauce for a breakfast treat that’s crisp on the outside but moist and muffin-like on the inside. Don’t forget a sprinkle of cinnamon for that extra-cozy flavor!

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