I post a lot of store deals on Momondealz and I also try to add frugal recipes at least once a week. I thought it may be beneficial to you to know what “staple foods” I ALWAYS have in my pantry. These items are ones that I know I can make into a variety of frugal and easy meals in case my menu plan fails me.
Whether they are black beans (my favorite), kidney beans,etc I know I can make soups, salads, side dishes, or add them to meat for burgers or mexican dishes!
I love brown rice and it can really make a meal more complete. My family enjoys when I add rice to casseroles, rollups, or vegetables for a side dish. Here is a great recipe book that has ideas for rice, beans and Grains: 366 Delicious Ways to Cook Rice, Beans, and Grains
You can get free pasta at least twice a month at many grocery stores and I always stock up whenever possible. You can also score great prices on bulk pasta on Amazon like Barilla Rotini Plus, 14.5 Ounce Boxes (Pack of 8). Pasta makes a great last minute meal and my family loves pasta night! We also use it to make pasta salad!
Soup is another item that can usually be a few cents during a good sale and by using coupons (that are almost always available). Besides just having a bowl of soup for lunch or dinner,I also use soups in casseroles and many crockpot meals. I purchase low sodium versions to make meals a bit more healthy.
I never pay more than a 20 cents for cans of tomatoes and always have as many on hand as possible! My husband is Italian and loves whipping up batches of sauce so it’s imperative I have tomatoes in the pantry! I also like adding them to faijitas, casseroles, and dipping sauces.
What are your pantry staples?
About The Author: Sharon is the mom of 3 and a former teacher. She is also the owner of Momondealz and enjoys teaching her readers how to save money by couponing, finding freebies, entering giveaways, and creating frugal recipes and children crafts.