20+ vegan recipes made from pantry staples! Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert ideas that require basic ingredients, but don’t miss any flavour. Many gluten-free and oil-free options too. 

20 easy vegan recipes made from pantry staples

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I was thinking about the content that I could put out that would be helpful to you all in these times, and a roundup of recipes that you can make using simple pantry ingredients seemed an obvious choice. After all, oftentimes simple, back-to-basics recipes are my favourite. Just how much flavour you can create with basic ingredients always amazes me.

Of course on certain days I just throw together some plain rice and beans with a tahini drizzle. Or have oats 3 times in a row. But cooking is also like therapy for me and getting creative in the kitchen always spreads so much joy throughout the house.

So I went through my blog and picked out my favourite recipes that are uncomplicated, but big on flavour and ingredient simplicity. Think pastas, stir-fries, rice of all sorts, noodles, soup, curries … I’ve also thrown in a couple of desserts because chocolate = a big mood right now.

When making these recipes, feel free to sub in anything you have on hand. For instance, if you don’t have a certain vegetable, most of the time it works to replace it with a different one of your choice. Likewise, feel free to swap around bean varieties and any spices based on what you have/feel like eating. And of course, if you need any help, feel free to send me an email or a DM on Instagram!

25 vegan recipes made from pantry staples

1. Easy Vegan Potato Curry

Easy vegan potato curry

One of the most popular recipes on my blog, and one that I make all the time for myself! Enjoy it over a bed of fluffy rice for comfort food at its best that’s ready in under 30 minutes.

2. White Bean Skillet Potatoes With Garlic Mushrooms

Closeup of spoon with potatoes and beans in a tomato sauce

This is a great one for all you savoury breakfast lovers out there! But the fantastic thing is that you can make this recipe for dinner too. So it’s pretty much an all-round versatile delight.

3. Lime Chickpea Stir-fry

Vegan lime chickpea stir-fry

Make this chickpea stir-fry if you want something light, tangy and refreshing. Add whatever vegetables you have on hand, and save any leftovers for lunch the next day.

4. Vegetable Rice Soup With Black Beans

This has to be one of my favourite soups of all time! The flavours are absolutely incredible, despite the simplicity of the ingredients. Garnish with herbs of your choice, and you’ll have a meal that the whole family will love.

5. Vegan Lentil Meatballs In Curry Sauce

Closeup of vegan meatballs over a bed of rice with curry sauce

Curry flavours are my absolute favourite! These ‘meatballs’ are freezer-friendly, and taste even better together with the creamy and rich curry sauce.

6. Butter Bean Sweet Potato Stew

Butter bean sweet potato stew

This one is fantastic for batch cooking! Made from simple ingredients, this stew is packed full of flavour and incredibly satisfying. Would definitely recommend it to any sweet potato fans like myself!

7. Sheet Pan Potatoes And Tofu

Vegan sheet pan potatoes and tofu

These sheet pan potatoes are an ideal option for meal prep and taste absolutely incredible. If you don’t have tofu on hand, simply leave it out or swap for beans of your choice. Serve either as a main course or a side dish.

8. Vegan Stuffed Baked Potatoes With Tahini Chickpeas

Vegan stuffed potatoes with chickpeas and avocado

Stuffed potatoes make an incredible base for any filling of your choice, and this one made with chickpeas is one of my personal favourites. Serve with mashed avocado on top, and you’re good to go!

9. Kidney Bean One Pot Pasta

Vegan kidney bean one pot pasta

One pot meals are the way to go when it comes to minimising time, effort and washing up. Essentially all you have to do is dump the ingredients into a pot, stir occasionally, and then serve up (ensure to make extra, because in my experience, seconds are a must).

10. Peanut Butter Cookies With Tahini

Vegan peanut butter cookies with tahini

Peanut butter and tahini in one treat? Yes please! Make these for when those sweet tooth cravings hit, with more peanut butter smeared on top.

11. Vegan Borscht

Gluten-free vegan borscht with croutons

This is one of my favourite soups, and one that I’ve been eating my whole life! Add any vegetables of your choice for greater versatility. Also save some for next day, because it can taste even better reheated!

12. Vegan Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Stuffed cabbage leaves with rice

Stuffed cabbage rolls are a great budget-friendly option. These ones are made with a mushroom and rice filling, topped with an easy tomato sauce. Optional is a generous serving of vegan cheese, but it’s just as good without.

13. Sweet And Sour Chickpeas And Green Beans

Frying pan with sweet and sour chickpeas and green beans

Sweet and sour flavours are always super comforting and definitely hit the spot. Not only that, but this meal is also ready around 10 minutes, hence I make it all the time for myself when I’m in a rush (which is more often than not, lol).

14. Chili With Butter Beans

Vegan chili recipe with butter beans gluten-free

If you like spicier food, this one may be for you. Chili is the sort of meal anyone could look forward to after a long day. This one uses butter beans for texture and also a serving of plant based protein.

15. Sweet Potato Pancakes

Pancakes on a white plate with peanut butter

Another excellent breakfast option, that’s meal prep and freezer-friendly. These pancakes are wholesome, soft, and even better with a generous drizzle of maple syrup, peanut butter or vegan chocolate sauce.

16. Chunky Vegan Potato Soup

Vegan soup in a blue plate

Another one of my favourite soups. They’re so prominent on this list because it’s just so easy to make soup out of vegan pantry staples! Bursting with vegetables and cosiness, this is a soup that could become a regular appearance within your dinner rota.

17. Vegan Butter ‘Chicken’

Bowl with chickpeas in a curry sauce over rice

Vegan butter ‘chicken’ alternative, made with chickpeas! Another recipe that’s a staple in my kitchen. The addition of peanut butter adds so much creaminess and depth to the taste, that you definitely won’t be able to resist seconds!

18. Easy Vegan Lentil Bolognese

Vegan bolognese with broccoli and mushrooms in a white bowl

This classic dish never gets old. Lentil bolognese is super versatile, and a nostalgic dish for many too, given the popularity of bolognese.

19. Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread

Two slices of vegan banana bread with peanut butter and tahini

Here is some more chocolate for all of you! After all, it’s very hard to eat too much chocolate because in my opinion, such a limit really doe snot exist. Fudgy, moist, and with a perfect level of sweetness, this is chocolate banana bread at its best. Serve with peanut butter and banana, or on its own.

20. Vegan Fried Rice

Vegan fried rice with chickpeas and green beans

You don’t need any eggs to make a delicious and wholesome fried rice! Even if you leave out the mushrooms, this still makes a phenomenal side dish or main course that’s great for cooking in bulk.

Let me know in the comments: which one of these vegan recipes made from pantry staples was your favourite? What is your go-to basic ingredient dish?