Kid-Friendly Pantry Meals

This spring, going to the grocery store went from being a bit of a chore to a significant undertaking. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably trying to keep your shopping trips to a minimum, and that might mean relying a little more on pantry foods and frozen vegetables.

Fortunately, you can still put together healthy meals that your little ones will love! We rounded up some tasty kid- and toddler-friendly meals that are filling, nutritious, and easily made or modified with foods that can be stored for an extended period of time. 

Be sure to let us know about your mealtime successes! Tag us in your Instagram stories if any of these are a hit with your hungry littles.

Black Bean Cakes from Weelicious

Beans are a perfect food to keep on hand. They’re versatile, high in fiber, and kids love them! These black bean cakes are also vegetarian and freezer-friendly.

Kindergarten Bread from Bella Luna Toys

Baking bread is a classroom tradition in Waldorf kindergartens. Little hands love to help measure ingredients and knead dough — and little mouths love to eat it fresh out of the oven!

Thai Peanut Noodles from Show Me The Yummy

Peanut noodles are ridiculously easy to make and taste great hot or cold. Nut-free? Try subbing sunbutter for the peanut butter.

Cheesy Broccoli, Rice, and Beans from Happy Healthy Mama

This fiber-rich meal has just four ingredients and can be made using dried or canned beans and fresh or frozen broccoli!

Alphabet Vegetable Soup from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

Is there anything more fun than alphabet soup? Perfect for a rainy day, this version can be made with fresh or frozen veggies.

Amazingly Tasty Clean Eating Baked Beans from Clean Eating With Kids

We’ve yet to meet a preschooler who doesn’t love canned baked beans. This homemade version is sure to be a new favorite.

The Very Best Granola from Cookie + Kate

Here’s another fun recipe that the kids can help make! Granola is great as a cereal or smoothie bowl topping, but this version also includes tips for getting your granola to have those extra big chunks that are fun to eat all on their own.

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