WATCH: Making the most out of pantry basics

Steph Arnaldo

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WATCH: Making the most out of pantry basics
Veering away from frying canned goods? Here are 3 easy meals you can cook at home to make the most out of your grocery basics.

MANILA, Philippines – Lockdowns across the country (and around the world really) are, as experts suggest, a must if we’re to stop or at least slow down the coronavirus pandemic. But you know what isn’t a must? Being stuck in a food rut. 

Maybe you’ve stocked up on canned goods (understandably so), thinking that eating “healthy” during a quarantine is impossible. Okay, so maybe these preservative-ridden meats have tided you over during week one – but now that week two is over, you might be looking for new, more “nutritious” options to try out with the other pantry basics you have left.

Yes, cooking beyond canned goods is possible, and yes, whipping up a simple meal with your other pantry (and fridge) essentials in a short amount of time is too! These ideas are basic – and purposefully so – because they’re meals even beginners can whip up, now that most of us are left with little to no choice. 

Here are 3 dish ideas you can try out at home the next time you’re craving for (or have to cook) a home-cooked meal, as well as several ideas on what to stock up on during your next grocery trip. –

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Steph Arnaldo

If she’s not writing about food, she’s probably thinking about it. From advertising copywriter to freelance feature writer, Steph Arnaldo finally turned her part-time passion into a full-time career. She’s written about food, lifestyle, and wellness for Rappler since 2018.