Say you have a well-stocked pantry with all the essentials, but you’re looking to get creative with old favorites. Plus, most frozen foods stay safe for so long, you might forget they’re in there! It’s time to reach to the back of the shelf and thaw some packages.
Using ingredients you already have in your home can make meal planning and prepping way easier throughout a busy week.
Let’s tackle a few easy recipes to liven up the freezer and pantry staples in your kitchen.
1. Thai Peanut Stir Fry Noodles
To create this dish, you can use your favorite variety of flat noodles made with egg or rice. The essential ingredient is the sauce — mix San-J Tamari Peanut Sauce. Stir fry with chicken, a cooked, scrambled egg, and your favorite vegetables such as peppers, mushrooms and bean sprouts.
2. Korean BBQ Tacos
The whole family can enjoy this spin on tacos for dinner, and leftovers for lunch! Start by marinating chopped sirloin steak in our Korean BBQ Sauce, then sauté and combine it with shredded carrots and cucumber. All that’s left is to load up your soft-shell tortillas and dig in.
3. Tuna Potato Cakes
Prepare these fish cakes as an appetizer or snack by opening a can of tuna from your pantry and a package of pre-prepared mashed potatoes — or make your own. Combine them with bread crumbs, egg and finely chopped garlic, spring onions and celery, then a touch of San-J Tamari. Once you shape the mixture into patties and fry them in a large pan, you’ll have an easy-dip food in your hands!
4. Hoisin Shrimp With Broccoli
Here’s another yummy seafood recipe you can cook up with ease. Prepare the stir fry sauce in a flash with our Hoisin Sauce, water and a bit of corn starch. Sauté peeled ginger, shrimp and red bell pepper in your skillet or wok. You can save time by warming up a microwaveable bag of broccoli florets — just ensure these veggies are thawed when you add them in.
5. Instant Pot Rice With Chicken and Vegetables
This recipe is a clever use of freezer ingredients and your choice of rice from the pantry, all in one quick meal. On Sauté setting, cook onion and garlic with oil along with a sprinkling of seasonings, diced carrots, and chopped bell peppers. Stir in rice, broth, and Tamari Soy Sauce and place thawed boneless chicken breasts on top. Pressure cooking makes this meal ready in less than 30 minutes!
6. Teriyaki Cauliflower Fried Rice
If you are a veggie-lover, you probably eat cauliflower as much as broccoli. Try making cauliflower rice yourself or use frozen cauliflower rice as a lower-carb alternative to usual rice. Make this recipe with a splash of our Teriyaki Sauce, and you have a delicious plate of fried rice!