Lockdown Store Cupboard Recipes

Lockdown poses many challenges and having good lockdown store cupboard recipes is something we all need. Knowing we can rustle up a meal from just our cupboards is both helpful and reassuring. In this blog, I’ve put together my five favourite lockdown store cupboard recipes, for those tricky days you need to make dinner but have an empty fridge! A ‘lockdown larder’, is always handy and you don’t need much. Finally, remember, cooking from your store cupboard means just that. Improvise with what you have and don’t worry. Stay Safe everyone.

Chickpea and Lentil Curry is one of my favourite recipes even when we are not in lockdown. If you don’t have fresh lemons, you can use bottled lemon juice.

Chickpea and Lentil Curry
This vegetarian curry is a favourite amongst many meat eaters! Chickpeas and lentils are traditional curry ingredients and this recipe is a great store cupboard favourite.
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My second favourite lockdown recipe is Bean Goulash, which also happens to be uber healthy. You can use whatever beans you have available.

Bean Goulash
This is a simple version of a Hungarian Bean Goulash. Serve it with crusty bread or rice if you are pushed for time, but if not, it’s lovely with baked potato. It can be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge for 2 days. It also freezes well. If you are cooking it for freezing, just stir in the beans but don’t cook them any further as freezing softens the beans slightly. Just de-frost and re-heat the dish when you are ready.
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Prawn & Pea Risotto is always handy as the prawns and peas are both freezer items, which always makes this a great choice if you can’t get out.

Prawn and Pea Risotto
Prawns make a wonderful summery risotto and the peas add sweetness. Risotto can sometimes be hard to do when you have lots of distractions, so in this version, there is minimal stirring. It still tastes great, but you get some breathing space.
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Tuna Pasta Bake is a classic and tinned tuna lasts ages. Moreover, here, I’ve used tinned tomatoes for the sauce as they’re a storecupboard ingredient and dairy items, aren’t. This is also one of the recipes I use if the kids have been off school sick and I haven’t been able to get out.

Tuna Pasta Bake
A family favourite. Tuna pasta bake is great as it uses ‘store cupboard ingredients’ which is a nicer way of saying tins and packets. Very useful if your kids have been off sick and you’ve not been able to leave the house. This version uses a tomato base rather than a white sauce base, because it’s quicker, which is why I like it. It can be prepared in advance and kept covered in the fridge for up to 48 hours.
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My last lockdown store cupboard recipe, is Tomato and Basil Risotto with Poached Egg. Although this obviously tastes better with fresh basil, you can always use dried for that extra flavour. As well as a tasty addition, the egg is also a good source of protein.

Tomato and Basil Risotto with Poached Egg
If you’ve never cooked a risotto before, this one is for you. It’s very easy to do and you don’t have to stand over it stirring all the time. The poached egg is a lovely addition to this meal and provides protein.
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There are loads more great easy recipes to enjoy over on the recipe page to help get you through lockdown, including some great snacks – some of which are even healthy!

4 thoughts on “Lockdown Store Cupboard Recipes

  1. Matthew says:

    Love the look of these. Will be giving these a go

  2. Nathan says:

    Always looking for good store cupboard ideas. Really like the look of these

  3. Martin says:

    These look easy. Will def. be trying these

  4. Sarah says:

    Think we all need this! They all look great

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