5 Easy Recipes With Ingredients From Your Pantry

Times are really tough right now. Inflation is through the roof and we are officially in a recession. Today I’m sharing 5 easy recipes with ingredients from your pantry.

This will help you to say money by not ordering takeout when you don’t want to cook or forget to take chicken out of the freezer to thaw.

Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Bay Biscuits



  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth (I use water and chicken bouillon)
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken or turkey
  • 12 oz bag of mixed vegetables


  • 2 cups complete pancake mix (just add water type)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 oz (1/2 cup) cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Melt butter over medium heat in a skillet or saucepan. Stir in flour and mix well to prevent clumps. Add in chicken broth, and continue siring until the sauce thickens and it’s bubbly. Season with salt and pepper then add shredded chicken and mixed veggies.
  3. Prepare a 2-quart baking dish by spraying with cooking spray and spoon the chicken mixture into the baking dish.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is starting to brown and sauce is bubbling.

For the biscuits:

  1. Heat over 400 degrees.
  2. Stir pancake mix, water, and cheese until sticky dough forms. Drop dough on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Batch will make 4-8 biscuits, depending on size you want.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Stir together softened butter and garlic powder; brush over warm biscuits.
  6. Serve biscuits on side of chicken pot pie, and enjoy!

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Butter Ranch Chicken


  • 3-6 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 stick of butter or margarine
  • 1 packet dry ranch seasoning
  • 1 bag frozen vegetable of choice
  • 2 cups of rice


  1. In a slow cooker add chicken breasts, slices of butter and sprinkle with ranch seasoning mix (I used the chipotle ranch to give it a little kick).
  2. Cover the lid and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  3. Add in 1 bag of frozen veggies 30 minutes before serving.
  4. Serve with rice on the side.

Meal planning and meal prepping may feel like a lot of work or something that you don’t have time to do.

But if you are super busy, that is even MORE reason to meal plan and meal prep.

Taking the time to meal plan will help to set up your meal for success.

You will no longer have the internal battle or fight with your spouse of “what’s for dinner”! It’s already decided at the beginning of the week.

Meal planning and meal prepping also takes the urge out of ordering take out which will save a ton of money.

Another tip is to only go to the grocery store a maximum of once a week. Each time that you go to the grocery store, the likelihood of impulse purchases increases.

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Sweet & Sour Meatballs


  • 32-ounce bag frozen meatballs
  • 20-ounce can of drained pineapple chunks or tidbits
  • Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • Rice


  1. In a slow cooker, add full bag of frozen meatballs, drained can of pineapple and sweet and sour sauce to taste. I typically do 1/2 to 3/4 of jar.
  2. After a couple of hours, switch your crock pot to high and cook for an additional hour. Doing this will thicken the sauce. The sauce should be thicker and bubbling around the edges when ready.
  3. Serve over rice.

Chicken Tortilla Soup


  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 (15 oz.) can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (10 oz.) can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 jar of salsa of your choice
  • 1 package taco seasoning (or 1 oz if you have the giant container from Costco like me)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can cream style corn
  • 1 (15 oz.) can sweet corn
  • Tortilla strips for topping (if desired)


  1. In a slow cooker place your chicken breasts, salsa, great northern beans, Rotel, chicken broth and taco seasoning.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.
  3. (I personally like to first cook my chicken in my Instant Pot and shred then switch to the slow cook function. I prefer the texture of the chicken).
  4. Remove the lid and shred the chicken with two forks. Stir in the cream corn and sweet corn and keep the lid off, cooking for another 20 minutes on high (this will allow the soup to thicken up a little bit.)
  5. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with tortilla strips if desired.

Simple BBQ Chicken, Side & Veggies


  • 3-6 chicken breasts
  • 1 box of couscous or rice of choice
  • 2 teaspoons of oil, butter, or margarine
  • 1 bag of frozen veggies of choice
  • BBQ sauce to taste


  1. In Instant Pot, cook frozen or fresh chicken breasts with 1 cup of water on high pressure for 14 minutes.
  2. Shred chicken and add desired bbq sauce.
  3. To cook the couscous: in a small saucepan, bring 1 1/4 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of oil or butter to a boil.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in seasoning packet and couscous. Cover and let stand 5 minutes, before serving fluff with fork.
  5. Serve veggies on the side.

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Kelly Anne Smith | Freedom In A Budget
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  • Claire Claire on Feb 18, 2023

    Even chicken is now too expensive to buy unless you're wealthy - Feb 2023 - because of avian flu, raising & feeding costs of chickens.

    • Jill Jill on Feb 21, 2023

      I can stretch a $4.99 Costco rotisserie chicken into 3 or 4 dinners for family of 4 adults. Clean chicken, I get 2lbs or so.

      Chicken pot pie: 1/4 of chicken, 2 bags frozen veggies (or fresh alternative), chicken gravy top with great value crescent roll dough.

      Chicken curry: 1/4 chicken, 1 bag frozen peas (or veggie of choice), 2 cans tomatoes, 1 oz curry paste. Serve over rice.

      Chili: 1/4 chicken, 2 cans tomatoes, 1 can ea. dark red kidney & black beans, chili seasoning. Top with shredded cheese. Serve with nacho chips or over macaroni.

      Chicken pasta: 1/4 chicken, veggies of choice, red sauce, pasta of choice. Serve with bread &/or salad.

      Another option: Chicken & white bean soup/stew w/veggies.

      If you use a lot of beans, veggies, rice & pasta you really don't need as much meat.

  • Swt49596233 Swt49596233 on Feb 19, 2023

    Recipe doesn’t specify how much chicken broth.