25 Dairy-Free Pantry Meal Recipes for Canned & Non-Perishable Food

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Whether your community is in crisis, or you’ve simply run out of fresh food, it helps to have an arsenal of dairy-free pantry meal recipes on hand. These ideas cover all types of lunch and dinner entrees and suit many dietary needs. Beyond dairy-free, I’ve also labeled them for vegan, gluten-free, and top allergen needs.

25 Dairy-Free Pantry Meal Recipes for Canned & Non-Perishable Food - includes vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly lunches and dinners.

25 Dairy-Free Pantry Meal Recipes for Canned & Non-Perishable Food

For recipes that call for any fresh foods, I’ve included notes and optional omissions. The fresh foods aren’t essential in these dairy-free pantry meal recipes, or can be easily substituted.

Tomato Lentil Soup

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Omit the onion and garnishes if you don’t have them on hand. You can use jarred garlic.
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free, plant-based.

Tomato Lentil Soup Recipe - plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, flavorful, and fulfilling

Savory Pumpkin Sage Pasta

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: None needed!
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free option, grain-free option, nut-free option, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free, plant-based.

Vegan Pumpkin Pasta Recipe with Sage & Walnuts (Pantry Cuisine - made purely with non-perishable ingredients!)

Baked Curry Risotto

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: The lime juice is optional, but you can also use bottled lime juice.
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free, plant-based.

Baked Curry Risotto - Easy, One Pot, No-Stir Pantry Recipe! Naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and top food allergy-friendly.

Confetti Black-Eyed Peas & Brown Rice

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Omit the celery, and optionally add celery flakes or celery salt. Substitute jarred roasted red peppers for the bell peppers.
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free, plant-based.

Confetti Black-Eyed Pea and Brown Rice Salad Recipe - Plant-Based, Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Allergy-Friendly Recipe from the American Heart Association

Ten Minute Tuna Couscous

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Use canned peas instead of frozen and omit the lemon juice or use bottled.
  • Special Diet Notes: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free option, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free option, sesame-free.

Ten Minute Tuna Couscous - dairy-free, nut-free, versatile, fast, easy, and tasty! Great pantry recipe for using non-perishables.

Stovetop Dairy-Free Mac & Cheese

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Omit the added vegetables or substitute jarred roasted red peppers and canned corn. Use canned or jarred carrots and bottle lemon juice.
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free option, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free, plant-based.

Dairy-Free Stovetop Mac and Cheese Recipe - an easy, plant-based, gluten-free, allergy-friendly dish made with Spicy Southwestern Flavor

Pantry Panzanella Salad

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Omit the lettuce. Optionally serve with quinoa or couscous.
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free option, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free, plant-based.

Panzanella Salad

Pantry Chicken & Vegetable Quinoa

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Use dried parsley and bottle lemon juice, or substitute balsamic vinegar for the latter.
  • Special Diet Notes: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free.

Quinoa Chicken Vegetable Salad

10-Minute Vegetable Pantry Soup

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Use dehydrated onion and garlic, or omit them.
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan option, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free, plant-based.

Ten Minute Vegetable Pantry Soup Recipe - a "from-scratch" soup with canned goods. Plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free, allergy-friendly.

Tuna Noodle UnCasserole

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Use olive oil in place of the buttery spread.
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan option, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free option, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free option, sesame-free, plant-based options.

Easy Dairy-Free Tuna Noodle Un-Casserole Recipe - also nut-free and soy-free with gluten-free and vegan Options

Lentil Oat Burgers or Sliders

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: None needed!
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free option, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free, plant-based.

Plant-Based Lentil Oat Burgers Recipe - great vegan patties homemade with real ingredients from your pantry!

Thai Curry Chili

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Omit the onion and garlic, and optionally add onion and garlic powder or jarred garlic.
  • Special Diet Notes: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free option, sesame-free.

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chili

Italian Tuna Fettuccine

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Omit the onion and garlic, and optionally add onion and garlic powder or jarred garlic.
  • Special Diet Notes: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free option, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free.

Easy Italian Tuna Fettuccine Recipe - a quick pantry recipe with tomatoes and olives. Dairy-free, gluten-free optional.

One-Pot Sicilian Couscous

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Use canned carrots and jarred roasted red bell peppers. Omit the onion and optionally add onion powder. Use jarred garlic, garlic powder, or omit the garlic.
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free, plant-based.

One-Pot Sicilian Couscous Recipe - A Plant-Based Dinner Recipe from One-Dish Vegan

5-Ingredient Pumpkin Curry Slow Cooker Soup

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: None needed!
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free, plant-based.

5-Ingredient Pumpkin Curry Soup

Speedy Chicken Burrito Bowls

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Omit the lettuce and cilantro. Use bottled lime juice, or substitute apple cider vinegar and a touch of honey.
  • Special Diet Notes: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free.

Chicken Burrito Salad

Plant-Based Chorizo

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Use canned mushrooms. Omit the onion and optionally add onion powder.
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free option, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free option, sesame-free, plant-based.

Plant-Based Chorizo Recipe - Healthy vegan meat alternative made with vegetables!

Pine Nut Cheese Pasta

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Omit the chives.
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free option, peanut-free, sesame-free, plant-based.

Creamy Vegan Pine Nut Cheese Pasta Recipe Infused with Green Tea - dairy-free and optionally gluten-free

Homemade Cheeseless Pizza

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: None needed!
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan option, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free, plant-based.
  • Non-Perishable Topping Ideas: olives, canned mushrooms, artichoke hearts, roasted red bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, vacuum packed meats (like some pepperoni or salami).

Mama's Dairy-Free Homemade Pizza Recipe (vegan optional) - with versatile from-scratch dough and super-easy sauce

Walnut Cream Pasta

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Use jarred garlic, garlic powder, or omit the garlic. Add canned vegetables instead of fresh.
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free option, peanut-free, soy-free option, sesame-free, plant-based.

Vegan Walnut Cream Pasta Recipe with Bodacious Broccoli - a sample quick and easy dinner from the Jazzy Vegetarian's Deliciously Vegan

Quick Mexican-Style Pumpkin Chili

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Omit the bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Optionally add garlic and onion powders.
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan option, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free, plant-based options.

Quick Mexican-Style Pumpkin Chili Recipe (dairy-free, gluten-free and allergy-friendly - vegan options included)

Creamy Thai Curry Pasta

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Omit the onion and add some onion powder, if desired.
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free option, peanut-free option, soy-free, sesame-free, plant-based.

Vegan Thai Curry Pasta Recipe - rich, creamy, delicious, dairy-free, and soy-free recipe from the cookbook Vegan Mac and Cheese

Black Bean Chipotle Burgers

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Omit the onion and add some onion powder, if desired. Bake your own 40-Minute Hamburger Buns.
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free, plant-based.
  • Topping Ideas: If you don’t have fresh lettuce, tomatoes, or avocados on hand, you can saute some canned mushrooms and top with jarred roasted red bell pepper.

Candle 79's Famous Black Bean Chipotle Vegan Burgers - a healthy recipe from a popular vegan restaurant!

Chicken Pozole

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Use canned chicken and jarred garlic. Omit the onion.
  • Special Diet Notes: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free.

Chicken Pozole

Creamy Artichoke Rice Salad

  • Pure Pantry Modifications: Substitute 1 tablespoon dried chives for the fresh chives.
  • Special Diet Notes: vegan option, dairy-free, egg-free option, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sesame-free.
  • Make it a Meal: Add 1 can drained and rinsed chickpeas, chicken, tuna, or salmon.

Mama's Best Artichoke Rice Salad Recipe - a naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free recipe that the whole family loves.

 

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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