Seven Essential Recipes Using Essential Ingredients

Over the last year, many of us have taken to cooking for ourselves, but have sometimes had issues finding particular ingredients for particular recipes.

This is not a problem for seven of our favourite recipes here. You can get the ingredients by buying bulk food online, they are very simple and highly adaptable for whatever ingredients you have around the house.

Here are some of our favourite adaptable meals you can make with store cupboard essentials.



A recipe so versatile everyone has a recipe for it, all you need to make a warm, filling bowl of chilli is beans, spices, tinned tomatoes, spices and some olive oil. Toast your spices, fry your sliced onions, add everything together, season and simmer.

You can add mince to it or anything you like, and it is a meal that has been a part of batch cooking meal plans for decades.


Chicken Traybake

Traybakes are an easy way to have a roast dinner experience without the hassle of a roasting tray or preparing a whole chicken. So long as you can get some chicken thighs, potatoes and whatever vegetables and seasonings you like, you can enjoy a delicious, nutritious one tray meal experience.


Chickpea Curry

An aromatic tinned favourite, a chickpea curry is a meal that can be adapted in so many ways and can be used as a base for many other delicious curries.

The main ingredients you need are chickpeas, onions, garlic cloves and coconut milk, as well as ginger, paprika, turmeric, coriander, vegetable stock, curry powder, olive oil, salt and pepper to season the sauce.


Stir Fry

Stir-fries only need noodles, soy sauce, vinegar and either honey or another sweetener. Everything else, from meats to vegetables to spices can be tweaked and adapted, and the actual cooking process is super easy.

The humble stir-fry is a student favourite for a reason and is a meal anyone can cook.



Fish, whether fresh, tinned or frozen, is a brilliant, healthy option, and can be cooked in so many ways, from pan-fried fillets to roasted and baked fish recipes.

As most fishes taste delightfully tender and mild, feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices to find your signature taste.


Banana Bread

Easy to make, delicious and a great way to reduce wasted fruit, banana bread has become incredibly popular in any kitchen with a cake tin. All you need (besides some very ripe bananas) is butter, eggs, sugar, flour and whatever else you choose to add.

Mix it all up in a mixing bowl, line your bread tin with greased baking paper and bake for an hour.



If you have a sandwich maker, double-sided grill or a panini press, these delightfully cheesy toasted folded tortillas are perfect for a dinnertime treat.

By far the easiest way to make one, so easy that it went viral on TikTok, is to take your tortilla, slice it from the centre to the outside, add four ingredients (cheese, salsa, guacamole and chicken really works for us), fold each quadrant and either brown in a pan or your grill.