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60+ Easy Pantry & Freezer Meals for Quarantine

 

Need some ideas for easy freezer meals and pantry meals to cook up while you stay at home for a coronavirus quarantine? When you're in coronavirus isolation to help prevent coronavirus in America, you can do some delicious freezer pantry cooking while you stay home!

I have to say that I've never put so much time and energy into getting groceries until recently, while I've been staying home to help save lives while under shelter in place orders due to the coronavirus.

 

While stay at home orders have been in place from to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, I've scheduled FreshDirect deliveries weeks in advance, placed Whole Foods orders only to receive less than half my order, and scoured the web for hours looking for hard-to-find ingredients like yeast.

 

And I know that in the New York City area, I have many more delivery options than many other people in the United States! One thing I'm sure we all have in common: Our fridges, pantries, and freezers may be looking pretty slim right now. Easy freezer meals and pantry meals to cook up while you stay at home for coronavirus isolation, anyone?

 

Because it can be a challenge to put together nutritious, tasty, and balanced meals in times like this coronavirus quarantine period, I asked my registered dietitian and healthy recipe blogger friends for their best recipes that you can easily put together with the pantry and frozen ingredients that you have on hand.

 

Want 60-plus recipes to keep your belly fully and your spirits lifted while staying at home for a shelter-in-place order? Here are the best freezer meals and pantry dinners to whip up for your quarantine cooking. You can even make cooking an outdoor activity by using the grill.

 

Ready, set...I want to see all the delicious freezer and pantry meals that you cook up during your coronavirus quarantine!

Grab your quarantine food list to make these quarantine meals! There are lots of ideas for easy pantry recipes and make ahead freezer meals. #freezermeal #pantrymeal #quarantine #recipe #easyrecipe #dinner #lunch #breakfast #dessert #snackrecipe #frozen

Coronavirus Quarantine Breakfast Ideas

  

1. Gluten-Free Instant Pot Oatmeal

Have steel-cut oats, canned coconut milk, and pumpkin puree on hand? Then you'll love this recipe from Sarah Jane Parker, blogger at The Fit Cookie.

Pantry staples: steel-cut oats, canned coconut milk, canned pumpkin, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt

 

2. Applesauce Blender Bread

When it comes to easy pantry meals, here's one for you. Whip up a loaf with almond flour, applesauce, coconut oil, and spices with this recipe from Allison Walker, RD and Allyson Boan.

Pantry staplesalmond flour, coconut oil, unsweetened applesaucevanilla extract, baking powder, baking sodacinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, salt

 

3. Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie

This recipe is a staple in my kitchen and perfect to whip up while in quarantine. It takes just minutes to make!

Pantry staples: peanut butter, maple syrup

Freezer staples: frozen wild blueberries

  

4. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Pancakes

What's better than blender pancakes during coronavirus isolation? You'll need oats and peanut butter to make this recipe from Natalie Knezic, blogger at Natalie's Health.

Pantry staples: quick-cooking oats, oat milkpeanut butter, vanilla extractbaking powdercinnamonsalt

 

5. Protein French Toast

You don't need maple syrup to enjoy French toast! This recipe from my kitchen has a special ingredient that comes from your freezer.

Pantry staples: whole-grain bread, cooking spray, pecansvanilla extract, Ceylon cinnamonnutmeg

Freezer staples: unsweetened frozen cherries

 

6. Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

The beauty of baked oatmeal is that it lasts for days! Give this recipe from Katie Scott, blogger at Chasing Vibrance, a try.

Pantry staples: rolled oatsmaple syrupbaking powdercinnamonsalt

Freezer staples: frozen blueberries

 

7. Healthy Honey Banana Muffins

 

Wondering what to make with almond meal and oats? Try this recipe from Lauren Seserko, blogger at Breathe Deeply and Smile.

Pantry staples: almond milk, cashew milk, olive oil, almond meal, honey crystalsbaking powder, vanilla extractcinnamonsalt

 

8. High-Protein Overnight Oats

Utilize frozen berries in this easy overnight recipe from my kitchen. 

Pantry staples: rolled oatsvanilla extract, unsweetened cocoa powder, shredded coconut, pistachios

Freezer staples: frozen strawberries

 

9. Coconut Almond Granola

When it comes to easy quarantine meals, here's one for you! Make your own granola with this recipe from Lorie Yarro, blogger at Lemons and Zest.

Pantry staples: rolled oatssliced almondsdried coconutmaple syrupbrown sugarcanola oilvanilla extractcinnamonsea salt

 

10. Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats

This breakfast from Seserko is peanut-buttery delicious. It's one of tastiest easy freezer meals!

Pantry staples: rolled oats, powdered peanut butter, almond milk, steviacinnamon

 

11. Easy Coffee Cake Muffins

The best part about these muffins from my kitchen is that they give you a little jolt of energy. Plus, they freeze well!

Pantry staples: all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flourbaking powder, granulated sugar, instant coffeevanilla extract, cooking spraysalt

Grab your quarantine food list to make these quarantine meals! There are lots of ideas for easy pantry recipes and make ahead freezer meals. #freezermeal #pantrymeal #quarantine #recipe #easyrecipe #dinner #lunch #breakfast #dessert #snackrecipe #frozen

Coronavirus Quarantine Lunch & Dinner Main Ideas

 

12. Pantry Peanut Butter & Chickpea Soup

This recipe from Liz Weiss, co-author of The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeoversfeatures pantry staples such as peanut butter, brown rice, and canned chickpeas.

Pantry staples: extra-virgin olive oil, vegetable broth, canned tomato sauce, boil-in-a-bag brown rice, canned chickpeas, peanut butter, peanuts, turmeric, ground cumin, chili powder, curry powder, cinnamon, celery seed, ground black pepper

  

13. Quick and Easy Salmon Fritters

Cook up a quick meal with canned salmon, bread crumbs, mayo, and olive oil with this recipe from Alyssa Lavy, RD, co-author of Yoga, Food, and Mood.

Pantry staples: canned salmon, whole-wheat breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, garlic-infused olive oilground black pepper, salt

 

14. Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

This recipe from Lavy features buffalo sauce, tortillas, and spices. You can sub in frozen chicken breast for fresh. It's one of the tastiest quarantine meals out there!

Pantry staples: avocado oil, cooking spraybuffalo saucewhole-wheat tortillasgarlic powder

 

15. Mexican Macaroni and Cheese

Have a box of mac and cheese on hand? Then you can cook up this easy recipe from Joan Salge Blake, RD, author of Nutrition & YouIt's one of the easiest pantry meals to make while you stay at home.

Pantry staples: boxed macaroni and cheeselow-sodium canned black beanschunky salsa

 

16. Taco Chili

Have a few cans of beans, plus canned tomatoes? Then you can whip up this recipe from Allison Knott, RD.

Pantry staples: low-sodium vegetable broth, kidney beans, pinto beans, red beans, canned crushed tomatoes, canned tomatoes with green chilesolive oil, taco seasoning

  

17. Yellow Tadka Dal with Quinoa & Chickpeas

Make this meal from Hayden James, MA, RDN, CDE, with quinoa, canned garbanzo beans, and a yellow tadka dal pouch.

Pantry staples: Trader Joe's yellow tadka dal, quinoacanned chickpeasolive oil

 

18. Vegetarian Rice Bowl

This recipe from my kitchen is ready in just minutes! It's one of my go-to easy freezer meals.

Pantry staples: brown rice, canned no-salt-added chickpeas, canned black olivesextra-virgin olive oil, ground black pepper

Freezer staples: frozen cut okra

 

19. 4-Ingredient Italian Wedding Soup

All you need to make this soup recipe from Holley Grainger, RD, is broth, frozen spinach, past, and frozen meatballs.

Pantry staples: low-sodium vegetable broth, ditallini pasta

Freezer staples: frozen chopped spinach, frozen mini meatballs

 

20. Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls

If you can get your hands on a spaghetti squash, you'll just need canned black beans, canned corn, salsa, and a few other ingredients to whip up this recipe from Lizzie Streit, MS, RDN.

Pantry staples: canned black beans, canned corn, salsa verdeolive oilchili powder, cuminground black pepper

  

22. Spicy Harissa Bean Soup

If you have dried beans, olive oil, canned tomatoes, and a few other ingredients you can make this recipe from Rachael Hartley, RD.

Pantry staples: mixed dried beansvegetable broth, canned diced tomatoesextra-virgin olive oil, harissa paste, dried thyme, dried basil, dried oregano

 

23. White Bean Pizza

If take-out isn't an option, make your own pizza! This recipe from my kitchen boasts protein from the white beans.

Pantry staples: canned no-salt-added white beansextra-virgin olive oil, jarred minced garlic, naan bread, red pepper flakes

 

24. Spicy Quinoa and Black Beans with Pineapple

You'll need staples like quinoa, canned coconut milk, low-sodium vegetable broth, and black beans to cook up this meal from Hartley.

Pantry staples: quinoacanned coconut milkcanned black beans, salsa, cayenne pepper, salt

Freezer staples: frozen pineapple

 

25. Canned Tuna Pasta Recipe

Here's something to do with those cans of tuna. You'll also need pasta, jarred roasted red peppers, and minced garlic to create this recipe from Jodi Danen, RD.

Pantry staples: canned oil-packed tuna, linguine, jarred roasted red peppers, jarred minced garlicground black peppersalt

 

26. Kitchen Clean-Out Stir-Fry

You'll need brown rice, frozen veggies, and frozen edamame to whip up this dish from Jamie Lee McIntyre, MS, RDN.

Pantry staples: cooking spray, soy sauce, ground gingergarlic powder, sesame seeds

Freezer staples: frozen cooked ricefrozen mixed vegetables, frozen shelled edamame 

 

27. Pasta Cici

Have macaroni noodles, cici beans, and canned tomato puree? Then you can eat up this recipe from Rosanne Rust, MS, RD, co-author of Glycemic Index Cookbook for Dummies.

Pantry staples: canned tomato pureecanned chickpeas, elbow macaroniolive oil, dried oreganoground black peppersalt

 

28. Pizza Soup

If you can't get your hands on pizza dough, this soup from Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, owner of Sound Bites Nutrition, is the next best thing.

Pantry staples: canned diced tomatoes, canned white beans, chicken brothdried oreganodried basildried rosemary

Freezer staples: frozen chopped spinach

 

29. Italian Lentil & Rice Casserole

Have lentils, bread crumbs, and canned tomatoes? You can make this recipe from Laura Yautz, RDN, owner of Being Nutritious in Pittsburgh.

Pantry staples: vegetable brothbrown rice, dry brown lentilscanned diced tomatoes, Kalamata olives, Panko breadcrumbsolive oil, nutritional yeastdried oreganoground black peppersalt

 

30. Teriyaki Soba Noodles

Craving Asian noodles? This recpe from Yautz hits the spot with soba noodles, frozen veggies, and frozen edamame.

Pantry staples: soba noodles, toasted sesame oil, corn starch, low-sodium soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, red pepper flakessesame seeds

Freezer staples: frozen mixed vegetablesfrozen shelled edamame 

 

31. Quinoa and Bean Chili

You'll need staples like canned beans, sundried tomatoes, and quinoa to make this dish from Kitty Broihier, RD, co-author of The Everyday Low-Carb Slow Cooker Cookbook.

Pantry staples: canned diced tomatoes, dried oregano

 

32. Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice

You can use frozen mixed veggies in this recipe from Colleen Christensen, RD, nutrition blogger at No Food Rules.

Pantry staples: ricevegetable brotholive oilsoy sauce, onion powdergarlic powder

Freezer staples: frozen mixed vegetables

 

33. Bean and Barley Veggie Chili

Ingredients like canned tomatoes and vegetable stock make this dish from Maria Adams, MS, MPH, RDN, owner of Halsa Nutrition, easy to whip up.

Pantry staples: grapeseed oil, canned fire-roasted diced tomatoescanned black beans, vegetable stock, pearled barleychili powdercumindried oregano

 

34. Chicken Broccoli Devan

This recipe from Rebecca Clyde, RD, features cream-of-chicken soup.

Pantry staples: canned cream-of-chicken soupcurry powdercooking sprayground black pepper, salt

 

35. Chickpea Meatballs

You'll need canned chickpeas, breadcrumbs, and Italian seasoning to make this recipe from Vespa.

Pantry staples: canned chickpeas, breadcrumbsnutritional yeast, extra-virgin olive oil, Italian seasoninggarlic powder, smoked paprikaground black peppersalt

 

36. Slow-Cooker Vegan Chili

Utilize out-of-the-box pantry staples such as cocoa powder and coffee in this recipe from Melissa Altman-Traub, MS, RDN.

Pantry staples: olive oilcanned diced tomatoespinto beanskidney beanschili powderdried oregano, cumin

 

37. Creamy Vegetable Soup

If you have cashews, canned chickpeas, frozen veggies, and a few other ingredients you can make this soup from Jamie Vespa, RD.

Pantry staples: canned chickpeaslow-sodium vegetable broth, raw cashewsextra-virgin olive oildried oreganoground black pepperkosher salt 

 

Freezer staples: mixed frozen vegetables

 

38. Healthy Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuits

This satisfying recipe from Maggie Farley, RD utilizes chicken broth and frozen veggies.

Pantry staples: avocado oil, white whole-wheat flourlow-sodium chicken broth, celery seedgarlic powderground black peppersalt

 

Freezer staples: frozen vegetable medley

 

39. West African Peanut Stew with Chicken

Have chicken broth, peanut butter, canned tomatoes, and canned tomato past? Then you can whip up this recipe from Kara Lydon, RD.

Pantry staples: olive oil, ricechicken brothcanned diced tomatoes, canned tomato pastepeanut butterpeanuts, smoked paprikacayenne pepperground black peppersalt

 

Grab your quarantine food list to make these quarantine meals! There are lots of ideas for easy pantry recipes and make ahead freezer meals. #freezermeal #pantrymeal #quarantine #recipe #easyrecipe #dinner #lunch #breakfast #dessert #snackrecipe #frozen

Coronavirus Quarantine Lunch & Dinner Side Ideas

  

40. Roasted Frozen Broccoli

You don't need much more than frozen broccoli to roast up this side from Lizzie Streit, MS, RDN.

Pantry staples: olive oilground black peppersea salt

Freezer staples: frozen broccoli florets

 

41. Spicy Okra Recipe

This recipe from Shahzadi Devje, RD, utilizes frozen okra, as well as pantry staples such as olive oil and spices.

Pantry staples: extra-virgin olive oil, paprikacumin, salt

Freezer staples: frozen cut okra

 

 

42. Citrus Salad Recipe

If you have quinoa on hand, this salad from my kitchen is super easy to make.

Pantry staples: quinoaextra-virgin olive oilhoney, diced prunes, dry-roasted almonds

 

43. No-Yeast Homemade Wheat Bread

If all your local stores are out of yeast, it's no problem thanks to this recipe from Angela Cardamome Campos, blogger at Marathons and Motivation.

Pantry staples: whole-wheat flourbaking sodasalt

 

44. Brussels Sprouts with Grape Honey Glaze

This recipe from my kitchen is so easy to make with frozen veggies. It's one of the best recipes to cook in quarantine.

Pantry staples: 100% grape juicecorn starchhoney

Freezer staples: frozen Brussels sprouts

 

45. Green Pea and Almond Pesto

This recipe from Rinku Bhattacharya, author of Instant Indian, features frozen peas, almonds, and olives.

Pantry staples: blanched almondssliced almonds, canned olives, pastaextra-virgin olive oilsalt 

Freezer staples: frozen peas

 

46. Sriracha Sweet Potato Fries

Consider using frozen sweet potato fries when whipping up this recipe from Sara Haas, RD, co-author of Fertility Foods.

Pantry staples: extra-virgin olive oil, srirachacorn starch, ketchuplow-sodium soy sauce, apricot preserveskosher salt

 

 

Grab your quarantine food list to make these quarantine meals! There are lots of ideas for easy pantry recipes and make ahead freezer meals. #freezermeal #pantrymeal #quarantine #recipe #easyrecipe #dinner #lunch #breakfast #dessert #snackrecipe #frozen

Coronavirus Quarantine Snack & Dessert Ideas

 

47. Chocolate Crunch Bar Cups

Homemade candy? Yes, please, thanks to this recipe from Yarro.

Pantry staples: dark chocolate, puffed rice cerealsea salt

 

48. 2-Ingredient Applesauce Cupcakes

Whip up this recipe from Grainger with just applesauce and vanilla cake mix.

Pantry staples: unsweetened applesauce, boxed vanilla cake mix

 

49. Vegan Chocolate Pudding

You only need a few ingredients to make this recipe from my kitchen.

Pantry staples: powdered peanut butterunsweetened cocoa powderdried coconut

 

50. Superfood Greek Yogurt Bark

If you have space in your freezer, you can put together this recipe from Kaila Proulx, blogger at Healthy Helper Blog.

Pantry staples: shredded coconut, chia seeds, dried cranberriessliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, buckwheat groatsdark chocolatehoneycinnamon

 

51. Sweet Potato Vegan Cookie Dough

This dessert from Sarah Schlichter, RD, hits the spot!

Pantry staples: canned chickpeaspeanut buttermaple syruprolled oatsalmond milk, chocolate chipsvanilla extractbaking sodacinnamonsalt

 

52. Speedy Peanut Butter Oat Cookies

These cookies are "flourless and eggless because our local stores are out of these ingredients," says Emma Robinson, RD, dietitian at Abundant Nutrition Co. Also try these no-egg cookies from my own kitchen!

Pantry staples: rolled oatspeanut butterbrown sugar, hemp hearts, ground flaxseedvanilla extractbaking sodacinnamonsalt

 

53. Chocolate Coconut Cream Pudding

You only need a few pantry staples, including coconut milk, to whip up this recipe from Schlichter.

Pantry staples: canned coconut milk, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, cacao nibs

 

54. Crustless Pumpkin Pie

You'll want to dig into this pie recipe from Scott more than just once a year.

Pantry staples: canned pumpkinbrown sugargranulated sugar, canned evaporated milk, vanilla extractcinnamonnutmegground ginger, cloves, allspicesalt

 

55. Avocado Chocolate Brownies

This recipe from my kitchen whips up in no time!

Pantry staples: diced prunescoconut palm sugargluten-free baking flourunsweetened cocoa powderwalnutsbaking sodavanilla extract

 

56. Easy Chickpea Cookie Dough

Craving cookie dough? With this recipe from Kyla Kurczewski, RDN, NASM-CPT, author of Mastering the Art of Grocery Shopping, you can whip your own that's safe to eat, with canned chickpeas, coconut flour, and a few other ingredients.

Pantry staples: canned chickpeas, almond buttermaple syrup, soy milk, coconut flourpecans, collagen peptides, vanilla extract, cinnamonsea salt

 

57. Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

The beauty of these cookies from Knezic is that you only need whole-grain flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, and a few other ingredients.

Pantry staples: rolled oats, spelt flour, extra-virgin coconut oil, hemp seedsmaple syrupbaking powder, vanilla extractCeylon cinnamon, Himalayan sea salt

 

58. Dark Chocolate Almond Bark Thins

You only need a few pantry staples to create this recipe from Lorie Yarro, blogger at Lemons and Zest.

Pantry staples: dark chocolate chips, almonds, vanilla extractsea salt

 

59. No-Bake Mocha Brownies

Brownies with espresso powder? Yes, please! You'll love this dessert from Yarro.

Pantry staples: raw pecansmedjool datescocoa powderespresso powderdark chocolate chipsalmond milkcoconut oilmaple syrupvanilla extractsea salt

 

60. Gluten-Free Granola Bars

You'll need quick-cooking oats, sorghum flour, chocolate chips, and a few other ingredients to whip up these bars from Parker.

Pantry staples: quick-cooking oats, sorghum flourcoconut sugar ground flaxseedchocolate chipshoneycoconut oilvanilla extractcinnamon, salt

 

61. Nut-and-Seed Butter

Can't find your favorite jarred nut butter? Make your own! Judy Barbe, RD, author of Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBestgives instructions on how to make your own in this recipe. 

Pantry staples: almonds, cashew pieces, Brazil nuts, hazelnutssunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seedschia seedssalt

 

62. Healthy Energy Bars

Make a big batch and freeze the extras of this recipe from my kitchen!

Pantry staples: rolled oats, prunes, dry-roasted almondsalmond butterdark chocolate chipshemp hearts, kosher salt

 

Grab your quarantine food list to make these quarantine meals! There are lots of ideas for easy pantry recipes and make ahead freezer meals. #freezermeal #pantrymeal #quarantine #recipe #easyrecipe #dinner #lunch #breakfast #dessert #snackrecipe #frozen

 

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I'd love to hear from you! What easy freezer meals and pantry meals are you cooking up while you stay at home for the coronavirus quarantine? I'd love to hear about your easy healthy pantry meals and your stay at home meal ideas. Comment below, or tag @amydgorin on Instagram and Pinterest and @amygorin on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

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