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 due to the coronavirus. 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. Ready, set...I want to see all the delicious freezer and pantry meals that you cook up during your coronavirus quarantine!
Coronavirus Quarantine Breakfast Ideas
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.
Whip up a loaf with almond flour, applesauce, coconut oil, and spices with this recipe from Allison Walker, RD and Allyson Boan.
This recipe is a staple in my kitchen and perfect to whip up while in quarantine. It takes just minutes to make!
Freezer staples: frozen wild blueberries
What's better than blender pancakes? You'll need oats and peanut butter to make this recipe from Natalie Knezic, blogger at Natalie's Health.
You don't need maple syrup to enjoy French toast! This recipe from my kitchen has a special ingredient that comes from your freezer.
Freezer staples: unsweetened frozen cherries
The beauty of baked oatmeal is that it lasts for days! Give this recipe from Katie Scott, blogger at Chasing Vibrance, a try.
Freezer staples: frozen blueberries
Wondering what to make with almond meal and oats? Try this recipe from Lauren Seserko, blogger at Breathe Deeply and Smile.
Utilize frozen berries in this easy overnight recipe from my kitchen.
Freezer staples: frozen strawberries
Make your own granola with this recipe from Lorie Yarro, blogger at Lemons and Zest.
This breakfast from Seserko is peanut-buttery delicious. It's one of tastiest easy freezer meals!
The best part about these muffins from my kitchen is that they give you a little jolt of energy. Plus, they freeze well!
Coronavirus Quarantine Lunch & Dinner Main Ideas
This recipe from Liz Weiss, co-author of The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers, features 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
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.
This recipe from Lavy features buffalo sauce, tortillas, and spices. You can sub in frozen chicken breast for fresh.
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 & You. It's one of the easiest pantry meals to make while you stay at home.
16. Taco Chili
Have a few cans of beans, plus canned tomatoes? Then you can whip up this recipe from Allison Knott, RD.
Make this meal from Hayden James, MA, RDN, CDE, with quinoa, canned garbanzo beans, and a yellow tadka dal pouch.
This recipe from my kitchen is ready in just minutes! It's one of my go-to easy freezer meals.
Freezer staples: frozen cut okra
All you need to make this soup recipe from Holley Grainger, RD, is broth, frozen spinach, past, and frozen meatballs.
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.
If you have dried beans, olive oil, canned tomatoes, and a few other ingredients you can make this recipe from Rachael Hartley, RD.
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.
You'll need staples like quinoa, canned coconut milk, low-sodium vegetable broth, and black beans to cook up this meal from Hartley.
Freezer staples: frozen pineapple
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.
You'll need brown rice, frozen veggies, and frozen edamame to whip up this dish from Jamie Lee McIntyre, MS, RDN.
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.
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.
Freezer staples: frozen chopped spinach
Have lentils, bread crumbs, and canned tomatoes? You can make this recipe from Laura Yautz, RDN, owner of Being Nutritious in Pittsburgh.
Craving Asian noodles? This recpe from Yautz hits the spot with soba noodles, frozen veggies, and frozen edamame.
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.
You can use frozen mixed veggies in this recipe from Colleen Christensen, RD, nutrition blogger at No Food Rules.
Freezer staples: frozen mixed vegetables
Ingredients like canned tomatoes and vegetable stock make this dish from Maria Adams, MS, MPH, RDN, owner of Halsa Nutrition, easy to whip up.
This recipe from Rebecca Clyde, RD, features cream-of-chicken soup.
You'll need canned chickpeas, breadcrumbs, and Italian seasoning to make this recipe from Vespa.
Utilize out-of-the-box pantry staples such as cocoa powder and coffee in this recipe from Melissa Altman-Traub, MS, RDN.
If you have cashews, canned chickpeas, frozen veggies, and a few other ingredients you can make this soup from Jamie Vespa, RD.
Freezer staples: mixed frozen vegetables
This satisfying recipe from Maggie Farley, RD utilizes chicken broth and frozen veggies.
Freezer staples: frozen vegetable medley
Have chicken broth, peanut butter, canned tomatoes, and canned tomato past? Then you can whip up this recipe from Kara Lydon, RD.
Coronavirus Quarantine Lunch & Dinner Side Ideas
You don't need much more than frozen broccoli to roast up this side from Lizzie Streit, MS, RDN.
Freezer staples: frozen broccoli florets
This recipe from Shahzadi Devje, RD, utilizes frozen okra, as well as pantry staples such as olive oil and spices.
Freezer staples: frozen cut okra
If you have quinoa on hand, this salad from my kitchen is super easy to make.
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.
This recipe from my kitchen is so easy to make with frozen veggies.
Freezer staples: frozen Brussels sprouts
This recipe from Rinku Bhattacharya, author of Instant Indian, features frozen peas, almonds, and olives.
Freezer staples: frozen peas
Consider using frozen sweet potato fries when whipping up this recipe from Sara Haas, RD, co-author of Fertility Foods.
Coronavirus Quarantine Snack & Dessert Ideas
Homemade candy? Yes, please, thanks to this recipe from Yarro.
Whip up this recipe from Grainger with just applesauce and vanilla cake mix.
You only need a few ingredients to make this recipe from my kitchen.
If you have space in your freezer, you can put together this recipe from Kaila Proulx, blogger at Healthy Helper Blog.
This dessert from Sarah Schlichter, RD, hits the spot!
These cookies are "flourless and eggless because our local stores are out of these ingredients," says Emma Robinson, RD, dietitian at Abundant Nutrition Co.
You only need a few pantry staples, including coconut milk, to whip up this recipe from Schlichter.
You'll want to dig into this pie recipe from Scott more than just once a year.
This recipe from my kitchen whips up in no time!
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.
The beauty of these cookies from Knezic is that you only need whole-grain flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, and a few other ingredients.
You only need a few pantry staples to create this recipe from Lorie Yarro, blogger at Lemons and Zest.
Brownies with espresso powder? Yes, please! You'll love this dessert from Yarro.
You'll need quick-cooking oats, sorghum flour, chocolate chips, and a few other ingredients to whip up these bars from Parker.
Can't find your favorite jarred nut butter? Make your own! Judy Barbe, RD, author of Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest, gives instructions on how to make your own in this recipe.
Make a big batch and freeze the extras of this recipe from my kitchen!
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