COVID-19 Cooking: 30 Healthy Meal Ideas for Your Home
Dietitian approved healthy meals for your family during the pandemic
One of the few positive things that may come from the COVID-19 pandemic is that families are actually home cooking together more. I’m crossing my fingers as a Dietitian that social distancing is forcing more families to be eating around the dinner table. But the next question is what type of meals could you make?
If you are looking for some healthy meal ideas on what to make while you and your family are working and schooling from home, this list could help. Here are some ideas to try and make with the kids:
Breakfast Ideas for the COVID-19 Pandemic
4. Egg-wich: Whole wheat English muffin (keep in the freezer and pull out as needed) with cheese, fresh tomato (or jarred roasted red peppers) and back bacon/bacon/ham (optional).
5. Oatmeal with frozen berries and milk (and if you run out of milk stir in canned evaporated milk, powdered milk or top with yogurt).
9. Breakfast bento box: dried cereal, dried fruit, nuts/seeds and a latte, London fog, chai tea latte or hot cocoa made with milk or dairy-free milk .
10. Learn to make perfect poached eggs, a killer omelette or a soufflé with your kids by watching a video on YouTube. Serve with toast and fresh/frozen/canned fruit or tomato and avocado slices.
Lunch Ideas for the COVID-19 Pandemic
15. Tonight when you are cooking supper roast a fresh butternut squash (or instead use frozen cubed butternut squash) so that it is ready for lunch tomorrow to make this soup in a flash: . Serve with hard cooked eggs or cottage cheese and crackers.
16. Grilled cheese with raw veggies. Of course you could get fancy and make gourmet grilled cheese with brie cheese and fig jam, blue cheese and sliced apple or pear or prosciutto and swiss cheese and the list goes on!
19. Pizza bagels: whole grain bagels, tomato sauce, grated mozzarella. Optional – toss in any of your favorite extra toppings such as green/red peppers, sundried tomatoes, olives, jarred roasted red peppers, canned artichokes, ham, back bacon, leftover grilled/roast chicken, canned pineapple and more!
Supper Ideas for the COVID-19 Pandemic
21. Learn how to make a chef worthy homemade mac and cheese with your kids by watching a video on YouTube and having fun in the kitchen. Serve with raw veggies, a salad or frozen veggies.
24. This recipe for Mango Shrimp Skewers sounds gourmet but it is really simple and since you can use frozen shrimp and frozen mango for this recipe it works great when your fresh food inventory may be dwindling. Serve with any veggies you have and rice, quinoa, barley, orzo or pesto pasta as a side.
26. While you are homeschooling, teach your kids how to make some of the staples they may want to make when they move out. Try this recipe for that you can serve with rice, whole grain buns or on top of baked potatoes.
28. Enjoy this recipe for Breaded Cajun style fish and if you have family members that don’t like spicy foods you can swap out the Cajun spice with Italian seasoning instead. Serve with rice and any fresh or frozen veggies you have on hand.
Do you have another healthy meal idea for the COVID-19 pandemic that should be on the list? Link to a favorite recipe or share a family meal planning idea that works for you in the comments below.
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