10 Quick, Easy Meals to Make at Home During Quarantine

Key Takeaways

  • It's possible to make healthy and delicious food right at home.
  • Try preparing meals in advance and storing them in the freezer for future use.
  • When you don't have all the right ingredients on hand, simple swaps are available.

A lot of us are cooking way more than usual during our time at home because of COVID-19. For some, this can be a way to get creative, perfect kitchen skills, and try new recipes. But you're not alone if you are tired of constantly coming up with ideas for meals—especially if you're cooking for your family, too.

We've rounded up a list of 10 easy and delicious Verywell Fit recipes to help fight your cooking fatigue. These are simple but healthy meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacking. They can even be made ahead, stored, and savored for your week to come.

Don't have an ingredient on hand? No problem. These recipes all come with suggested swaps for ingredients you might have on hand. Relieve some of that mealtime pressure while keeping your tastebuds happy.


Coconut Mango Overnight Chia Oats

Coconut Mango Overnight Chia Oats

 Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN

Oats are a classic, healthy choice for breakfast (or really, for any meal of the day). You can experiment with all types of flavors to really make it your own.

With Coconut Mango Overnight Chia Oats, you'll get a super nutrient boost from the chia seeds, which will help to keep you full and focused throughout your day. Plus, you assemble this recipe the night before and let the refrigerator do the work—no need to cook the oats!


Blueberry Crunch Yogurt Bowl

Blueberry Pumpkin Yogurt Bowl
Leyla Shamayeva, MS, RD

More time indoors doesn't make us any less busy. But you may find yourself bored by plain yogurt in the morning. Try this easy fix: Blueberry Crunch Yogurt Bowl.

All you need are blueberries, pumpkin seeds, Greek yogurt, and you're set. Or, make your own version with whatever type of fruit (fresh or frozen) and seeds, nuts, or granola you have on-hand. Toss into your favorite yogurt and enjoy!


Greek Yogurt Blender Pancakes

Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN, LD

These Greek Yogurt Blender Pancakes are a surprising alternative to traditional pancakes and packed with way more nutrients. Simply combine oats, whole wheat flour, and Greek yogurt for a boost of protein and fiber.

Pancakes are always a great go-to for mealtime. Get creative with your toppings and have the whole family personalize their plates.


Tomato and Broccoli Broiled Top Breakfast Frittata

broccoli and goat cheese frittata
Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, CDE

Frittatas are a picture-perfect breakfast, and they're not difficult to make. Try this Tomato and Broccoli Broiled Top Breakfast Frittata to treat yourself to a brunch at home. If you don't have broccoli or tomatoes, swap them out! You can use whatever fresh or frozen veggies you have on hand.


Anti-Inflammatory Curried Tuna Salad Avocado Boats

Curried Tuna Salad Avocado Boat
Stephanie Clarke, MS, RD & Willow Jarosh, MS, RD

Tuna is a classic go-to for an impromptu meal, but you're not alone if you're getting tired of making it the same old way. These Anti-inflammatory Curried Tuna Salad Avocado Boats are full of antioxidants from the curry powder, and conveniently, they're served in their own little avocado bowls.


Loaded Mediterranean Salad With Cauliflower Tabbouleh

loaded mediterranean salad

Molly Cleary

This Loaded Mediterranean Salad is packed with veggies and heart-healthy fats. Try making a big bowl to serve throughout your week as a full meal, as a side dish, or stuffed inside of a whole wheat wrap. Feta cheese gives this dish that classic Mediterranean flair, but you can exclude it to make this recipe vegan.


Spinach Turkey Meatballs With Vegetable Orzo

spinach and turkey meatballs with vegetable orzo

Molly Cleary

Meatballs are a really quick and delicious meal solution. These Spinach Turkey Meatballs use ground turkey, which is a nice and lean alternative to using red meat. Using whole wheat orzo gives this a meal a boost of whole grains, while the bell peppers provide plenty of vitamin C.


Marinated Black Eyed Peas

marinated black-eyed peas

Kristy Del Coro, MS, RDN, CDN 

Marinated Black Eyed Peas are the perfect dish to make in a large quantity so you'll have them on-hand throughout the week. Black-eyed peas are marinated in a savory mixture of dill, parsley, scallions, red wine vinegar, and topped with feta cheese. You can eat these as-is, put over rice or another grain, or add to a salad.


Healthy Greek Gyro

Fried chicken meat with vegetables in pita bread
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What's great about this Healthy Greek Gyro is that there are really no rules. Get creative with your own version by throwing whatever meats and veggies you have in a pita and you're good to go.

Our version has a hearty sliced turkey meatloaf at the base and a tangy tzatziki to top it off. Get your kids involved with a "stuff your own pita" night.


Spinach and Pesto Salmon

Pesto salmon fillet and salad

Image by Sherry Galey / Getty Images

Spinach and Pesto Salmon is a low-maintenance, healthy dish to class up your dinnertime. Can't get fresh salmon? Frozen works, too. Enjoy this savory meal that only takes a handful of ingredients to make. Plus, it's a great meal to reheat for leftovers the next night.

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