Simple Dinner Ideas While Eating Out Isn’t An Option

We are living history right now. The pandemic of 2020 will certainly not be forgotten — the trials, the re-centering of our daily lives, the healthcare heroes on the frontlines, the survivors and the casualties. And it’s not over yet.

While the magnitude of the situation is not lost on any of us, we are right there with you in discovering the necessity of moving forward each day and rebuilding normalcy, even in the simplest of tasks. 

One thing you may have also realized in your recent routine changes per the stay-at-home order is that people need to eat. People need to eat a lot. 

Three meals a day, every day, plus snacks (obviously) at home is quite an undertaking. Especially if you aren’t accustomed to cooking regularly, and even more so if you have multiple mouths to feed. An adjustment to say the least! The challenge of easy, healthy dinners just increased by about 24/7.

That said, we thought we’d share by doing what we do best: healthy food! You can even sign on with a cooked meal delivery service like ours to supplement the daily grind. 

Easy and Healthy Quarantine Meal Ideas

While heading over to Pinterest and searching “fast healthy dinners” or even “easy quarantine meals” will give you some great food for thought, we’re sharing our top five quick meals with you right here.

One Pan Dijon Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

Can it get much easier than one pan? A single pan to cook your entire meal not only speeds up cook time, but it also decreases clean up time! Double win. 

This lean dish promises dinner on the table in under 45 minutes. Note that a marinade time of at least an hour is advised, so a little bit of planning ahead is key! 

Balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard and a touch of maple syrup provides just the right amount of salty and sweet to your chicken entree, paired with a perfectly complementary veggie mix. 

It doesn’t get much more simple than chicken and vegetables, folks. Even kids will like this classic! You may have to make some deals to get the carrots and broccoli eaten, but all’s fair in love and quarantine.

Miso Salmon with Sautéed Kale and Brown Rice 

Enjoy this amazing healthy dinner with zero prep time and zero clean time. You heard that right! All you need to do is boil a pot of water and enjoy. 

We’d be remiss not to share at least one of our delicious, chef made, locally sourced meals that can arrive to you via our meal delivery service. 

Low in fat but high in taste, our salmon entree is served with sautéed kale and brown rice for a flavorful dish. 

Made by experts with fresh ingredients and your health and taste buds in mind, plus the zero effort required, you’re practically guaranteed to enjoy this healthy quarantine meal idea. And it’s just one of many prep made meals you can choose from!

One Pan Steak Fajitas

Steak plus fajitas plus minimal cook time equals happy eaters and happy chef. Especially when the shelter in place order has you craving some old restaurant favorites. 

Taco Tuesday and beyond, this simple dinner will also be a healthy favorite. Featuring your protein and veggies, serve in corn tortillas with avocado and salsa to cut out unnecessary fats!

Easy Skillet Sausage and Zucchini

Ok, so you get the idea on one sheet pan recipes. How about one skillet? The easy dinner hacks just keep coming. 

Another protein and veggies dish, we’re loving the flavors of skillet sausage and zucchini. Simply toss the ingredients together and serve your healthy dinner bowl style. 

The recipe shares that the dish can hold its own, or be served over rice or cauliflower — hey, we say even riced cauliflower.

Instant Pot Beef Stew

If you’re a part of the Instant Pot crew, then this hearty stew recipe is for you. During these unknown times, we love the idea of healthy comfort food. 

A classic meat and potatoes dish, you get the taste of a slow cooked stew in just an hour with this recipe! We also love that the recipe offers substitution ideas to make your meal keto friendly. 

Cooking for kids can be tough, but we’ve found that tucking the peas in with a bit of saucey stew can render positive results! Let us know if this trick works.


There you have it. Our current top five healthy, simple meals to dish out during quarantine. If you’d like to shop through more healthy quarantine meal options, head on over to our menu page!

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