Dietitian Tips for Successful Meals

Pantry staples to make balanced and nutritious meals for your busy family!

posted on 3/8/2022 in BLOGS from St. Anthony

Nowadays it feels like lives are busier than ever and taking time to prepare and cook a homemade meal almost seems impossible. Having your pantry stocked with the right ingredients can make cooking a family dinner a breeze. Plus you can rest easy knowing your family is eating a balanced nutritious meal.

Keep your pantry stocked with these staples for quick and easy dishes.

  • Frozen or canned vegetables with no salt added (green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, and peas)
  • Whole grains: microwave brown rice or quinoa pouches, whole grain pasta, and whole wheat tortillas
  • Frozen fruit or canned fruit in its own juice
  • Whole wheat pizza dough
  • Frozen or canned poultry or seafood
  • Canned beans with no salt added

Here are some quick balanced meals you can whip up in minimal time.

  • Baked chicken with sautéed or steamed frozen vegetables and brown rice
  • Breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, frozen peppers and/or spinach and shredded cheese on a whole wheat tortilla
  • Quinoa bowl with black beans, any vegetables you have on hand (corn, carrots, steam broccoli, avocados, and or cherry tomatoes), and a sauce or dressing of your choice (salsa, hot sauce, or olive oil and lemon juice)

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Madison Hemer

Madison Hemer, Registered Dietitian 

St. Anthony Chronic Care Center