Hassle-Free & Healthy Meal Ideas – Part 1

As we move into fall, schedules change and life tends to get more hectic. Turn to these ideas to get healthy meals on the dinner table with ease and minimal stress.


  • Baked Potatoes | For a complete meal, try a baked potato stuffed with toppings of your choice. For example: shredded cheese, avocado, veggies, beans, or Greek yogurt. A fun way to start the day is with an “egg burrito” which is a baked potato stuffed with scrambled egg and cheese.
  • Refrigerator Stir-Fry | Create a delicious stir-fry with the refrigerator leftovers: peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower. Marinate a boneless, skinless chicken breast or use tofu. Serve with frozen or shelf stable brown rice, quinoa, or give frozen cauliflower rice a try. Might even have enough left over for lunch the next day!
  • Tuna sandwiches | When pressed for time, open up cans of tuna and make an assembly line of sandwiches for a fast heart-healthy dinner rich in omega-3’s. Serve them with a side of pickles and a salad of baby spinach, sliced red onions, and ripe tomatoes for a complete meal.
  • Turkey Burgers | To avoid being a short-order cook, grill frozen turkey patties and set up a make-your-own burger bar with a platter of whole-wheat buns and bowls of sliced tomatoes, avocados, eggs, cheese and sautéed peppers.
  • Quesadillas | Make this a quick weekly dinner staple. Use whole wheat flour tortillas and protein rich chicken, steak, cheese or eggs and as many chopped vegetables as you can find in the fridge or freezer. No food wasted.


Check back next week for 5 more hassle-free and healthy meal ideas!


Author: Michelle Hanson

Michelle Hanson, MA, RD, LD is Fresh & Natural Food’s Registered Dietitian. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics with a minor in Community Health from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is a registered dietitian and current member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Michelle has been a nutrition consultant for numerous years as well as a nutrition research director at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Michelle is passionate about food and nutrition and believes in helping people find simple, realistic ways to make healthy eating a part of their everyday lifestyle.
If you are interested in meeting Michelle or have questions for her, you can email her at: michelle@fnfoods.com. She will look forward to meeting you!