Time-Saving Convenience Foods for Fast Healthy Meals

Not all convenience foods are created equal. These nutritious options can be found at your local grocery store, and can help you put delicious meals on the table—fast.

Home-cooking doesn’t have to exclude convenience foods! These nutritious and convenient foods can help save you time when making meals at home.

Ready-to-eat salad greens

Keep ready-to-eat salad greens in your fridge as the base for a super-quick meal. Just top the greens with nuts or chickpeas, shredded or crumbled cheese, some sliced veggies, and a simple dressing. Serve your salad with a slice of whole grain bread and glass of milk for a an easy, balanced meal. Ready-to-eat greens like spinach and kale, are also handy for adding to smoothies, pastas, soups and stews.

Frozen berries

It’s a great idea to keep your freezer stocked with frozen berries all year round; they’re  both nutritious and delicious! Whirl them together in a blender with milk, yogurt, and a handful of greens for a quick, energizing smoothie.

Microwaveable rice

Rice is pretty easy to cook from scratch, but for those times when you’re in a real rush, having pre-cooked, shelf-stable rice in your cupboard can be a big help.  Serve rice alongside a delicious curry, or use it to make fried rice.  For a fun, interactive meal option, try serving a grain bowl buffet.

Pre-cut stir-fry vegetables

A simple stir-fry is one of the quickest meals to prepare, and pre-cut vegetables can really help save time when making your favourite stir-fry recipe. Don’t have a recipe? Check out this handy cheat sheet for cooking a perfect stir-fry.

Cottage-cheese containers

Individual servings of cottage cheese are really convenient to keep on hand for a protein-packed snack. Add some fruit and nuts for a sweet and nutritious snack, or dried seaweed and chopped green onions for a quick, savoury bite.

Canned salmon or tuna

A more budget-friendly option than fresh fish, canned salmon and tuna are perfect convenience foods to keep in your pantry. When you need a super-fast meal, add canned fish to a salad, make a tasty tuna sandwich, or throw together some healthy salmon burgers.


Muesli is a mixed cereal, usually made of rolled oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruits, making it a nutritious and convenient meal. Simply mix muesli with milk, and enjoy it either hot or cold.  Ready-mixed muesli is available in most grocery stores, or you can make your own when you have the time, and keep it on-hand in your pantry.

Frozen Edamame

You may be familiar with edamame (aka young soybeans) as a popular appetizer at Japanese restaurants, but did you know you can easily prepare edamame at home? Simply boil them in their pods for 5 minutes, drain, and sprinkle with salt for a tasty and satisfying snack. Look for edamame in the freezer aisle of your grocery store.

Interested in other ideas for cooking at home?

Check out the Better Together website – a hands-on approach to family, food and fun! This website is loaded with tools to encourage and support your family meals.

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