Anyone else not sure wtf is going on lately? Cool, same. These Top 9 Quarantine Recipes are here to help.
If you're anything like me, you've been working from home, obsessively watching the news, and trying to clean every surface while simultaneously trying to not use all of your cleaning products.
One thing that's been helping me stay calm and enjoy the extra time with my family? Cooking.
That's why I've compiled a list of my favorite recipes that use minimal ingredients and/or rely on non-perishable pantry staples.
For the next few months, I'll be refocusing here on the blog, changing around the schedule to prioritize sharing recipes like these. Because I know I'm not the only one trying to make something magical out of... well, lot's of canned and frozen foods.
So let's dive in and do this together!
My Top 9 Quarantine Recipes
Make Ahead Items/Snacks:
This pesto might use fresh basil, but I'm here telling you to use whatever fresh greens you've got. I'm talking kale, arugula, chard, stinging nettles from your yard. In times like these, we learn to adapt.
My vegan pistachio pesto is #1 on my Top 9 Quarantine recipes because it's extremely adaptable. Don't have pistachios? Use any nut you have.
Once you've made your pesto, store it in ziplock baggies or ice cube trays and throw it in the freezer. Now you've got fresh greens to use for pasta, toast, or anything you enjoy pesto on.
The best thing about this recipe is how few ingredients it calls for. Olive oil, plantains, and seasoning.
If you don't have an air fryer, don't sweat it. You can deep fry them in oil or oven bake them. I recommend checking out another recipe for the full details on cooking them in the oven or deep fryer that but it's great to know you can make this tasty and healthy snack with so few ingredients.
So at this point in our 2020 COVID-19 crisis, I'm sure you've realized the importance of preserved/canned goods.
These Moroccan preserved lemons are no exception. They are a great and ridiculously easy way to get a good dose of Vitamin C and add a concentrated punch of flavor to whatever you use them in.
Plus, they keep basically forever in your fridge and only require 2 ingredients.
This Top 9 Quarantine Recipe list is meant to compile a little bit of everything, but would be nothing without a few solid entrees.
These Red Beans and Rice are great because they rely heavily on canned goods. Beans, tomatoes, and rice. Don't have the bell peppers, celery or fresh herbs? It will still be delicious without them.
Not ready to use your chicken and sausages all in one dish? Pick one or leave them out altogether. The protein from the beans in this dish can carry you through to the next meal on their own.
These days, we're relying heavily on one pot dishes.
Just because we have an unlimited amount of time in our kitchens, doesn't mean we want to spend it doing dishes, am I right?
This Empanada Rice has all the elements of a good comfort meal. Ground beef, canned olives, a can of tomatoes, cheese, rice. Can't go wrong.
What would this list be without a good pasta dish? We may be gluten free here at Salima's Kitchen, but we still love our pasta. Check out the post details to find out more about my favorite kind, or use whatever you've got at home.
As is the new norm now, feel free to leave out what you don't have and work with what you've got at home.
Baked Goods and Sweets:
For obvious reasons, this Top 9 Quarantine Recipes list needs sweets. I've been anxiety baking up a storm over here and these vegan gluten free blueberry muffins are a great way to put whatever frozen fruit you've got in your freezer to good use.
Just because we're stuck at home indefinitely, doesn't mean we can't enjoy fancy coffee drinks.
This homemade caramel sauce requires just sugar, cream and salt.
Plus, it elevates any sweet. Pour it over ice cream, in your lattes, or over those muffins we just talked about. No judgement here.
This last quarantine recipe is awesome because we enjoy it as a breakfast, snack or dessert. It uses nuts, oats, and brown butter to create the most delicious homemade granola.
Makes great parfaits, grab and go (or stay) snacks, and substitutes well for cereal in the morning topped with fresh or frozen fruit.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions about ingredients, substitutes or other cooking-related inquiries!
Happy and safe cooking my friends,