Cooking in Quarantine
One of the mixed blessings of the shelter in place orders has been that we are spending waaaay more time in the kitchen. Neither of us would claim to be master chefs, although we've certainly gotten much more experience in the last month! Even the kids are pitching in, which has been great (although when Jen's college-aged son used five eggs for his breakfast scramble, she had to have a discussion about resource scarcity).
We've been super lucky that we've been able to access groceries (HUGE shout out to all of those in the food chain), though sometimes it feels like an episode of chopped...what can we make with a can of green chiles, frozen chicken, and rice? Layer in a few food intolerances, and it can feel a little daunting on certain evenings. Thank goodness for the many resources online! Some of our go-to sites include Skinnytaste, Smitten Kitchen, Delish, Just Jessie B, and Cookie and Kate. And see below for some of our very favorites dishes. Click on the image to go to the recipe!
Berry Baked Oatmeal
This yummy recipe from Just Jessie B is such an easy family breakfast. Quarantine bonus - the dairy free version is all pantry and freezer ingredients!
Chicken &Wild Rice Soup
This super easy crock pot soup from Iowa Girl Eats can be doubled and eaten for days! FYI...I have to boil the broth to cook the rice in time...
Once the spaghetti squash is roasted, this Cooking Light recipe takes no time at all. You can even use frozen shrimp! Here's a link to our favorite.
Ina Garten's Spinach Pie
This recipe is so easy but makes you feel very accomplished when finished. It's packed with spinach, delicious left over, and all pantry and freezer ingredients!
Egg Roll Bowl
This recipe is so easy, and the kids love it! We use the carrot/cole slaw mix and chopped white onions from Trader Joe's to make it even easier!
Italian Sausage Fusilli
This recipe from Giada de Laurentiis is Jen's kids' favorite. Easy to pull together, packed with flavor, and requires you to open wine as part of the recipe.
Slow Cooker Picadillo
Another kid favorite from Skinnytaste! Erin uses capers instead of green olives (family vote) and serves it rice. So delicious, and makes great leftovers!