With most of us locked down during this tumultuous time, many have had to cook at home or order in. There’s only so much fast food one can consume, especially when there are young children at home.
So, if you’re scouring around for recipes to try out at home, here are a couple we think you might want to give a shot.
There are kid-friendly alternatives too if you want to keep it palatable for the little ones.
Quick and Easy Recipe for Breakfast
Bananas are packed with potassium, Vitamin B6 and C, Magnesium, and Fiber. Grab a bunch from the grocery store and you’re ready to whip out this delicious, irresistible low-calorie breakfast in just 10 minutes!
- 1 large banana, or two medium bananas
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1/4 tsp of baking powder
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 tsp oil
- A handful of roughly chopped-up pecans (or other types of nuts in your cabinet)
- 120g of raspberries, strawberries, or other fruits in your fridge
- Mash the bananas in a bowl until it resembles a puree
- Crack the beaten eggs into the bowl
- Add the baking powder
- Add the vanilla extract
- Stir and mix until the mixture is of mushy but runny consistency
- Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat
- Add the 1 tsp of oil, brush it over the top of the pan
- Spoon the batter into the pan and spread it to the thickness and size you want
- Cook each side for approximately 1 to 2 minutes each
- Top the pancakes with pecans, nuts, raspberries, and fruits
There you go! A delicious and healthy plate of breakfast is ready for your family!
Pasta Recipe for Lunch
The best thing about cooking pasta is that there are so many quick, easy, and versatile recipes to make it. Some recipes are so easy that you require just one pan to prepare a couple of days’ worth of lunches! But here’s one that is relatively easy if you have daily essentials like dried pasta, milk, butter, and dried herbs at hand.
Easy Oregano and Basil Chicken Breasts Pasta
- Chopped chicken breasts
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 tsp of pepper
- 1 tsp of dried oregano
- 1 tsp of dried basil
- 4 cloves of finely chopped garlic
- 1 cup of parmesan cheese
- 3 tbsp of flour
- 2 cups of milk
- Cooked pasta
- Melt 2 tbsp butter in the pan
- Add finely sliced chicken breast pieces into the pan
- Toss in and season the in-pan chicken breasts with 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/2 of pepper
- Top it with 1/2 basil and oregano
- Remove cooked chicken breasts from pan and set aside
- Using the same pan, melt another 2 tbsp of butter
- Stir in 4 cloves of finely chopped garlic
- Mix and stir in 3 tbsp of flour
- Add 2 cups of milk into the pan, stirring constantly
- Add 1/2 tsp of salt and pepper
- Add 1/2 tsp oregano and 1/2 tsp basil
- Stir in 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
- Cook until the sauce thickens with a runny consistency
- Prepare cooked and drained pasta of choice
- Add cooked chicken breasts and sauce over cooked pasta
- Top it with 1/2 cup parsley flakes and parmesan cheese
- Mix well and serve
Nutritious Recipe for Dinner
What you have for dinner depends on what you’ve had throughout the day. We’re going to assume you’ve had a full day at work or have been taking care of the kids. You’ll need something nutritious that can go with a possible nightcap, maybe?
If you’re dealing with time constraints because you’re also working from home during this lockdown, there's nothing better than using your crockpot or slow cooker now!
Crockpot Pot Roast
This recipe is insanely delicious and so easy to make your family won’t believe it when you tell them you simply tossed the following ingredients into the crockpot!
- 3.5 lbs or 1.6 kg of beef chuck
- 1 cup of beef/chicken/vegetable broth
- 2 tbsp of tomato paste
- 2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 lb or 1/2 kg of washed, scrubbed, and halved potatoes
- 3 peeled, cross-cut medium-sized carrots
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 chopped large onion
- 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
- Salt and Pepper for seasoning
- Season beef chuck with salt and pepper
- Whisk together broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and cornstarch at the bottom of the slow cooker
- Add chopped potatoes, carrots, garlic, onion, and rosemary into the sauce
- Place the seasoned beef chuck into the vegetables in the slow cooker
- Cover and cook on high for approximately 5 or 8 hours on low until roast easily pulls apart with a fork
- Skim fat from the juice
- Thinly slice the roast
- Serve sliced roast with vegetables on a plate and drizzle with sauce on top
Home-Cooking Tips to Remember
It’s always a time battle for those who have to tend to both work and family at the same time. It's way too easy to be overwhelmed and succumb to the lure of fast food and quick delivery services.
So, here are a couple of absolutely essential tips to remember when you’re hunkering down for delicious, nutritious home-cooked recipes.
- Use a shopping list - Whether you write it down on a notepad or use an app on your smartphone, it doesn’t matter. The idea is for it to work for you.
- Get only what you need, don’t wander around the grocery store. Include daily staples and food that can’t go wrong in your shopping list. For instance salt, sugar, flour, pasta, rice, oil, spices, sauces, and seasoning
- Save time whenever you can. Bulk prep your garlic, prepare essential mixtures, chop up extra vegetables and fruits while you’re at it, or cook extra during the weekend when there’s more time. Don’t worry, food stays safe to consume for days on end when stored correctly. In fact, consider freezing some of the food prepped ahead of time
- Using the slow cooker is a massive time saver and is not given the credit it is due. You can create awesome food without taking up too much of your time. Simply throw in sauce, meat, and vegetables in the morning and they’re ready by dinner
- Don’t mind the leftovers. Leftover food can be repurposed within the next few days. So, instead of grabbing that canned tuna for a casserole, how about adding deboned roast chicken to the pasta or sandwich?
- Freezing soups and sauces. If your family did not finish the soup you made during the weekend, freeze it. Your freezer is another time-saving tool you should consider making full use of when time is tight
- Get excited about cooking. Consider it a new hobby, an experiment, or an activity you can enjoy other members of your family (especially if your kids are old enough to help out or scout around for new recipes). With that said, be prepared for failures, because sometimes, takeout becomes inevitable. It’s just the way it is.
- Simplify recipes. One of the biggest turn-offs for new cooks is a big, fat failure. Instead of aiming for restaurant-grade meals, try something simple, achievable, and nutritious. Don’t try something notoriously difficult like Beef Wellington, Boeuf Bourguignon, Croissants, Pad Thai, or Lemon Meringue Pie. They’re Debbie Downers for beginner cooks
Make Cooking at Home Fun and Positive
Some are self-proclaimed hopeless home cooks because of previous experiences but in the current situation we are in, maybe it is time to step into the zone again.
As long as you have the right mindset, are ready to try again (and again...and again), are eager about making something yummy and nutritious for your family, and use time-saving tips, you’re raring to rock your kitchen.
Another reminder? Forget about being Jamie Oliver, Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsay, or Nigella Lawson. Even Oprah fumbles around in the kitchen during the lockdown trying to make carbonara, if that’s a comfort to you.
Watch her upload on Instagram below and have a chuckle.
Remember to think positive, have fun, meditate, relax and remain as calm as possible when things get tough. It’s going to be OK and we’re right here with you all the way.
And who knows? This could be the trigger that could improve your family’s diet and eating habits from here on forth!
So, stay safe and wash your hands because you're dealing with food.
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