Since most of us are locked down or are in shelter-in-place measures, ordering food outside is sometimes limited. Looking at the bright side, maybe this is the best time for you to spend more hours in the kitchen. You would be surprised that preparing meals or dishes are simple.
But if you are like most of us (still new to this home cooking routine), then we gathered some of the easiest yet healthy meals you can prepare.
Dishes to prepare during a pandemic
Garlic Cuban Pork
You can make a yummy pulled pork that can be paired with beans and rice. The preparation can take 2 hours and 30 minutes. You need the following ingredients, garlic cloves, grated zest, lime juice, extra-virgin olive oil, light brown, sugar, oregano leaves, ground cumin, kosher salt, boneless pork shoulder, bay leaf, cilantro leaves, hot sauce, Tortillas, fresh tomato salsa.
Mac and Cheese with Veggies
You can make your mac and cheese healthier by adding roasted veggies. It’s also a good technique to teach your kids how to eat healthier options. There is no specific vegetable that you can add. Just toss whatever you have in your fridge like carrots and you are good to go.
You can do this easily! Ask your kids to cook with you and make it your bonding time with them. Just grab some canned tomatoes, carrots, garlic, dried oregano, tomato paste, dried basil, and dried spaghetti.
Chicken Taco Chili
Another easy dish to prepare is Chicken Taco Chili. The best part is that you can eat this whenever you want. All you need is tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, corn, and taco seasoning. It’s definitely a comfort food that we can all benefit from.
Your family must be craving for pizza. Instead of taking out, we encourage you to make your own. At least you can control how much toppings you can put into your pizza. The prep and cooking time will take about 3 hours or less. Yes, it can be time-consuming but it’s all worth it. Place all your favorite cheeses, toss some meat or chicken, or go all vegan. It’s really up to you.
Foods you need in your pantry this pandemic
Since we want you to limit your grocery visits, we listed down the essential foods that you need to buy.
- Canned fish
- Nut butter
- Beans and Legumes
- Brown rice
- Dried fruits
- Dark chocolate
We understand that you might be tempted to eat more junk foods right now. Perhaps, you are craving for fast food. However, this is the best time that you take care of your health. Apart from regular exercising and trying to improve your mental health, the right food can make a lot of difference.
Preparing your food means you know what ingredients go to your meal. With this, you can control and carefully choose only the best options.
We all hope that this pandemic will be over. Until then, please make sure that you are doing whatever you can to protect yourself and to stay healthy.