As someone who likes to look at the positive side as much as I can, I’ve of course been seeking silver linings in this global pandemic. I mentioned in my free Pivot ebook with suggestions for in person-based service businesses that one of them has been that people are more focused on showing love to small businesses. I think that another one is that we are becoming more connected to our food by cooking at home. It’s been a while since I’ve shared recipes on here, so I’m well overdue! Here are some of my favorite quarantine recipes, and I’d love if you commented and shared some of yours!
First, I have to mention the weird photo I chose for the blog cover (although it’s not quite so bad as a collage as it was when I initially thought that I would just share the selfie!)… My food pictures for this are hideous! So, I decided to take a kitchen selfie. That’s not what I look like when I cook – my hair’s usually pulled back in a messy bun!
Ok, because (as usual) I want to avoid being this person:
I’ll get straight to the recipes!
The first several, I’ll simply link to, as they were sent to me primarily by my friend Danielle!
The first one, I actually screwed up (long story), but I want to keep here for future to try again. It’s Maple-Glazed Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, and my suggestion would be not to use a ton of “steak seasoning” that has lots of salt in it, or you’ll have the saltiest chicken ever (ok, I guess the story wasn’t that long)!
The instant pot coconut tandoori chicken has been awesome, and I just finished the leftovers yesterday! I actually ended up kinda putting the last bit of it between two slices of bread and cheese in a sort of tuna melt-esque situation that was really tasty!
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This Pork Tenderloin recipe was sooooo tasty, and I even ended up making asparagus the same way a couple days later because Tommy liked it so much!
One of MY favorites (and I must admit, I am a cheesehead) was this Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole (can you tell I am from Wisconsin – CASSEROLE! 😂)
Here’s my ugly pictures:
Tommy saw a video of it on facebook, so we went with it!
In my defense, I think part of the issue is that I let them cool and took them the next day, as opposed to them being fresh out of the oven, because it was on the darker side outside, and I wanted to wait and take the pictures in the sun!
We did make a couple of changes to the recipe, which (if you’ve followed my recipes before) is probably not a surprise!
We swapped sour cream for Greek yogurt (yay for more protein!), doubled the meat, and used cauliflower instead of noodles, because we love to sneak in vegetables when we can!
Since we doubled the meat (and used two heads of cauliflower) it was pretty filling and there was a lot (hence an entire pan to take a picture of the next day), so it lasted quite a while!
And finally, I used a recipe I found on Achievement‘s blog for Banana Oat Bread, and added chocolate chips (which you can likely see) and this was Tommy’s “birthday cake” instead of cake. It was so good!
Made that one bigger, because it’s a little more attractive! 😜
Edit (5/24/20): I made “Cottage Pie” (which I learned from comments is different than Shepherd’s Pie, because of different spices and it being ground beef versus lamb in Shepherd’s Pie), which was again delicious, but not cute. The changes I made to this recipe were to use the whole packages of cream cheese and corn, and I skipped the chicken broth and just didn’t drain the ground beef. I already had mashed potatoes, so I mixed some with the cauliflower. It was so easy and so tasty!
Here’s a Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie I had saved on facebook to make! For this one, again from the comments, I cooked the bottom by itself for seven minutes before adding the apples and cooking the rest. I also doubled the amount of cornstarch and drained the extra liquid from the apples. We actually ate it the day after I made it, so we heated it in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes, then put the frosting on the next day!
I guess I can only make pretty desserts! 😜
Well, those are my favorite quarantine recipes so far! What are some of yours? Please share them in the comment below, or send them to me!
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