I feel like “quarantine is about the become the new most hated buzz word… We can add it to the list with self care, girl boss, and spirit animal. But nonetheless, it’s an appropriate title to share use when sharing our dinners and lunches these past few weeks.

I’ve always cooked. I’ve always baked. That said, I’m definitely doing it MORE now that we’re under a stay home order. We still door dash and get take out, but we’ve been cooking a bunch and I figured I’d share some of the successful recipes with you.

These are all pretty dang simple. I’m not a complex chef. I’m a human with limited time and skill 😬

I keep a fairly stocked house so I’ll also let you know what “extra” ingredients I needed.

Eggroll in a Bowl. I only had to snag two things from the grocery store: coleslaw mix & sausage. I changed two things… I finely chopped the garlic (vs mincing it) and I did 1/4 c soy sauce and 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce. Also, I added a dash of sesame oil toward the end.

Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Chicken. I bought chicken- I had everything else. The recipe I found online isn’t the same as what I did so here it is:

  • 4 lrg chicken breasts
  • 1/2 c peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
  • 1/4 c soy sauce
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/4 c rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 c chicken broth
  • 3 lrg garlic cloves (I used garlic powder b/c I ran out of cloves)
  • 1 T crushed red pepper (optional– I skipped this)
  • 1 T lime juice.

Put your chicken in the crock pot, mix those other ingredients and for over the meat, cook on low for 4 hours, serve over rice or greens (for a salad). We did rice. SO good!

Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta. This is one of our FAVORITES. I bought chicken, peppers, and fajita seasoning from the store. Minor changes: I use all the fajita seasoning in the packet because yolo. Lol. Usually we use penne but this time we used linguine. I think it just depends on how starchy you want it.

We’ve also had pancakes (this kind), egg scrambles with mushrooms, peppers, spinach, etc. left over from dinner prep, stuffed peppers (I don’t go off a recipe), and sandwiches & salads.

I also made these Chocolate Chip Cookies and they were GREAT. The recipe came from the back of a Ghirardelli Grand Chips bag. I don’t even know how that ended up in my cupboard. I changed one thing (soften butter vs their suggested melted & cooled butter).

  • 2 c flour
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3/4 c unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/3 c granulated sugar
  • 2/3 c brown sugar
  • 1 large egg & 1 egg yolk
  • 1 & 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 11 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375º. In medium bowl combin flour, baking soda, & salt. In mixing bowl beat butter and both sugars on medium for 2 minutes. Add egg & yolk & vanilla until well combined. Then add dry ingredients in thirds until just combined. Fold in chocolate. Drop scoops of dough on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes until edges just brown. Let sit on sheet a minute or 2 and transfer to wire rack.

What have you been cooking during isolation? I have a ton of printed Pinterest recipes from ambitious meal prepping that I haven’t made. I want to tackle them and file them into win or fail during this time!

17 thoughts on “Quarantine Eats

  1. I am so tired of cooking three meals a day every single day lol. And the dishes make it even worse! I always cooked dinners at home 5 nights a week and packed lunches 4-5 days…but this is a new level. And the dishes. NEVER ENDING! I love peanut butter chicken. That recipe is different than mine, I am going to try it out!

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    1. So tired of dishes. And bottles. And how do we have so much laundry when we’re not going anywhere?!

      We do cereal or bagels for breakfast usually. Sometimes eggs or pancakes. Lunch is usually leftovers, sandwiches, or salad. Dinner is the major cooking event.

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  2. Yum, yum, yum! I should not have read this right now, because I’m starving! The egg roll in a bowl sounds fantastic and I’m going to save this post so I can make it.
    I was starting to run out of ideas, so I put an ask out on Facebook and Instagram asking what our friends were making and got tons of ideas!

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  3. My cooking hasn’t been much different to normal. We went into lockdown a month ago and at the beginning I made a lot of soup because it was still cold. I also made cottage pie. We’ve also had Spaghetti Bolognese, chickpea, potato and spinach curry, fish, chips and peas (all from the freezer – so technically not really “cooking”), enchiladas, salmon with salad. All of those are things I make anyway. The only “new” thing I did was experiment with making chicken noodle soup. It was nice and I’ll make it again but it’s too warm for soup now. I only cook in the evening. Jan has cereal for breakfast and I have toast then we both have toast or sandwiches for lunch or occasionally I heat up a tinned soup.

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    1. P.s. According to the Swiss authorities were are in “precautionary self-isolation”. People who have been in contact with someone who tested positive are put in “quarantine” and not allowed to leave their house at all for anything for 14 days, longer if they start to show symptoms – someone else has to bring them groceries and leave them on the doorstep. We’re voluntarily self-isolating so we’re still allowed to go to the supermarket or for a walk.

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    2. Yummy yummy yummy! Your dinners sound so good! We do something similar for breakfast and lunch. Admittedly, we’ve been getting takeout a few times a week, too. I think we’ll end up cooking at home all week this week, though!

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  4. HI there! I popped over from Bev’s blog to say, please do join in with my Post isolation fantasy questions- I’d love to see your responses!! Let me know if you do it and I’ll come and have a read!
    Your dinners all sound amazing! Yummy!!! I am intrigued by Peanut Butter chicken.
    I made Anna Jones’ ‘Full of greens fritters’ on Friday which are utterly delicious- the recipe serves 4 so we had the rest tonight (and actually, I left two of mine for breakfast tomorrow)-was good we had all the ingredients and I used Swiss Chard from the garden in place of Spinach!
    I don’t like baking but my husband made delicious strawberry butterfly cakes for his sister’s birthday on Thursday which were super yummy!

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    1. Thank you! I decided to do it and I posted it today!
      The peanut butter chicken was sooooo good! It doesn’t do well as a leftover, though. It gets a bit dry.
      It sounds like between you & your husband you have a very yummy kitchen!

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