03.16.20

Quarantine Meal Ideas (Round-Up)

As you may have seen on my Instagram stories yesterday, my family is officially in quarantine for 1 week. I received a message yesterday from a guest that attended my LA book signing event let me know that they tested positive for COVID-19. While it’s already been 1 week since the event and I am exhibiting no symptoms– I did come into direct contact with this person, so for the safety of others in my community my family and I will be quarantined until it has been 14 days since our contact– so we have 7 days ahead of us without leaving our apartment for anything or being in contact with anyone– unless there is an emergency. 

*for the record, I spoke to my doctor and the CDC COVID-19 hotline after finding out this information. I was told I do not meet the requirements to get lab tested for COVID-19. In Texas (and in many states from my understanding) individuals must meet 2 requirements to receive testing: 1. known contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and 2. Symptoms of COVID-19 (difficultly breathing is respiratory issues and a fever). If you were at the LA event, please contact your doctor and let them know that you were at an event with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. 

With that being said, this may be all of our reality pretty soon. Rumors are circling that there may, in fact, be a mandatory quarantine period for all US citizens. This could just be rumors, who really knows for certain. Regardless, a lot of us are already practicing “social distancing” and staying away from crowds as much as possible. This includes the grocery store. 

Yesterday, I shared this post: A Well Stocked Pantry, where I shared some ideas of things you may want to have on hand in the case we are, in fact, quarantined. I wanted to follow up with some recipe inspiration. This is just inspiration. Please do not gather the ingredients for all of these recipes or else you’ll be stocked for months– which is unnecessary and excessive.  Also– use ingredients intuitively! The lovely thing about savory cooking is that it is very forgiving. You don’t have a certain spice or ingredient? It’ll probably still be just fine without it. Get creative and think about flavors (or comment below and ask me my advice, I am happy to help).

This is a time to get creative using what you have in your possession. And I hope these recipes merely serve as inspiration during this time. 

 

 

SOUPS + STEWS

Whole30 Gumbo Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Tikka Masala Lentils

Instant Pot Lamb Stew.  Dont have lamb? Use any beef or stew meat

5-Ingredient Green Chile Stew

Split Pea Soup with Ham *Don’t have ham? Use bacon or omit the protein

Curried Chili  *don’t have chickpeas? Any canned legume will work here.

Dairy-Free Creamy Chicken + Wild Rice Soup

Whole30 Zuppa Toscana

Paleo Egg Drop Soup

Black Eyed Pea Soup

Creamy Tortilla-Less Soup

Whole30 Potato Leek Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

 

 

CROCKPOT, INSTANTPOT, and SLOW COOKED RECIPES

The Best Whole30 Pot Roast

Salsa Verde Shredded Beef 

Instant Pot Whole30 BBQ Pulled Pork *I make my own sauce here, but you can use store-bought!

Instant Pot Flank Steak Taco Meat *you can put this meat over salads, in tacos, or even make enchiladas!

Instant-Pot Texas-Style Brisket Tacos

Apple Cider Vinegar Pulled Pork

Crockpot Chicken Taco Bowls *lose the sauteed bell peppers here (unless you have them) and you likely have most of the ingredients

Crockpot Mexican Picadillo

Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala

 

 

PASTA RECIPES

One-Pot Yummy Pasta

One-Pot Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff

One-Pot Hamburger Helper

One-Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta

One-Pot Taco Pasta

One-Pot Cacio e Pepe Isreali Couscous

One-Pot Mac and Cheese

Whole30 Epic Baked Meatballs *served with pasta

Pasta Pomodoro 

Perfect Whole30 Italian Meatballs

 

 

 

OTHER DINNERS/RECIPES:

Crunchy Baked Turkey Tacos

Juicy Indoor Burgers with Burger Sauce

Greek Style Green Beans *you can use frozen or canned here

Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Skillet

Sour Cream and Green Chile Chicken Enchilada

Buffalo Burger with Buffalo Mayo

Jalapeno Chicken Burgers

Grilled Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa *here I make my own salsa, you can use jarred!

Spicy Chicken Tikka Tacos

Chicken Street Tacos

The Best Taco Meat

Whole30 Shrimp Étouffée *you likely don’t have all the veggies to saute, but the spices+sauce alone are so comforting and delicious and a great way to use frozen shrimp!

Easy Chicken Tostadas with Quick Pickled Onions

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Coconut Curry Shrimp and Broccoli

Red Curry Shrimp Lettuce Cups

Martha’s Mexican Rice

Greek Lamb Meatballs

Whole Roasted Greek Chicken and Potatoes

 

 

WHAT TO DO WITH CANNED FISH

Whole30 Tuna Cakes with Smoke Paprika Aioli

Stuffed Pepper Tuna Melt *put it on top of a piece of toast instead!

Curried Tuna Salad

Whole30 Salmon Croquettes 

Easy Salmon and Dill Salad

Linguine with Clams *just used canned clams here, not fresh

 

RANDOM THINGS

Clayton’s Margarita

Pan con Tomate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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