All during quarantine we have been making meals that have pantry staples and some items we have in the fridge. We’ve had to get creative at times and it’s honestly been fun. I’m the first to admit that I’m not making up a bunch of new recipes or trying crazy new dishes, but we are making the most of what we have on hand minus a few grocery pick ups here and there for fresh produce. No contact necessary! So this one will look a little different but maybe it can give you some fun ideas and inspiration to make some new things or turn the mundane into extraordinary with what you have on hand.
Chicago Dogs: I used what we had on hand so they aren’t true Chicago dogs but they were pretty darn close. I buttered our buns and put poppyseeds on, added a grilled hot dog (nice and charred, my favorite way), dill pickle rounds, cherry tomatoes, relish, yellow onion, mustard, and J added jalapenos to his. These were a hit! Just made some fries to go with and all done!
Veggie Quesadilla: I got my inspiration from Ali at gimmesomeoven (linked here). I act like I know her. I’ve been using her recipes for YEARS and feel like I do know her. Anyway, we did shaved brussel sprouts, frozen corn, pinto beans, yellow onion and red bell pepper. I sauteed all of this for approx. 10 minutes in garlic, salt, pepper, chili lime, oregano, and cumin. SO GOOD. We added guacamole, sour cream, a little squeeze of fresh lime and cholula to the top.
Next day, we made it into breakfast tacos. I added eggs with chili lime and garlic to the top with a little cheese. And HOLY MOLY. Staple in our home now. When we can get our hands on some brussel sprouts again at least. I need a garden. Stat.
Grilled Chicken: If all else fails. Just marinate a bunch of chicken and grill it. You’ve got meals for days. We did fajitas, nachos, tacos, sandwiches….possibilities are endless.
Avocado Toast: Sure, it may be a millenial thing but my parents love it too. We dress it up all kinds of ways. This week we did toast, mashed avocado, hard boiled eggs, red onion, feta, s+p, and cholula. We put cholula on everything I guess.
Breakfast: Breakfast for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s good anytime of the day. I made waffles (mine are GF), scrambled eggs, and hashbrowns. These are hashbrowns from TJ’s and are so good and so easy. A nice treat every once in a while. Also added clementines and some PB to bubs waffle along with yogurt.
Taco Soup: You guys know this. We make it all the time and freeze big batches of it. It’s a staple for sure. The recipe is in basically every other meal week. It’s all pantry staples and is such an easy go-to for us. Plus bubs loves it. Linked here.
Grilled Burgers: We grilled burgers tonight and made them simple. I put garlic powder and onion salt on top with a dollop of butter. Then added mustard, mayo, ketchup, red onion, pickles (pickles on the side for me), and some cheese. Just a normal burger. With fries and green beans.
Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake: Ya’ll. This one. This is a good one. I got my inspiration from this recipe. It is a very good recipe, but I did make some slight changes.
- I added extra cinnamon. There just isn’t quite enough for a cinnamon cake IMO. I added an extra 2 teaspoons.
- I used whole milk plain yogurt. The recipe calls for non-fat, but no thanks. We had whole milk on hand and it worked beautifully.
- I made my own applesauce. No added sugars this way. Just cooked down apple with some cinnamon and then blended.
- I did not use all the maple syrup it calls for. I did a little less and it was plenty sweet.
- I did not use Mac apples and it worked great. I just used the pink lady apples we had on hand.
Here’s the recipe with my slight changes:
- 2 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup whole milk plain yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 2 apples thinly sliced
- 5 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, solid
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
Again, I got inspo from the daisy beet blog. I don’t want to take away from her blog. Give it a visit. Her recipes look amazing and I will be trying some others soon!
I hope everyone is doing well throughout this quarantine. It’s not easy, but it’s not the worst thing we could be doing either. We love having J at home working and really wouldn’t mind it staying this way a bit. He works but we actually get to see him for lunch and quickly after he is done for the day. No annoying drive time. As I make more things I will share. I will admit it’s not always exciting meals, but it’s fun to try out new ways of the same things we eat often.