5 Great Stay-at-Home Meal Ideas for the Family
Stuck at home but craving something delicious? Whether you’re quarantined or isolating, these five recipes will help you satisfy that hunger from the comfort of your own home.
Eggs, breakfast meat, cheese, and toast can be combined in an endless number of ways. Eggs don’t last forever, so why not start your quarantine with a series of simple yet fulfilling breakfasts?
The key to good breakfast food is a hot pan and plenty of attention. Meat cooks a bit longer than eggs do, so always throw the bacon in the pan first. Melt cheese on top of eggs, ham slices, or any other part of the meal that makes sense. If you want everyone’s toast to be warm at the same time, try putting it in the oven.
Canned tuna is affordable, convenient, and long-lasting. Although there are plenty of tuna recipes to keep this meat interesting, a sandwich is a great way to do Tuna justice.
To make this recipe, you’ll need a batch of your favorite tuna salad. The standard recipe calls for mayo, salt, pepper, and a dash of lemon juice, pickle juice, hot sauce, or your flavor of choice. Go light on the mayo since you’ll be heating it up.
Other ingredients for a tuna melt include sliced bread, sliced cheese, and butter or margarine. You can add tomatoes or onions if you’re in the mood but avoid cold greens like lettuce or spinach. Assemble in any order you please; don’t let it get too high, or it won’t hold together in the pan.
Make your melt in a greased frying pan. Get the pan nice and hot before you throw the sandwich down. Once it’s on the heat, watch your melt carefully, and flip it multiple times if needed. You’ll know it’s done when the cheese is melted, and the bread is golden brown.
Slow Cooked Vegetable Soup
Make this recipe when the fresh produce you bought is just about to go bad. You’ll need chicken broth, an onion, and assorted vegetables like carrots, green beans, canned tomatoes, or anything else you have in the pantry. If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can use a regular soup pot, but you’ll need to keep a closer eye on the final product.
Start by sautéing the diced onion with butter in the bottom of your soup pan. Once the onion has started to brown, add chicken broth, and bring it to a boil. Add your chopped vegetables and reduce the soup to a simmer. Cook at low heat until the vegetables are soft, adding more water as needed. The longer you cook this soup, the better it will taste.
Self-Serve Soft Tacos
Taco night is a popular choice for a reason. Tortillas last in the fridge for a long time. Meanwhile, most of the other ingredients are frozen or canned. You’ll need tortillas or taco shells, chicken or ground beef, canned beans, cheese, sour cream, and hot sauce.
Taco meat is a matter of personal preference. Use your skills and spice cabinet to make a delicious base for your dish. About 40 minutes before the meat will be done, put a can of beans on the stove to simmer in water or broth. Serve the meal by setting out condiments and inviting everyone to serve themselves.
Heartwarming Potato and Carrot Oven Bake
What could be better than a dish that you can leave in the oven unattended? This recipe calls for chopped potatoes and carrots, an onion, chicken broth, butter, salt, and pepper. Both chicken and steak can easily be added to the dish.
Start by boiling your potatoes and carrots in chicken broth until they’re somewhat soft. Drain the water and spread the vegetables in a casserole dish. Melt butter in a separate pan, and use it to brown your onions. Pour over the vegetables and add salt and pepper to taste. Bake for around 40 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden.
Cooking from home is all about combining your ingredients in new and appetizing ways. Try to find three or four recipes that you like and learn to cook them incredibly well. Your family will appreciate the time and effort you put in.