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Going stir crazy? Here are 6 Easy Recipes to Try in Quarantine to Help You Feel Better

recipes to try in quarantine

Wherever you are in the world, I hope that you are safe in your home. The current situation of quarantine because of COVID-19 is tough on most of us, but if we support each other and stay healthy, we will be able to survive the quarantine.

However, our perspective matters a lot, and if we think positively, this quarantine can also be an opportunity to spend more quality time with our families and learn new things. I like to cook, and I have used this time to try out numerous new and healthy recipes. In today's post, I am going to share some recipes to try in quarantine that are really delicious and are sure to make you feel better…along with a bonus muscle rub recipe in the end. So, keep reading to learn more.

6 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Try in Quarantine

#1. Portobello Mushrooms and Parmesan Casserole

If you are a vegetarian, this is an excellent recipe for you.

The portobello mushrooms have a delicious meaty flavor and texture, and they go great with parmesan cheese. Here are the instructions for making this delicious and healthy recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Portobello mushrooms (3 caps)
  • Crushed garlic (3 cloves)
  • Fresh basil (4 leaves)
  • Chopped parsley (2 tbsp)
  • Red pepper flakes (¼ tsp)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning
  • Diced tomatoes (1 28-ounce can)
  • Panko breadcrumbs (2 cups)
  • Parmesan cheese (1 cup)
  • Four eggs
  • All-purpose flour (1 cup)

Directions:

  1. Scrape out the mushrooms and cut them in half.
  2. Take a saucepan and heat some olive oil in it. Add the garlic and cook until it is translucent and fragrant; then add the tomatoes, pepper flakes, and basil and simmer until the raw tomato flavor is gone and a creamy sauce is formed.
  3. Process the entire mixture in a blender until it is smooth.
  4. In one bowl, beat the eggs and in another mix the panko crumbs, parsley, and parmesan cheese
  5. To fry the mushrooms, you should first dredge them in the flour, then dip them in the eggs, and lastly, coat them with the panko crumbs before putting in some preheated oil and frying until golden.
  6. Create a bed of the tomato sauce in a casserole, place the mushrooms on top and cover them with more sauce and some grated parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 20 to 25 minutes

#2. Moroccan Style Lamb Tagine

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Moroccan Style Lamb Tagine

If you want to try something new and exotic, then this Moroccan recipe is a good option. It is easy to make and is full of proteins. Here are the ingredients and instructions.

Ingredients

  • Frenched lamb shanks (6 pieces)
  • Chopped yellow onions (3 cups)
  • Thinly sliced garlic (3 cloves)
  • Freshly grated ginger (1 tbsp)
  • Chili powder, cumin, cardamom, ground turmeric and cinnamon (1 1/2 tsp each)
  • Diced tomatoes (1 28-ounce can)
  • Chicken stock (2 cups)
  • Diced Yukon gold Potatoes (1 round)
  • Lime (4 slices)
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning

Directions:

  1. Add some olive oil to a large skillet or preferably a Dutch oven.
  2. Let the oil heat up and then sear the lamb shanks on all sides until they have browned evenly on all sides; set them aside
  3. Add the onions, ginger, and garlic to the same pot. When the garlic and onions become fragrant and translucent, add the can of diced tomatoes and spices.
  4. Add some chicken stock, and return the seared lamb shanks to the pot.
  5. Bake in a 300 degrees F preheated oven for three hours, and serve while hot

#3. Roast Chicken with Lemon and Garlic

Roast chicken is a simple recipe that everybody makes, but you can make it super delicious and exciting with this easy recipe. Check it out to make your roast chicken even better.

Ingredients:

  • One roasting chicken (5-6 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • Fresh thyme
  • Garlic (3 heads, cut in half)
  • Lemons (4 pieces)
  • Melted butter (2 tbsp)
  • white wine (1 cup)
  • Chicken stock (1/2 cup)
  • Sliced bacon (1/2 pound)

Directions:

  1. Put the chicken on a roasting pan and season deliberately with salt and pepper
  2. Now, stuff the chicken with one lemon, thyme and two halves of garlic
  3. Brush the butter on the outside for the chicken and then add the remaining garlic heads and lemons to the pan.
  4. Roast the chicken for one hour in a 450 degrees F preheated oven.
  5. Used the rendered fat, with some chicken stock and wine to make a quick sauce for your roast chicken.

#4. Fettuccine Pasta with a Creamy Chicken Sauce

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Fettuccine Pasta with a Creamy Chicken Sauce

Pasta is always an easy recipe to make, however, instead of the traditional red sauce pasta, try something new with this creamy chicken pasta recipe. Keep reading for the detailed ingredients and directions. 

Ingredients

  • One chopped shallot
  • Thinly sliced celery (2 stalks)
  • Shredded carrots (2 medium-sized pieces)
  • Fresh thyme (1 tsp)
  • Heavy cream (1 1/2 cups)
  • Boneless and skinless chicken breasts cut into strips (1 1/4 pounds)
  • Grated Gruyere cheese (1 cup)
  • Grated parmesan cheese (¼ cup)

Directions:

  1. Add the vegetables in a large pan or skillet and cook them until they lose most of their water. 
  2. Add the heavy cream and cook until a thick sauce forms.
  3. Throw the chicken into the skillet, and let it cook thoroughly. 
  4. Add the Gruyere cheese and simmer until it melts. Don't forget to stir the sauce occasionally to avoid the cheese from sticking.
  5. Now add the cooked pasta into the pan and toss around until coated completely. You can also add some pasta water to control the consistency of the sauce. 
  6. Grate some parmesan before you serve. 

#5. Grilled Branzino Fish with Lime Zest and Garlic

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Grilled Branzino Fish with Lime Zest and Garlic

If you are feeling bored after eating the same foods and want to try something different than your regular meals, try making a seafood dinner. Moreover, fish have a useful dose of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for a healthy and complete diet. Check out the recipe below.

Ingredients:

For the marinade:

  • The Grated zest of 2 limes
  • Minced ginger (1 tsp)
  • Minced shallot (1 piece)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (1/4 cup)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the fish:

  • Limes (5 pieces)
  • Branzino fish (2 1-pound pieces)
  • Fresh basil (1/2 cup)
  • Ginger (8 thin slices)
  • Pepper and salt for seasoning according to taste

Directions:

  1. Start by marinating the fish, use the lemon zest, ginger, shallots, and olive oil to make the marinade.
  2. Season the fish with salt and freshly ground black pepper as well.
  3. After the fish has marinated for a while, stuff it with thin slices of lime, basil leaves, and some slices of ginger.
  4. Grill the fish 5-7 minutes on all sides until the skin becomes golden brown and crispy.

Cacciatore Chicken

Here is another chicken recipe with Italian roots. It incorporates some delicious chicken thigh prepared in a hunter style with onions and tomatoes and is usually served with pasta. Check the detailed recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken thighs (8 pieces)
  • Olive oil (1/4 cup)
  • Butter (2 tbsp)
  • Flour (1/2 cup)
  • Sliced red and green bell peppers (2 pieces each)
  • Onion (1 part)
  • Diced garlic (5 cloves)
  • White mushrooms (12 ounces)
  • ground thyme (1/2 tsp)
  • Turmeric (1/4 tsp)
  • Dry white wine (3/4 cup)
  • Diced tomatoes (1 28-ounce can)
  • Pasta (1 pound)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Season all sides of the chicken deliberately with salt and pepper and drench them in all-purpose flour.
  2. Melt the butter and olive oil in a large skillet.
  3. Get a nice sear on the chicken until the skin becomes crisp and brown; set the chicken aside
  4. Throw the vegetables into the same skillet and sauté them until they are soft, then add the can of diced tomatoes along with the spices.
  5. Add the seared chicken to the sauce and cook in a 350 degrees F preheated oven for one hour.
  6. Meanwhile, boil some pasta to serve with the chicken and sauce. Grate some parmesan cheese over the chicken when it comes out of the oven.

BONUS – Homemade Muscle Rub Recipe

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Coconut oil – Grated beeswax – Cayenne powder – Turmeric powder – Peppermint essential oil and lavender essential oil

Who said that all the methods have to be for dinner meals? Here is one fantastic muscle rub recipe that I tried, and believe me, the results are amazing. This homemade rub is excellent for your muscles, and when you pair it with some massage, it works like a wonder.

However, you won't be able to get a massage therapist doing the quarantine; therefore, try using a massage chair. You might be wondering, are massage chairs a good investment?

Well, they are worth it and have some benefits like helping you counter pain and stress, which makes them priceless for a person like me. Anyways, here is the recipe for the muscle rub.

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil (1/2 cup)
  • Grated beeswax (1/4 cup)
  • Cayenne powder (2 tsp)
  • Turmeric powder (2 tsp)
  • Peppermint essential oil and lavender essential oil (15 drops each)

Directions:

  1. Pour the coconut oil and the beeswax in a glass jar, and place the pot in a saucepan with about 2 inches of water.
  2. Heat the water over medium-low heat until the contents of the jar are melted completely, stir the oils to combine then, and then add the turmeric and cayenne powder.

Turmeric is a very effective anti-inflammatory and antiseptic substance, but it will cause some coloring on your skin.

Once the spices are combined, let the mixture cool down for a while and then add the essential oils.
Mix thoroughly and put in storage containers of your choice.

So, there was a list of some of the recipes I have tried in this quarantine, give them a try as well, and I hope that you find them as delicious and useful as I did.

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Anthony believes words have the power to influence people and disseminate knowledge artistically. Even though, he writes for no particular niche, his passion for blogging has driven him to take up writing in his leisure time to accompany his studies.

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