Lockdown has a lot of people feeling sad, anxious, and really bored. To stave off this boredom, people are looking for ways to make things more fun and interesting. One of the best ways to do so is by spicing things up in the kitchen.
Getting into the kitchen is a fun, creative way to relieve pent up stress. As a reward, you’ll get to eat a delicious work of culinary art at the end of it all.
What will your quarantine cuisine look like?
Here are the top 10 recipes to make during lockdown!
10 of the Best Recipes Around
Finding the perfect recipe for dinner — or breakfast and lunch — can be an irritating, hair-pulling experience. So many recipes call for unusual ingredients and convoluted cooking techniques.
Fortunately, there are plenty of easily made meals out there that’ll make your mouth water. The Food Network and Buzzfeed Tasty both have put together comprehensive lists of their most popular recipes.
We’ve taken the best from each.
These simple, easy, and delicious recipes will have you — and your tastebuds — falling in love.
- 1-Pan Garlic Chicken Pesto Pasta (detailed below)
- Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
- Tyler Florence’s Chicken Marsala
- Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa
- 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
- BBQ Chicken Rollups (or Pinwheels)
- Ina Garten’s Lemon Fusilli with Arugula
- Vampire Tacos
- Red Wine Spaghetti
- Ramen Carbonara
Lockdown meals just became much more interesting. These simple recipes will have you and your guests — when guests are allowed again — saying one word: “wow.”
What About Dessert?
There’s more to cooking than just savory and aromatic dinners, though. In fact, there’s one tempting treat that we’re forgetting. Dessert!
No meal is complete without dessert. It’ll warm your heart and satisfy your cravings, but choosing one that’s both simple and delicious is hard.
These easy-to-make luscious desserts will have you saying goodbye to anxiety and boredom and hello to carb-induced euphoria.
- Ree Drummond’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
- Crumble Lovers’ Sheet-Pan Apple Crumble
- Trisha Yearwood’s Easy Cheese Danish
Armed with these scrumptious recipes, you’ll be able to finish off any exquisite meal with a heavenly, home-cooked dessert.
Make Our Favorite!
One-Pan Garlic Chicken Pesto Pasta
This delicious one-pan garlic chicken pesto pasta has it all. It’s creamy, full of flavor, and will leave you satisfied afterward. This pasta will not disappoint.
Without further ado, let’s get cooking!
In order of appearance, you’ll need:
*Important Note: Most pesto products are made with nuts. If you prefer nut-free pesto, you can make your own or find a nut-free brand!
- Start by heating the canola oil in a pan over high heat. Combine the chicken, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook until the chicken is browned.
- Next, mix in the heavy cream, parmesan, and pesto. Stir until evenly combined.
- Then, bring it to a boil and cook until the sauce has reduced — it should take about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Toss in the pasta and cherry tomatoes. Stir until they’re evenly coated and remove the pan from heat.
- Serve your pasta with parmesan cheese and basil sprinkled on top.
- Dig in!
Your Quarantine Cuisine
Everyone is spending way more time at home these days. With all of this time indoors, we have more time to explore new hobbies and do the things we enjoy.
Cooking is a fun way to embrace your creativity in the kitchen! When you’re finished, you even have a tangible, tasty reward that you can share.