Quarantined and bored? Try new recipes from YouTube

Quarantine food – Meals you can make right now

Gordon Ramsay

The old adage that familiarity breeds contempt holds especially true in this time of quarantining.

For the foodie, that can mean what you eat. With restaurants closed, you’ve likely been doing a lot of cooking for yourself and by now you’re probably sick to death of it. The thought of consuming another meatloaf, roasted chicken or spaghetti dinner produced by your own hand makes you physically ill. This, of course, is no reflection on your actual skill in the kitchen.

So what to do?

YouTube has plenty of novel ideas for meals to make in this age of no eating out. So log on and check out some recipes that you can make today with what is in your pantry.

That’s certainly on Gordon Ramsay’s mind in his “Quick & Simple Recipes” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhDJNfV7hjk), in which the chef, restaurateur and TV personality shows how to make delicious dinners from such staples as pasta, chicken breast, flour, eggs, potatoes and cheese. His gnocchi looks incredible as well as easy and his mantra “simple is always the most impressive” certainly rings true here.

For those who like to employ their instant pots, “31+ Pandemic Recipes in the Instant Pot” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZq-_4_skSc) may have a few possibilities. Here, host Lisa Childs shows how to make cheap and easy meals using your emergency stores of frozen and nonperishable food. Her offerings range from standards such as oatmeal and mac and cheese to more offbeat fare like Hawaiian meatballs and lime cilantro rice. Chow down while shut down.

Sam the Cooking Guy wants you to eat more interestingly while sheltering in place in his multi-part “Quarantine (Lockdown) Munchies” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0GMUXSdYaI), in which he shows how to make quick and easy recipes that feature poultry, ground beef, pasta, eggs and more. Among the offerings are a chicken noodle wonton soup, chili mac and cheese, a chicken and ramen noodles stir fry, Mexican chips and dip and a fritata. Imaginative fare made from commonplace items.

For those trying to eat healthy, check out the Happy Pear’s “Whole Food Immune Boosting Stew” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AXpf3YiuIU), a Greek concoction they call a “Mediterranean minestrone” and is thought to have properties that promote longevity. Among the items you’ll need are carrots, broccoli, leeks, broccoli, vegetable stock and several kinds of beans. A meal high in anti-oxidants.

On the heartier side is the Quarantine Cookbook’s “Pandemic Pot Roast” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lubu0_cHJpg), a recipe made in the instant pot with chuck roast, various vegetables and spices, tomato paste, red wine and Worcestershire sauce. Rib-sticking food to serve while you’re stuck inside.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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