With many of us looking like we will be spending more time at home in the coming weeks, we thought it would be a good idea to give you some quick, easy, and most importantly, healthy recipes to make with the family. With so much doom and gloom in the news, it’s also important to switch it off every now and then and focus on something else that’s fun and engaging. Cooking is the perfect family activity to distract the mind while you are stuck in the house together!
Shoppers have been buying perishables such as bread, fruit, vegetables, and fresh milk in great quantities since the news of the pandemic broke. If you can’t get fresh bread at the store, why not make your own? You can even make fresh bread that’s tastier than most shop-bought varieties with only a few simple ingredients! This simple bread recipe is the perfect starting point if you are an amateur baker.
1 packet of dry active yeast (1/4 oz.), 2 ¼ cups warm water, 3 tbsp. + ½ tsp. sugar, 1 tbsp. salt, 2 tbsp. canola oil, about 6 ½ cups bread flour.
Chickpeas are a good source of plant-based protein, iron, and fiber. Both protein and iron are essential for maintaining a strong immune system. What’s more, chickpeas are perfect for storing for long periods of time as they usually come either dried or canned–perfect if you need to stay away from the stores for an extended period.
1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 onion, 2 celery sticks, 2 tsp. cumin, 1-pint vegetable or chicken broth, 1 can plum tomatoes, 1 clove garlic–minced, a pinch of black pepper, 1 can chickpeas or 1 lb. prepared dried chickpeas, 100 g frozen or canned butter beans, zest and juice of ½ a lemon, large handful of parsley, fresh homemade bread to serve.
If the name of this recipe doesn’t get your mouth watering, maybe we can convince you with some facts about how healthy honey and peanuts are. Honey is a great alternative to sugar, and if you can get your hands on raw honey, it also has some antibiotic properties. Peanuts are great sources of high-quality protein which makes it perfect for keeping the immune system strong. But, even if they weren’t, this recipe would still be a winner! It’s great for children and uses mostly non-perishable or long-lasting goods.
½ cup Crisco, 1 cup of your favorite peanut butter, 1 cup honey (raw is best), 2 large eggs–beaten, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 ½ tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. baking powder, ½ tsp. salt.
There are plenty of exciting recipes to choose from if you need to stay at home due to the ongoing pandemic, so why not get started on making them while you have the time? Choosing non-perishable items or long-lasting items at the store is a good way of ensuring you have a reliable source of quality food, reducing your need to make repeated trips to the store. Of course, you should also make sure you are eating a good amount of fresh produce as well. Make sure you head down to NetCost Market to stock up on the items you need for the weeks ahead.