Running out of ideas of what to cook during coronavirus isolation? With one-third of the world under a mandated quarantine, you’re not alone. These healthy recipes include minimal fresh ingredients. Easily prepare healthy one-pot dishes designed to feed your family for more than one meal at a time.
One Dish Healthy Mexican Casserole
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
*Vegetarian or non-vegetarian option
- 1 TBSP OLIVE OIL
- 1 MEDIUM ONION
- 1 BELL PEPPER OR MIX 1/2 OF 2 VARIETIES (RED, GREEN OR YELLOW)
- 1 JALAPENO or HATCH CHILES *optional
- FROZEN CORN
- 1 14 OZ CAN BLACK BEANS
- 1 14 OZ CAN DICED TOMATOES -we like fire-roasted
- 4 CUPS BROWN RICE
- 1 1/2 CUPS SHREDDED CHEDDAR CHEESE
- 1/2 CUP SHREDDED MEXICAN BLEND CHEESE
- 1 TBSP CHILI POWDER
- 1 1/2 TSPS GROUND CUMIN
- 1/2 TSP SALT, 1/2 TSP PEPPER
- 1/4 TSP CAYENNE PEPPER
- CHICKEN, BEEF or PLANT-BASED PROTEIN *optional
- CILANTRO *optional
- LIME OR LIME JUICE *optional
- AVACODO *optional
- SOUR CREAM *optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cook the rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, dice the onion, peppers and jalapeno or chiles. Heat a large skillet to medium and add the olive oil. Saute the onion and pepper mix for about 4 minutes until they begin to turn translucent. Add the chicken breasts* (skip if vegetarian) lime juice* and spice mix. Cook the chicken thoroughly and remove from the pan. Add the beans, rice, tomatoes, corn and cheese to the pan. Shred the chicken and return to the mixture in the pan. Transfer the ingredients into a greased casserole or baking dish. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cheese begins to bubble. It can be finished under the broiler if needed to get the bubbly cheese effect.
Add toppings of your choice such as cilantro, avocado and sour cream.
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Pesto Tortellini Salad
We can get creative with this one as the only ingredients required are the tortellini and pesto. Other than that, what’s lurking in your fridge that can be added?
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
*Double to stretch out for several meals or for a large family
- 1 16 oz BAG OF FROZEN CHEESE TORTELLINI
- 4 or 5-OUNCE JAR OF PESTO SAUCE
Add tortellini and enough water to cover them to a saucepan. Cook on high heat. Let the pan come to a rolling boil until the pasta is cooked. Drain. PRO TIP: the tortellini will float to the top when they are done. Rinse and add to a large bowl. Add pesto to taste and stir.
Now for the fun part. Here are some things we’ve tried.
- OLIVES -KALAMATA, BLACK OR GREEN
- DICED RED ONION
- SHREDDED CHICKEN
- FRESH BASIL
- ADDITIONAL CHEESE SUCH AS FETA
Janie’s Soothing One-Pot Chicken Soup
Just like Grandma used to make, this soothing chicken soup is perfect for a time like this. They don’t call it ‘chicken soup for the soul’ without reason.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
- 1 LARGE ONION (YELLOW OR WHITE)
- 1 CUP DICED CELERY PRO TIP: Use the inside leaves for additional nutrients & flavor.
- 1 CUP DICED CARROTS
- 1 2-5 LB WHOLE CHICKEN
- CHICKEN OR BEEF BULLION OR BROTH
- EGG NOODLES
- 3 BAY LEAVES
- 1/2 TO 1 TSP GROUND CLOVES OR DILL
- SALT & PEPPER
- PARMESAN CHEESE *To add at the table, optional but highly recommended
Thoroughly wash the inside and outside of the chicken. Cover it in salt & pepper. Fill a large pot with water and place the chicken in the pot. Dice the celery, onion and carrots and add them to the pot. Add seasoning, bay leaves and bullion cubes. Heat on high until boiling. Reduce heat and let simmer for 2-3 hours. Remove the chicken and let cool enough so you can shred it. Re-add shredded chicken and egg noodles. Turn heat to high and boil again until the noodles are cooked through. Serve with crusty bread and parmesan cheese.
Mandarine Chicken Thighs
I don’t know about you but we’ve seen a shortage of white meat at stores as of late. Don’t let that turn you off from chicken. There is a lot you can do with the flavor of chicken thighs.
And just to be clear. You have two options here.
1. Buy premade mango sauce
2. Make your own
We won’t judge. We promise!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 4-6 CHICKEN THIGHS
- 1 MANGO
- 3 TBSP LIME JUICE
- 2 TBSP THAI FISH SAUCE
- 2 TBSP CANOLA OIL
- 1 TBSP LIGHT BROWN SUGAR
- 3 CLOVES GARLIC
- 2 TBSP SIRACHA
- SALT -to taste
Rinse the chicken thighs and pat down with a paper towel. Place them to the side. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend well. Put the thighs and marinade in an air-tight container or plastic bag. Let the items marinade in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
When you are ready to cook, fire up the barbie! Enjoy fresh air in a socially distanced well-ventilated space.
Grill the chicken until a bit crispy on the outside and a safe internal temperature of over 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Enjoy!
*Optional: Serve with Cilantro and we suggest it on top of your favorite rice.
Pro Tip: Double the recipe for multiple meals. They are delicious the next day cold.
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