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Quarantine Cooking – 40 Pantry and Freezer Based Recipes from Registered Dietitians

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Quarantine cooking? I’ve got you covered. Check out these delicious recipe ideas from fellow dietitians that rely mainly on pantry items, frozen foods, and other long-lasting staples. 

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Quarantine cooking. It has become a reality for much of the world. For the millions of people currently practicing social distancing or even sheltering in place, having a smartly stocked kitchen has become more important. Rather than popping by the grocery store a few times a week to pick up fresh produce and meat, we are stocking up when we can and relying heavily on pantry staples to get us through.

Long-Lasting Kitchen Staples

Fortunately, there are many delicious recipes that you can make using primarily pantry items, frozen foods, and other longer-lasting staples such as onions, root vegetables, winter squash, kale, cheese, and eggs.

To make sure this post has something for everyone, I reached out to my colleagues for recommendations on their go-to pantry and freezer meals. Check them out below. Happy cooking and be well!

Quarantine Cooking Recipes

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Beans & Lentils

How to Make Gallo Pinto (Black Beans and Rice) by Judy at Live Best

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice (with or without sausage) by Whitney at Sweet Cayenne

One Pan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas by Chelsea at Chelsea Dishes

Ensalada de Garbanzo by Sarah at Salubrious RD

Warm Red Garbanzos by Kristine at Veg Girl RD

Quick and Easy Chickpea Salad Sandwiches by Chelsea at Chelsea Dishes

Easy Chickpea and Lentil Curry by Lauren at Lauren Sharifi Nutrition (pictured above)

Grains

Creamy Posole Casserole by Kristine at Veg Girl RD

Kitchen Clean Out Healthy Stir-Fry by Jamie at Jamie Lee RDN

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Winter Squash

Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls by Lizzie at It’s a Veg World After All (pictured above)

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry by Sarah at Salubrious RD

Freekeh Stuffed Acorn Squash (you could use any grain and any squash) by Maria at Hälsa Nutrition

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Soups

Instant Pot French Onion Soup by Laurel at Laurel Ann Nutrition

Instant Pot Chicken Soup (Salsa Verde) by Maggie at Meals with Maggie

Nepali Kwati (Sprouted 9 Bean Soup) by Dixya at Food, Pleasure and Health (pictured above)

How to Make Homemade Vegetable Broth by Megan at the Oregon Dietitian

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili by Megan at The Oregon Dietitian

Simple Lentil Soup by Maria Hälsa Nutrition

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Eggs

Shakshuka for One by Laurel at Laurel Ann Nutrition (pictured above)

Masala Egg Oatmeal Breakfast Bake by Shaza at Desi~liciousRD

Kale and Garlic Scape Frittata (use onions instead of garlic scapes) by Maria at Hälsa Nutrition

Veggie Sides

Roasted Frozen Broccoli – 5 Ways by Lizzie at It’s a Veg World After All

Baked Potato Bar (side or main!) by Maria at Hälsa Nutrition

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Seafood (frozen or canned)

Frozen Coconut Shrimp Curry by Shaza at Desi~licious RD (pictured above)

Puttanesca Sauce by Judy at Live Best

Simple Salmon Cakes by Diane at The Wandering RD

Corny Salmon Cakes by Liz at Liz’s Healthy Table

Quick and Easy Salmon Fritters by Alyssa at Alyssa Lavy Nutrition

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Meat (store in the freezer)

The Easiest Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice by Colleen at Colleen Christensen Nutrition (pictured above)

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls (can also make without the chicken) by Diane at The Wandering RD

Turkey and Poblano Enchiladas by Whitney at Sweet Cayenne

Instant Pot Chickpea Chicken Curry by Maggie at Meals with Maggie

Easiest Broccoli Chicken Stir-Fry by Colleen at Colleen Christensen Nutrition

Easy Italian Beef Sandwiches (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot) by Whitney at Sweet Cayenne

Snacks

Mini Morning Glory Muffins by Maria at Hälsa Nutrition

No-Bake Healthy Energy Bars with Prunes by Amy at Amy Gorin Nutrition

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls by Amy at Amy Gorin Nutrition

Almond Protein Bites by Allison at Prep Dish

Simple Homemade Hummus by Maria at Hälsa Nutrition

Wild Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie by Amy at Amy Gorin Nutrition

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