• A Wild Lass

Coronavirus Hobbies: Cooking

Everyone’s got different opinions about what to do while they’re all cooped up during the coronavirus pandemic. Should I learn a language? Work extra? Homeschool my kids so well they won’t want to go back?


Others are saying we should all take the time to relax and rest. We run too hard anyway. Look on the bright side and go on more walks in the sunshine or take an extra nap every day.


One of the ways we’ve seen a change is in the kitchen. I have a TON more time to cook these days, especially since my usual choice, “Let’s go to the library!” is no longer an option. Here are some of my favorite new recipes we’ve tried that I heartily endorse (and a bonus recipe I can’t wait to try.


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Breakfast


These maple-glazed gingerbread scones are to-die-for. They were easy to make, and while the flavor may seem more autumn-esque than springy, I guarantee if you like gingerbread, you won’t be disappointed.


Main Courses


Who knew a salad could have so many carbs? While cornbread salad doesn’t seem like the most healthy option, it is about the most delicious dinner you’ll ever eat. We use nitrate-free bacon here because of allergies, but you can use thick-cut or turkey bacon, or eliminate it entirely, to fit your family’s needs.


For a healthier main course, try this veggie-filled egg roll in a bowl. It’s keto friendly, and there are only a few ingredients.


Ethnic Options


We love Indian food in our family. Even the young lassies shout, “Yay! Indian for dinner!” when I tell them what’s on the menu. This lentil dish, or dal, is made with a tadka, a specific way of cooking the spices first. It’s easy and achieves a new level of flavor. We’ve made it several times and highly recommend it. Pair it with a chicken curry with veggies (or another protein dish) and basmati rice for a full dinner.


Dessert


No meal is complete without a sweet treat at the end. While you’re doing all those workout at home plans, you can have an extra one, right? These double chocolate peanut butter cookies from the Baking Chocolatess are absolutely sinful.


I used a full bag of peanut butter chips instead of 1 cup, and a whole cup of mini chocolate chips instead of 1/2 cup. Also I ran out of cocoa powder and was 1/4-1/2 cup short, but it didn’t seem to affect the texture at all. I am also out of vanilla, so didn’t put that in. I didn’t chill them. And my glaze was the melted peanut butter option she offers because I used all the peanut butter chips in the dough.


You Do You


No matter what you’re filling your extra time with, cooking more or organizing your pantry, during this exercise in social distancing, we hope you are able to rest and grow closer to those you love. Spread compassion, too, not just germs.


If you want more recipes we like, try the “In the Kitchen” section of our blog.


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