As we all continue to do our part for the greater good and practice self-isolation in an effort to flatten the curve of human coronavirus, we’re also finding ourselves with quite a bit of extra time on our hands. So what better time than the present to test out all those recipes you have bookmarked? From homemade sourdough bread to pickled veggies and West African chicken wings and meatless “meatballs”, we’ve got a variety of recipes for all experience levels and dietary needs. Happy cooking!
No-Knead Olive Za’atar Bread
Now that we’ve all got a bit more time on our hands around the house these days, this fool-proof recipe is the perfect introduction to the world of homemade bread. Although it requires an allotted chunk of time to allow the dough to rise, you’ll soon be off to the races. We especially love the Middle Eastern flavour combo of za’atar with salty kalamata olives. Check out more trending spices to see if they’re worth the hype.
Vegan Lentil Burgers
Jam-packed with flavour, fibre and protein, these low-fat veggie burgers will convert even the biggest carnivores in your life. Although we love them grilled, given the current circumstances, they’re just as delicious pan-fried. Heat one tablespoon of grapeseed oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and fry until well browned. Bon appetit! For more balance, check out these (mostly) plant-based recipes where meat isn’t the star.
Homemade meatballs is a fun recipe you can tackle as a family. These uber savoury vegetarian versions are loaded with lentils, onions, garlic, tomato paste, soy sauce and nutritional yeast. Plus they are full of protein and fibre. Can I freeze this? Get the deets on how to freeze fruit, cheese, leftovers and more!
Grandma Mary’s Perogies with Potato-Cheese Filling
The very notion of making homemade perogies can be daunting, nevermind actually attempting them. Fear not! In the midst of self-isolation, this mouth-watering potato-and-cheese version is an absolute must-try for first-timers. You can’t go wrong with a “secret” ingredient from a Ukrainian-Canadian grandmother, amiright?
Raise your hand if you’ve ever made salmon cakes? If not, there’s no better time than the present with this simple recipe that your family will gobble up in no time. If you’ve got more time on your hands, you can even make your own DIY hand sanitizer for post-meal hand-washing.
Bobby Flay's Falafel
Get the kids involved in helping you prepare these moist, golden falafels that are served up with a trio of savoury sides. While indoors, you might also find it helpful to learn which foods you can still eat after their expiry dates.
West African Spicy Peanut Chicken Wings
The spicy, savoury flavours of this West African specialty is a mouth-watering crowd-pleaser. In the absence of a crowd, however, that just means more for you. Frying these chicken wings twice – first at a lower temperature and once again at a high one – creates a super-crispy skin. You’ll also be ahead of the curve: West African cuisine happens to be one of the top food trends for 2020.
Vegan Scallops with Spaghetti, Crispy Kale and Pomegranates
Who says vegans can’t enjoy a hearty “seafood”-inspired pasta dish? This gorgeous show-stopper will brighten your table and your mood. It’s so good, in fact, that it’ll even convert the staunchest meat-eaters in your home.