Looking up new recipes is always a fun way to expand your culinary talents. Cooking in general lets you show off your creativity in the kitchen by experimenting with different flavors and putting your own spin on classic dishes. If you are looking for new recipes to try while under quarantine, check out these meals to cook for yourself or the entire family.
1. Sweet berry crepes
Starting with the most important meal of the day, try out these delicious crepes. If you know how to make homemade pancakes, crepes are thankfully not that far off. To make them, you will need eggs, flour, milk, salt, sugar, and vanilla. Combining your crepes with the sweetness of mascarpone cream, strawberries and raspberries will definitely get your day started off the right way. Extra points for folding your crepes for presentation.
2. Bourbon vanilla french toast
Sticking with the breakfast recipes, try out this one for bourbon vanilla french toast from Broma Bakery. This breakfast recipe is not just reserved for the weekends, and can definitely make you look forward to each morning no matter what day it is. The golden color of the french toast is certainly worth waking up for. As the name implies, vanilla is the main ingredient for this recipe so feel free to use as much as you want. The batter consists of milk, eggs, and flour. The trick is to use less flour to create less of a liquid consistency. Once you dip your slices of bread and cook them thoroughly, you will have the perfect breakfast served with your choice of syrup or berries.
3. Lavender iced coffee
What better way to have breakfast than with a cup of coffee by your side. With warmer weather on the way, you might start getting back into iced coffee. If you never stopped drinking iced coffee, more power to you then. For iced coffee recipes, you can brew a pot of hot coffee and let it cool down later or make your own cold brew. Once you have your glass of iced coffee, you can flavor it with lavender for a subtle sweetness that is perfect for a spring morning. To add lavender flavor, you can make the syrup using culinary lavender that is safe to eat combined with sugar and water. Even though you might not be able to sit at a coffee shop for a while, trying out different iced coffee recipes at home can be a nice alternative.
4. Grilled mozzarella sandwich
Missing the restaurant quality of the classic grilled cheese. The best part is that you can easily recreate your favorite sandwiches using simple recipes that have short prep time. This grilled mozzarella sandwich is great to serve for your lunch break at home. This recipe calls for sourdough bread but you can choose whatever bread that suits your taste. Within your sandwich, you will need basil leaves, red peppers, garlic, tomato, pesto and of course mozzarella cheese. Once your sandwich is formed, drizzle some olive oil on a pan and grill to perfection. The melted mozzarella will be a sure sign of success.
5. Chicken pasta salad
For a healthy lunch, try out this chicken pasta salad. Of course, the chicken is only one of the ingredients so feel free to take it out to make this salad vegetarian. For the other ingredients, you will need rotini pasta (or any kind of pasta), avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and basil. Once you have your pasta cooked, combine the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and your salad will be ready! Sprinkle in some salt and pepper to taste and mix everything together. Recipes like these are easy to make and still taste amazing.
6. Burrito bowls
Speaking of recipes that are easy to make, burrito bowls also fall into this category which is good if you are missing going to Chipotle. You can make your own bowls using the same ingredients that you would usually get if you don’t feel like getting takeout. You can start with rice as a base and take it from there. You don’t even have to pay extra for guac. The best part about these types of recipes is that they are completely customizable. You can really let your imagination go wild when creating your own burrito bowl.
7. Mexican street corn soup
For the days where there’s still a chill in the air, you can always make a bowl of soup to warm yourself up. Recipes like this Mexican street corn soup put a spicy and flavorful twist on the traditional soups. The chicken or vegetable broth will serve as your base where you will include cilantro, garlic, corn, jalapeno, lime, and onion. Once your soup is ready, sprinkle in your favorite type of cheese. Mexican street con is already an iconic dish and this soup brings in all the flavors in a bowl.
8. Lemon garlic shrimp and noodles
Once it comes time to prep for dinner, you can still make a dish that is still restaurant-quality. Lemon garlic shrimp served with noodles will definitely make you feel a little bit less like you are in quarantine. For the noodles, you can go with your favorite type of pasta or zucchini noodles which you can prepare ahead of time. Once your noodles are cooked and ready, the zesty lemon flavor of the shrimp will definitely be the perfect compliment. Get ready to dim the lights and pour your favorite drink to go with this dish.
9. Cinnamon rolls
Once you are ready for dessert, you can never go wrong with a warm cinnamon roll. You can always prepare them from the tube, but there’s something rewarding about making your cinnamon rolls from scratch. To do so, you will need flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, and eggs for the dough. You can’t forget about the icing which you can make with cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Your mouth will be sure to start watering as your cinnamon rolls bake in the oven.
10. Chocolate waffles
This is one of those recipes that you can make for either dessert or breakfast. Chocolate lovers will rejoice at these chocolate waffles. You will need your typical ingredients for batter like flour, milk, and sugar and also cocoa powder to give your waffles the chocolate flavor. Enjoy as they are or a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make the perfect treat.