Cooking with your quarantine stockpile

If you’ve been to a grocery store in the past 2 or so weeks, you’ve seen the empty shelves. Beans, pasta, flour, soup, eggs all gone. Now what are you going to do with all that food sitting on the shelves?

One handy place to find ideas is “Feed Your Vegetarian Teen 2nd Edition“. Lots of the recipes already use these sorts of ingredients. And of course, none of them use meat. You could use your time at home to learn about preparing easy meatless meals.

Here are some examples from the book:

  • Barley with Greens and Beans: uses barley, frozen spinach, canned tomatoes, canned beans, carrots, onions, garlic, herbs. Mushrooms are optional, and you can used canned or dried instead of fresh.
  • Black and Green Chili: canned black beans, canned green chilis, spices, canned tomato, onion. Fresh lime juice, assuming you bought limes (they keep for quite awhile in the refrigerator). The one thing that doesn’t keep long is cilantro. Nice but not critical (and some people hate it anyway).
  • Polenta Pizza Casserole: the shelf-stable chub packages are a great addition to your quarantine stockpile.
  • Basic Bean Burgers: If you’ve got vegetarian teenagers hanging around the house with not much to do, this might be a good opportunity for them to learn about making their own meatless burgers. This recipe uses canned beans, egg, grated Parmesan, herbs and Panko crumbs.

There are plenty of other recipes that would be useful, depending on which fresh vegetables and nuts you have around. If you need more inspiration, check out Pinterest and Instagram for ideas.

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