Must-try food recipes during the lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic caught us off-guard and locked us within the spaces of our homes. No one could have ever imagined working from home for such a long period. One one end, COVID-19 has racked-havoc in our lives, forcing us to adapt to the ‘New Normal’ way of living. On the other hand, it has also brought out the creative side of people. The lockdown has witnessed numerous Chefs, cooks, bloggers, and all sorts of artists.

Cooking is a stress-buster for many people and helps them unwind after a tiring day at work. The pandemic has created major stress-related issues for various people which are affecting their physical and mental health. While awaiting a vaccine for coronavirus and staying at home during the lockdown, why not try your hand at some of the must-try food recipes. These mouthwatering recipes will not only distract you from the monotonous routine at home but may also arouse your interest in cooking different dishes. So, don’t wonder what to cook next and surprise your family with these easy food recipes during the lockdown.

Here are 4 must-try simple food recipes to cook during the lockdown.

Pizza At Home

Ordering a pizza through a restaurant delivery app is a good idea when you don’t feel like cooking. But why take the risk of ordering out during COVID-19, when you can bake a pizza yourself at home. Follow these easy steps to make a homemade pizza with your choice of toppings.

Preheat oven and a baking sheet to 240C/fan 220C.

Step 1 – Mix bread flour, salt, and instant yeast in a large bowl. Quickly pour some warm water and olive oil and knead it to a rough dough.

Step 2 – Preheat the oven to 240C/fan 220C after placing a baking sheet.

Step 3 – Place the dough on a surface and knead for 5 mins to make it smooth and springy.

Step 4 – Roll out or stretch the dough with your hands a little to about 25cm across and place it a floured baking sheet.

Step 5 – Spread a tomato sauce for pizza and add the toppings you love with loads of cheese. Place the floured sheet in the oven and bake for 8-10 mins until the pizza is crisp.

Banana Pancakes for Breakfast

Who doesn’t love pancakes for breakfast? Surprise your family with a banana pancakes breakfast with this simple recipe.

Ingredients Required:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp flour

Step 1 – Mash the banana in a bowl, add it to the flour, and mix well. Ensure that there are no lumps remaining.

Step 2 – Whisk the egg in a separate bowl, and add to the banana flour mixture. Your pancake batter is ready.

Step 3 – Heat a non-stick pan on medium flame, and add a little butter. Spread a small amount of pancake batter on the pan and gently flip it after a minute. 

Step 4 – Cook the other side for about a minute and serve hot pancakes topped with maple syrup or honey.

Chocolate Chip Cookies for Dessert

The kids are going to love you for trying this recipe, while you secretly bake these cookies to satisfy your sweet tooth. These perfect baked chocolate chip cookies recipe can be turned into a dessert or snacks to munch on.

Ingredients Required:

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g rye flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 whole egg and 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g small chocolate chunks

Step 1 – Melt the butter in a saucepan and allow it to cool. Mix the sugars in the butter and add egg, 2 yolks, vanilla extract. Beat the mixture properly.

Step 2 – Mix the plain flour, rye flour, salt, bicarb soda, and baking soda in a bowl and add the mixture in Step 1 to this bowl.

Step3 – Knead the mixture in a dough. Fold the chocolate chunks in the dough and chill for at least 3 hours or more until the dough is firm.

Step 4 – Heat the oven to 180-degree celsius. Separate the dough in small pieces and roll them into a ball. Place the balls on a parchment paper with a little space between each ball to allow the cookies to spread while baking.

Step 5 – Let the cookies bake for 10 minutes, remove from the oven, slam the sheet against your work surface, and place them back in the oven. Repeat the process again after 3 minutes and place them back in the oven. Bake for another 3 minutes or more depending upon how firm you want your cookies to be.

Step 6 – Allow them to cool down for 10 minutes before removing from the oven and then cool them completely before consuming.

A Burrito Bowl For Dinner

An absolute favorite of many people, Burrito is essentially a Mexican dish that either comes in a wrap or a bowl. A Burrito bowl contains a mix of rice, beans, different leafy vegetables, and a few sauces. 

Make your own healthy Burrito Bowl for dinner with some leftover rice (or freshly-cooked rice). Add beans, boiled corn, baby spinach, carrots, onions, tomatoes, or any of your favorite vegetables. Top it off with sour cream, olive oil, salsa sauce, salt, and pepper, and you are good to go.

The benefit of the recipe is that there are no restrictions or specific measurements. So, if you savor a lot of sour-cream, go for it. You can experiment with different sauces, olives, jalapenos, and any kind of vegetables you like to make the recipe fun and healthy at the same time.