Quarantine will go down in history as the period in time when home dwellers constantly wondered ‘whatthefuckshouldimakefordinner?’
Slowly growing tired of mac n cheese and frozen food, your taste buds are crying out for help.
So on the weekends, when you’re free from work and have no excuses other than laziness, you need to get off that couch! Pack the must-have equipment for your kitchen, take a quick vacation to the kitchen and treat yourself to the flavors of the world with these quick and easy recipes.
Apart from being delicious and fulfilling, these meals are perfect for showing off your travels around the world through the dishes on your social media feed.
1. Poutine – Canada
Give it up for the perfect all-rounder of a dish, starring your favorite vegetable – the potato! It’s the ultimate meal of fries and gravy that you can devour as a snack, a complete meal, or a side dish.
In a small bowl, mix 3 tbsp cornstarch with 2 tbsp water and set it aside.
In a large saucepan, melt 6 tbsp butter on simmer.
Add 1/4th cup flour and stir regularly for about 5 minutes, till the mixture turns golden brown
Add 20 oz beef/chicken/vegetable broth and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Mix in half of the cornstarch mixture and cook on simmer for a minute.
Slowly add the remaining mix depending on how thick you want your gravy.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Peel and cut 3 – 4 medium potatoes.
Fry them at 300° F.
Take out when they’re golden brown and crisp.
Place your fries on a dish.
Pour gravy and season with cheddar / mozzarella cheese.
Sing O Canada! while you relish.
2. Salmorejo – Spain
This one’s perfect and super simple to make on a hot day or when you need to refresh your senses.
In a pan, boil water with a pinch of salt.
Take 8 medium tomatoes (serves four) and make a cross-cut at the bottom of each tomato.
Boil them for a minute and immediately place in ice-cold water. Take the skin off.
Blend tomatoes in a blender until it breaks down (tomatoes, not your blender).
Add pieces of bread and let it soak in the tomato juice.
Add a splash of sherry or red wine vinegar, salt as per taste and a clove of garlic, and blend until the texture is smooth.
Add a cup of extra virgin olive oil slowly while blending.
Add a boiled egg and blend.
Add slices of ham or salami or your favorite veggie if you like.
As they would say in Spain, Buen Provecho!
3. Shakshouka – Iran
This dish is so flexible you’d think it does yoga. Fulfilling and soul-satisfying, you can make this your breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or all of the above!
Heat oil and shallow fry one large chopped onion, 2 garlic cloves, 2 bell peppers, other veggies or sliced meat, till they’re golden brown.
Add cumin powder, coriander powder and paprika or chilli flakes as per taste.
Once tender, add 6 chopped tomatoes and tomato puree or tomato sauce to the mix.
Keep it covered on low heat for 15 minutes.
Once the gravy thickens, make some wells with the back of your spoon in the chunky gravy. These wells will hold your eggs in place.
Pour your eggs into the wells and cover the pan on low heat till the egg whites settle and the yolks are your preferred consistency.
You can add mint or parsley to garnish.
Nooshe jân (May it nourish your soul)
4. Adobo – Phillipines
This quick and easy recipe is best for when you’re lazy but you also want to stuff your mouth with a delicious meal.
Heat 2 tbsps of oil in a skillet on medium-high heat.
Cook chicken pieces/vegetables until golden brown on both sides. Then keep it aside.
Stir in 1 large sliced onion and 2 tbsps minced garlic and cook until they soften.
Pour in 1/3rd cup white vinegar with 2/3rd cup soy sauce and 1 tbsp garlic powder, some black pepper to taste, and 1 bay leaf.
Add the cooked chicken/veggies and increase the heat, bringing to a boil.
Reduce heat and cook on simmer until the chicken/veggies are done.
5. Avocado Milk Shake – Indonesia
Sometimes it’s okay not to want to cook or maybe you just don’t have the time. But when the hunger pangs strike, you could go for a healthy and soulful avocado milkshake!
Blend 1 cup milk with 1 peeled and pitted ripe avocado, 1 banana cut in chunks, and 3 tbsps, honey, until smooth.
Did we miss out any delicious easy meals to make at home? Tell us in the comments!