For the last three weeks I’ve learned first hand what I am glad I had in my pantry and freezer and what I needed to change to create delicious meals while in quarantine mode just like you guys. I’ve compiled a 14 Day Corona Virus Meal Planning List that I hope engages you to be creative, try new substitutions and think and shop smart if you have to go out for supplies or even shop online and get delivered (read all about RELISH below).
We can get through this, so let’s stay safe, and by all means, enjoy family and food time together.
Corona Virus Meal Planning
I’ve compiled 25 recipes that have minimal ingredients, and you probably have them on hand in your pantry or freezer! With leftovers, this list helped get my house through 14 days of lunches and dinners!
Remember that I have RELISH on each of my recipes that enables you to create a shopping list from the needed ingredients and keep everything together in one section. That way you could do a pantry or freezer check to see what you have and what you might need to be as economical and proficient at making delicious meals for you and your families.
Relish (Free on the site) is an all-in-one service that helps you save recipes, create a shopping list from your favorite recipes and shop for ingredients online to have groceries delivered to your door or picked up.
How Does Relish Work?
Beneath the ingredient list of every recipe, you’ll find a button that says “Shop Ingredients.” Simply click on that button and Relish will open, allowing you to save recipes, add them to a shopping list, scale based on how many servings you need, and easily remove ingredients you’re already stocked up on.
Create that Shopping List and Store
Once your list is done, you can select from the available grocers in your area for pickup or delivery, and your shopping cart will be filled with the exact ingredients and quantities you need.
Don’t want to shop online? That’s fine! You can use Relish as your shopping list, either on your phone or by printing out your list.
I hope this makes it easier and you find it useful for shopping and keeping all of your recipe favorites together in one place!
Can I Check what’s in Stock BEFORE Leaving my house?
There is also the Relish Stock Checker, a tool that helps pinpoint the hardest-to-find grocery staples at nearby stores. With the new Relish Stock Checker, customers can enter their zip code and check stock on some of the hardest-to-find items from toilet paper to paper towels to diapers at nearby Target and Walmart stores before heading out the door.
- Relish Stock Checker helps pinpoint the hardest-to-find grocery staples at nearby stores
- Users can enter their zip code and check stock on the hardest-to-find items (no account required)
- Items include: TP, Hand Sanitizer, Milk, Diapers, and more
- Current stores: Target and Walmart, with more coming soon
- More Organized = Less Shopping Trips: Use Relish to build a meal plan and shopping list and then head to the store with added confidence that the hardest-to-find items will be there
- Link: https://relish.com/stock-checker
Corona Virus Food Storage Tips
- Stock up on powdered bouillon like chicken and beef instead of cans that take up space
- Get the most from that rotisserie chicken and quickly make Homemade Chicken Stock
- Canned beans make things easier for quick meals
- Store dried beans to soak, lentils, rice, couscous and pastas for sides and mains
- Freeze breads (once opened) so they don’t spoil quickly if not used immediately (I know this one first hand when my whole wheat sourdough bread loaf got mold on it and I had to throw it out. It got me to make my sourdough starter again and we made bread and bagels!)
- Buy tortillas and flatbreads, great for lunches and wraps (long shelf life)
- Refrigerated dough for pizzas and flatbreads
My Corona Virus Quarantine Meal Planning List:
25 Lunch and Dinners – For lunch and dinners, it’s all about what was in my freezer: ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken, sausages, chicken breasts, shrimp, and salmon filets.
Bacon wrapped chicken is the perfect dinner recipe! Crispy bacon, tender chicken breasts and a rich BBQ sauce combine to make this a family favorite dish.
Baked Honey Mustard Chicken This baked chicken breast recipe is an easy to make one pan meal. Tender chicken breasts with sweet honey mustard glaze, sautéed red onions and mozzarella cheese.
Santa Fe Chicken is an easy way to add a taste of the Southwest to your dinner, and it’s quick! This baked chicken recipe cooks in 30 minutes!
This baked chicken breast recipe for Honey Balsamic Chicken makes an easy one pan meal. It features tender glazed chicken breasts with mozzarella cheese over sautéed onions.
Baked Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon This baked salmon recipe creates a quick and easy weeknight meal. Flaky oven baked fish with a coating of zippy horseradish and honey mustard glaze.
This Pan Seared Everything Salmon is just incredible! Made quickly from a homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning blend or your favorite store bought version, it’s rubbed on the salmon and sautéed in butter to a golden brown.
Tender, sweet shrimp quickly cooked in a honey soy sauce mixture with lots of garlic. The marinade also becomes the sauce for a meal in 30 minutes! This easy Honey Garlic Shrimp is a cinch to make and is great served over rice.
Salsa Verde Shrimp is one of those easy to make dinners that delivers BIG flavor and doesn’t take a lot of work if using store bought salsa.
This Cajun Shrimp and Sausage comes together is no time, is punched with flavor, and besides plump shrimp and juicy turkey sausage, there are lots of fresh veggies all tossed with a cajun seasoning blend made in one pan!
My authentic flavored, Pork Chile Verde starts with browned pork shoulder thats been rubbed with spices, then simmered in a flavorful puree of tomatillos, chiles, onion and cilantro until tender.
This easy to make, Creamy Beef Pasta dish is a go to recipe for three reasons: it’s quick, filling and is great as a leftover, too. A creamy tomato and cheese sauce covers tender pasta shells and chunks of seasoned ground beef. A hit with the kids and family alike.
These Ground Beef Enchiladas are super easy and feed a crowd. Whether you like to use store bought ingredients or like to make things from scratch, I’ll show you how easy these are to put together!
These Easy Ground Beef Tacos make for a quick, mid-week dinner when time is tight and you need to stretch that pound of ground beef a little when feeding the family. Use my Homemade Taco seasoning made from pantry spices and the flavor is outstanding.
These Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas as super easy to put together and are great to keep on hand, freeze, or give to family or friends.
These delicious Ground Chicken Tacos make for a quick, mid-week lunch or dinner when time is tight and you need to stretch that pound of ground chicken a little when feeding the family.
This easy to make, creamy chicken pasta dish is another go to recipe for several reasons: it’s quick, filling and is great as a leftover, too. A creamy white cheese sauce covers tender pasta shells and chunks of seasoned ground chicken. This Creamy Chicken Pasta is a definite hit with the kids and family alike.
Thick and creamy, loaded with sweet corn, chunks of tender potatoes, carrots and crumbled, smoky bacon this Southwest inspired Slow Cooker Corn Chowder gets a slight kick from a chipotle pepper and actually uses no cream!
This Mixed Bean Beef and Barley Soup is a great one for the stovetop, but made quicker in the Instant Pot.
Think cheeseburger meets potato soup. Creamy and loaded with chucks of seasoned, seared hamburger, chunks of potatoes and loads of cheese. I diced up pickles to sprinkle on top for that burger touch and the flavors of my Cheeseburger Soup were just outstanding.
For my Slow Cooker Ham Bean Soup mixed beans, lentils, peas and barley are slow cooked with a smoked ham bone, vegetables and spices, making a hearty dinner that feeds a crowd.
Savory, tender and beyond flavorful, this Swiss Steak Stew is one of my favorites of my mom’s recipes. Modified and updated for the oven or pressure cooker, this one delivers big time in the flavor department and feeds a crowd.
Whenever there’s cold weather or I’m in need of an easy to make comfort food dinner, this Green Chili Chicken and Beans comes to the rescue. Hearty and filling, my Chicken and Beans recipe feeds a crowd and uses Hatch green chiles, rotisserie chicken and white beans.
Need a quick lunch or dinner idea? This childhood favorite is an American classic sandwich and sure to please the kids! My homemade Sloppy Joes recipe is quickly made from scratch and is BIG on flavor!
These Italian Sausage Pesto Flatbread Melts are super easy, quick and hearty. Made with crumbled, browned sausage, pesto and cheeses in minutes and the flatbread is made with refrigerated pizza dough. How easy is that?
If this list is helpful, please let me know and I will compile a Breakfast, Side Dish and Dessert one as well.
Stay safe, eat well and take care of each other.