3 Isolation Friendly Meal Ideas (Using up ingredients in the cupboard!)

With it getting stricter every time we go to the supermarkets, I’m sure a lot of people like myself, are trying to limit the amount of times we go by using up things in the cupboards. To hopefully give you some inspiration, I wanted to share 3 Isolation Friendly Meal Ideas!

Veggie Chilli

Making a chilli can be really easy and can be made purely using tins in the cupboard! I made my chilli by frying some onion and garlic together and added some spices from the cupboard such as paprika (regular or smoked), cumin, ground coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper, chilli flakes e.t.c. This list is endless of what spices you could add to your chilli so just make it your own! I then added a tin of mixed bean salad and a tin of chopped tomatoes. If you can’t find tinned tomatoes in the store, fresh tomatoes work well too!

There you go a really simple veggie chilli! The great thing about chilli is there are loads of versatile ways to serve it. If you don’t have any rice in the cupboards, you can serve it with jacket potatoes, nachos or put into a wrap to make it into a burrito.

Thai Curry

Thai Green Curry is great for using up those tins of coconut milk at the back of the cupboard or fresh coconut milk in the fridge. You can make it using an already made paste in a jar or you make a fresh paste if you have the ingredients lying about. The main flavours in thai green curry are onions, garlic, ginger, coriander, soy, sesame and chilli. However if you don’t have these, get creative and use whatever dried herbs and spices you have and make it your own.

I find a great way to serve thai green curry is with noodles as it’s a great way of using up packets of noodles in the back of the cupboard. You can also serve it with rice for a more traditional style.

Vegetable Curry

Curries are so versatile in the flavours and ingredients you can add to them! I like to make curries using the random bits of veg I have left in the fridge and freezer. In the picture on your left I made a variation of my Potato & Pea Curry but added some broccoli I had left over (I also used the stalk too!) and half a tin of coconut milk I had to use up.

If you don’t have any rice you could also serve your curry with either naan or flatbreads!

Be sure to share what meals you’ve been making during isolation for everyone in the comments below! Food has been a real source of comfort and entertainment for me at the moment so I hope you’re all having some joyful and delicious meal times.

Jade

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