Let’s face it: Being stuck at home because of lockdowns and quarantines can be absolutely miserable.
Not only are you deprived of the ability to see your friends and loved ones in the flesh, but because much of the rest of society is locked down as well, many of the most enjoyable things about life — like live music performances, dinners at your favorite restaurants, large sporting events or just simple gatherings and parties with people you care about — have been denied to you.
But all hope is not lost. There are things you can do to keep your spirits up. And while you’re keeping your spirits up, why not keep your immunity up as well?
Here are a few delicious and nutritious comfort foods that you can enjoy — and even prepare yourself — during quarantine.
1. Roast Chicken
Who doesn’t love chicken? Everyone knows how delicious it is. And given how chock full it is of proteins and essential vitamins, eating it is important to your health as well.
In fact, if you spice up and combine roast chicken with steamed vegetables like carrots, onions, and garlic, you can take the nutritional content of your meal up into the stratosphere. Throw some sweet potatoes and some lightly drizzled lemon juice into the mix, and you’re golden.
All in all, 60 to 90 minutes should be enough to cook this bad boy — depending on the size of the chicken.
2. Chicken Soup
We’ve all heard the cliche a million times that chicken soup is good for the soul. And we’ve hard that said because it is. It’s a warm, nourishing meal that comforts you and enlivens your spirit, which is especially important during these dark and lonely times. It’s also good for the body.
In addition to the chicken and the vegetables in your soup, whose immense nutritional value we have already alluded to, you can even throw some chicken bones into your soup. The marrow tastes absolutely divine when it’s prepared right and is also bursting with its own nutrients.
Just chop up some roast chicken, boil it for a few hours, throw in some chopped vegetables, let them boil for an additional half-hour or so, let the whole thing simmer for a bit, top it off with a dash of salt — and voila!
3. Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is classic comfort food. It’s easy to make, and more importantly, it’s thick and really fills you up when you eat it.
Boil some macaroni or pasta and strain it. Then, get some butter in a pan and add flour, cheese, and milk until the mixture becomes gooey. Mix it all together, throw in some breadcrumbs and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, and you’ll have comfort food straight from the gates of Heaven!
4. Garlic Bread
Garlic bread is absolutely delectable. It can be the perfect addition to your dinner or an excellent standalone snack.
Just get a baguette and slice it up — but not quite all the way. Leave the baguette in one piece but with the slices opening up at the top. Mix some butter with some chopped or crushed garlic, and then slather the mixture onto your bread. Bake for about 5 to 10 minutes, and enjoy!