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FAVOURITE RECIPES WHILE IN QUARANTINE.

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Since we’re at home these days, cooking has been one of my favourite past times. Of course, cooking/ baking while also trying very hard not to load on the calories! I thought I would share some of my favourite recipes with you guys, and challenge you to make them.

The idea came from an email I received last week, titled “Recipe Exchange” challenge.

I will share the full email with you guys at the end of this post so that you can copy & paste it, and start a recipe challenge as well. Basically you send this email to 20 of your friends and kind of like a chain email, everyone sends a recipe to ONE person (even if they don’t know them) and passes it along to their 20 friends. By the end of this you should have a TON of amazing recipes. It’s super fun, and I’ve already gotten a bunch of really great recipes to try.

Here are some of my ALL TIME favourite recipes:

CHICKEN STEW

What you need:

  • Chicken (I used chicken breast, but you can use thighs if you like those better)
  • Chicken broth
  • Mushrooms
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Flour (for thickening)

Start by cutting your chicken into bite size pieces. Then season them however you want. I added salt, pepper, garlic powder, and some Mrs. Dash Italian seasoning.

Chop up all your veggies so that they are ready to throw in the pan.

Get a large pot and add in some canola or vegetable oil. Throw in your chicken and cook them for about 6-7 mins or until brown and almost cooked. Take them out of the pot and plate them for now.

Throw in your chopped up yellow onion and garlic to the pot. Stir them continuously so that they do not burn. Keep stirring until the onions are soft and brownish.

Add ½ a cup of chicken broth to the pot and let simmer. In another bowl whisk up ½ a cup of chicken broth and some flour to thicken up the broth. Add that to the pot as well.

Let it simmer for about 6-7 minutes and then add in 4 cups of chicken broth to the pot. If you need to add more flour for thickness, do it now.

Let this simmer for about 10-15 minutes and then add in all your chopped up veggies including your potatoes. Add in the chicken as well.

Add some more salt and pepper. I also added chilli flakes at this point because I like it a bit spicy!

Lower your heat to medium-low, and cover the pot partially, and let it cook/simmer for 20 minutes or until your potatoes and carrots are soft.

Once it’s all cooked, throw in some parsley for garnishing.

Serve in a bowl and ENJOY!!

BUTTER CHICKEN

FAVOURITE RECIPES

What you’ll need:

♡ Skinless Boneless chicken breasts
♡ Butter
♡ Tomato Sauce
♡ Cliantro
♡ Onion
♡ Garlic
♡ Table cream
♡ Salt
♡ Cayenne pepper
♡ Garam Masala
♡ Tandoori Masala

Start by cutting up your chicken breast into medium sized pieces. Once you’ve cut them, add some olive oil to them, and then add your tandoori masala. Mix it up well so that the spice is evenly over all the pieces. Once you’ve done that, bake the chicken pieces until they are cooked. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes.

Next, chop up your onion and garlic, and cook on the stove top for about 10 mins, or until the onion and garlic are slightly brown.

The curry!

Melt a cup of butter (not margarine!) in a deep pan. Kind of like a wok. Add your tomato sauce, one tin if you are eating alone, two if you’re feeding a few people. I always go with two, because leftovers, hellllo! Add your three cups of table cream, salt, cayenne pepper, and garam masala. Let this simmer for 30 minutes on low heat. Stir every so often so that nothing gets burnt.

One thing that the video did leave out, which is pretty important in my opinion, is brown sugar. I know sugar isn’t the healthiest option, but Butter Chicken isn’t the healthiest meal to begin with. But DAMN, it’s good.

So, add about two full teaspoons of brown sugar in the curry while letting it simmer. You can add more or less to taste of course.

You can have this with brown rice, or garlic naan! Stick with brown rice if you want somewhat of a healthier option.

THAI RED CURRY

FAVOURITE RECIPES

What you need:

  • 2 Tbsp of red Curry Paste
  • 1 Can of Coconut Milk
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 1 Can of Bamboo Shoots
  • 1 Package of Enoki Mushrooms
  • 1 Head of Broccoli
  • 1 Stalk of Celery
  • 5-6 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Large Pieces of Ginger
  • 1 Cup of Cilantro
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Protein (Shrimp, chicken, fish, tofu, beef)

Step 1: I made my Thai Red Curry with chicken as the protein, so I fried up small chicken pieces in a bit of garlic for about 5 minutes. I didn’t cook it all the way through, because later in the recipe I’m going to let everything simmer.

Step 2: I added in all the veggies: broccoli, mushrooms, garlic, ginger, onion, red bell pepper, bay leaves. I coated them in a bit of coconut oil.

Step 3: I added one can of coconut milk and 1 can of water. If you’re making a soup, then add a can and a half of water. I wanted a thicker curry.

Step 4: Add 2 tablespoons of the Red Curry Paste.

Step 5: Cover, and let simmer for about 30 minutes. You will start to get a delicious smell, and that’s when you know everything is ready.

Step 6: Add a cup of fresh cilantro for garnish and squeeze the entire lime into the pot. Don’t leave the lime rinds in there. It will turn bitter over time. (Speaking from experience)

You can have this over brown rice or rice noodles.

EASY SALMON

FAVOURITE RECIPES

What you’ll need:

  • Garlic butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • SO MUCH fresh garlic
  • White wine ( don’t forget to pour yourself a glass )
  • Dried oregano & parsley or Italian seasoning
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice

Marinate the salmon in all of the above ingredients.

THAT’S IT. Let it sit for like 5-10ish minutes in that marinade and cut up your veggies.

I like to do a little stir fry with EVOO, garlic, salt, pepper and my veggies. If I’m feeling sassy, I’ll throw in some soy sauce. But for the most part, I like to keep things simple.

Okay, time to put your salmon in the oven. Depending on how thick your piece is, timing will vary. I usually have it in there for no more than 15 minutes. You definitely don’t want to overcook it.

Remove from the oven, squeeze some more lemon over it, and add the veggies to your plate.

CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

Chicken tikka masala

What you’ll need:

♡ Skinless Boneless chicken breasts
♡ 1 cup yogurt
♡ 1 tablespoon lemon juice
♡ Fresh ground cumin
♡ Ground Cinnamon
♡ Cayenne pepper
♡ Black pepper
♡ Salt
♡ 1 tablespoon Ginger
♡ Garlic

♡ Paprika

♡ 1 Can tomato sauce
♡ 1 cup heavy cream
♡ Fresh cilantro

Step 1: In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 4 teaspoons salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Step 2: Preheat a grill for high heat.

Step 3: Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side.

Step 4: Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, and 3 teaspoons salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken, and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro.


As promised, here is the email for the “recipe challenge”. I hope you guys start your own!

Subject: Recipe Exchange 

Going back to old times with a recipe exchange! As the world is social distancing right now, many of us are experimenting in our kitchens to help pass the time. So you have been invited to be a part of a #QuarantineCooking recipe exchange! 

Please send a recipe to the person whose name is in position #1 (even if you don’t know them) and it should be something quick, easy and without rare ingredients. Actually, the best one is the one you know in your head and can type right now.  Don’t agonize over it… It is the recipe you make when you are short on time. 

After you’ve sent your recipe to the person in position #1 below (and only to that person), copy this email into a new email, move my name to the top and put your name in position #2. Only my and your name should show when you send your email. Send to 20 friends via BCC.

If you cannot do this within 5 days, let me know so it will be fair to those participating. You should receive 36 recipes. It’s fun to see where they come from! Seldom does anyone drop out because we all need new ideas. The turnaround is fast, as there are only 2 names on the list and you only have to do this once.

In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and STAY HOME. Happy #QuarantineCooking!

1) Email 1

2) Your email

Thanks! 


Fun right?!

Okay, do you guys have any favourite recipes you want to share with me? I encourage you to use my email address as one of your friends too! I love getting new recipes. (kimberley.marquis@gmail.com)

By the way, I usually get ALL my recipes from www.allrecipes.ca. It’s super fun watching the videos they have!

Xx, kim

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