Just trying to do my best to help while being in quarantined. These are a few easy recipes I have learned as family members cook for me. I still do not like to cook but will try to like it.


pasta fagiolo

Pasta Fagiolo

I chose this recipe just so I could use my canned goods. I thought they would be useful in quarantine but there are so many cans of beans! (PS: Fagiolo is defined as beans.)

    1. 1. canned tomato pieces
    2. 2. vegetable broth
    3. 3. Rao’s spaghetti sauce
    4. 4. uncooked bow tie pasta
    5. 5. fresh carrots
    6. 6. uncooked onions
    7. 7. oregano
    8. 8. canned kidney beans

    I don’t have all those items so of course, I substituted. Cook the uncooked items (except for the pasta) & then throw everything in a pot, including the uncooked pasta. Cook till it is done and you are ready for dinner! It is a 4 star for me.

    twice baked potatoes

    Twice Baked Shrimp Stuffed Potatoes

    This one is a 5 star. I will definitely make this over and over. I added broccoli pieces and it was even better.

    I have most of these items and just made do without what I do not have. It still works.

      1. 1. frozen shrimp
      2. 2. frozen broccoli
      3. 3. unbaked potatoes
      4. 4. butter
      5. 5. soy milk (I used almond milk)
      6. 6. cheddar cheese (I used Havarti cheese just because it was in my refrigerator)

      Now for the how-to:

      • Cook the frozen shrimp as per the directions on the package.
      • Bake the potatoes in the microwave or bake in the oven.
      • Spoon out the interior of the baked potatoes and mix it with a little soy milk, butter, cooked broccoli, cooked shrimp,  butter, and shredded cheddar cheese.
      • Put it back into the shells & cook the potatoes in the oven at 400 for about 20 minutes.
      • The recipe calls for 1 cup of sour creme to be added to the mixture but as I do not have it, I made it without the sour creme. No one knew the difference.


      bowl of miso soup

      Miso Soup

      This one I give a 3 star. It was OK but not fantastic. You have to have the miso paste and tofu or just call it something else.

          1. 1. miso paste
          2. 2. tofu, cubed
          3. 3. vegetable broth
          4. 4. chard- I substituted kale as I have no chard
          5. 5. scallions

          The cooking part is easy. Just do not get distracted and finish the job.

          • Boil the kale in the vegetable broth (calls for chard or really any green will do if you have it.)
          • Add the tofu
          • Note the kale needs to be soft & falling apart (just because I do not like the toughness of kale)
          • Simmer for about 10 minutes
          • Add the miso (note you should wisk it first using hot water or the hot vegetable broth till it is no longer lumpy). Start with a tablespoon of miso paste & add more to taste. I ended up with about 3 tablespoons of miso paste as just one was not strong enough for me.
      bowl of black bean soup

      Black Bean Soup

      I liked the taste of this soup. I did not have to slave over a hot stove and it is filling.  Easy Peasy

        • 1. 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
        • 2. 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes or Mexican stewed tomatoes, cut up
        • 3. 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes or diced tomatoes with green chilies
        • 4. 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
        • 5. 1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn, drained
        • 6. 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chiles
        • 7. 4 green onions, thinly sliced
        • 8. 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
        • 9. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
        • 10. 1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic
        • 11. top with sour creme (or nothing if you do not have it)
        • 12. avocado, sliced to add on top of the soup

      Throw it all in a pot and cook. Keep it on low heat so you do not have to watch but be sure to stir it!

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