• Jake Shaw

Recipes that will surely spice up Quarantine for you

Ok, so you are STILL stuck at home, in quarantine, right?

Now might just be the perfect time to try something new. In terms of cooking, I have used this time to try my hand at being the next Jaime Oliver. Bad news is, I'm not Jaime Oliver. So there is that... But, these recipes may make you feel like your own household super hero chef. Give them a try and be sure to let me now what you think!

First, I wanted to include the recipe to the picture above. Delicious (If I do say so myself)


Zucchini Fries

2 medium zucchini
1 egg
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian spice

Lemon Parsley Aioli

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 lemon, juiced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp, finely chopped parsley
salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line two baking trays with parchment paper.
Slice the zucchini in half, then half again, then into quarters. You should have 16 slices per zucchini.
Crack the egg in a small bowl or container and lightly beat it.
Add the parmesan and spices to a separate bowl or container and stir to combine.

Dip a slice of zucchini in the egg wash and transfer to the parmesan. Use your other hand to coat the zucchini in the cheese and transfer to the baking tray. Repeat this process until all zucchini are coated.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through on the cut side. Serve immediately.
To make the optional lemon parsley aioli, add all ingredients to a small bowl and stir together.

Maybe, You and the fam have a hankering for something a little spicy? If that is the case, try this one on for size!


4 oz / 150 Grams Lo Mein Egg Noodles
For Chicken:
1 Cup Chicken Breast,cut in to 1/2 Inch strips
As per need Salt
1/2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp Cornstarch
1 tsp Vegetable Oil
For main dish:
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp vegetable Oil
1 Tbsp Minced Ginger
1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
1/4 Cup Red Onion,sliced
1/4 Cup Carrot,sliced
1/4 Cup Red Bell Pepper
1/4 Cup Green Bell Pepper
1/2 Cup Scallion, long cut,2 Inch long
1/2 Cup Cabbage,shredded
1/4 Cup Water / Chicken Stock(Optional)
As per need Salt
For Sauce Mix:
1 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce / Hoisin Sauce
1 Tbsp Sriracha
1 tsp Sugar
As per need Salt
1 tsp Sesame Oil


Cook noodles as per package instructions and keep aside.
Marinate Chicken with ingredients mentioned.
Keep this aside for 5 mins
In a pan,add 1 Tbsp Sesame oil, then with pair of tongs pick each chicken piece and drop in the pan.
Discard if any leftover marinade.
Toss on medium flame till cooked,keep this aside.

In the same pan add 1 Tbsp Vegetable oil, add the ginger and garlic,fry till fragrant.
Do not burn the ginger and garlic or the final dish will turn bitter.
Add all the veggies one after other in the order shown in the step-wise pictures.
Then add chicken and once they are soft,cooked,keep them aside.
In a bowl add the ingredients to make sauce mix.
Mix well and keep aside.
In the same pan,add noodles and sauce mix.
Toss the noodles well to coat the sauce well on noodles.
Add the veggies and chicken, adjust salt.
Toss well to mix everything.
If there is no enough sauce for the dish add 1/4 cup water or chicken stock to loosen up everything.
Cook on high heat and toss well.
Serve immediately.
Yield: 3 Servings
Prep Time: 00:15:00 mins.

Cook time:00:15:00 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.

Ok, so maybe you're wondering what you can eat in between your regular meals and if there is such a thing as a healthier snacking option? That is a great question. My short answer...? Try this next recipe but tread lightly, it's soooo delicious that you may want to eat ALL OF IT! DON'T GIVE IN! But, moderation. or whatever ;)

This easy recipe for Cowboy Caviar fun, colorful, and endlessly adaptable. Healthy black-eyed peas, vegetables, and beans bring good luck no matter when you eat them, so be sure to make a big bowl for your next barbecue or potluck.

Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword beans, corn, peppers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 194kcal

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sugar or to taste, see notes
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 pound Roma tomatoes seeded and diced
1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can black beans drained and rinsed
1 (11 ounce) can super sweet corn, drained (see notes)
1 red onion diced
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper

1 cup chopped cilantro or parsley, from 1 bunch

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, sugar, white wine vinegar, chili powder, and salt. 
Add tomatoes, black-eyed peas, beans, corn, red onion, and bell peppers. Stir to combine.
Stir in cilantro. Cover and chill until serving time.

Recipe Notes

Regular canned sweet corn or frozen corn may be substituted for the extra sweet corn. The closest measurement for either option is 3/4 cup, but feel free to use the whole 15-ounce can of corn.
1 sweet onion or a bunch of green onions may be substituted for the red onion.
A single bell pepper may be substituted for the 1/2 cup each of chopped red and green bell peppers.
In the Midwest, we like the sugar in this recipe. I personally think it tastes great. BUT. If you think 1/4 cup sugar sounds like too much, feel free to use less. Perhaps add 1 tablespoon at a time. A couple of readers have suggested this is way too sweet and they were disappointed. It breaks my heart. You can always add more vinegar and salt if you want to try to save your batch. But I swear, this is how we eat it in America's Dairyland. And we love it.

Calories: 194kcal

Ok, the next one is one of my personal favorites. Like seriously. So good. You'll HAVE to try it.


4 to 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 (0.7-oz) packet Italian Dressing Mix


Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil.
Combine the brown sugar and Italian dressing mix. Coat both sides of the chicken with the brown sugar mixture. Place in prepared pan. Top chicken with any remaining brown sugar mixture.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Turn broiler on HIGH. Broil chicken until brown sugar caramelizes, about 1 to 2 minutes. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn!

I promise, you won't be let own by this dish. And it's so easy too!

Another week in Quarantine, Anther week of delicious recipes for you and the family to try. Try one or two this week and one or two next week (Mostly, so your family doesn't wonder what has gotten in to you.)

Feel free to share these with your friends and family members and be sure to follow me on social media for weekly updates, my new podcast has new episodes each friday and if you're looking for a workout plan tailored to being stuck at home, ask me how you can join the "Quarantine Fitness Challenge" TODAY!

Until next time. Stay Home, Stay Sane. Stay Strong. #BSTfitness

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