Week Eight Coronavirus Hiatus: The Corona Kitchen File

Week EIGHT. That feels really bananas. That means, in the house, we have had weeks and weeks of cooking. Breakfast, lunch & dinner. We have only had a handful of take out nights- those nights really feel like a vacation… and we should probably do it more.

We have already discussed the ins and outs of getting groceries delivered a few weeks ago… I think it has gotten easier to get everything you need delivered! (Read here: Week Five Coronavirus Hiatus: Grocery Games)

I have been receiving a lot of questions about what I am cooking and pleas for ideas.  So here we go… this time has given me the opportunity to make some recipes I have wanted to try but I am also relying on some old favorites of my own.

I have printed all these recipes out (even my own!) and ones I want to try; they are living in a manila file in my kitchen… the Corona Kitchen File…

It will be interesting to see what I have in there by the end of this and what we love the most.

Let’s start with breakfast:

Dark Chocolate Breakfast Pudding – easy and make ahead; my kids favorite.

EASY Paleo Pan Cake – Weekend treat. Makes it so easy.

Kid’s Chocolate Beet Smoothie – Chocolate masks the beet flavor here – so good!

Obviously…. Bananas.

Thad’s Banana Bread – just make it. You won’t be sorry.


Banana Blueberry Muffins – just as good with the added twist of blueberries.


Cinnamon “Latte” – breakfast… or anytime. I adore this. Such a treat.



We have been trying to aim for leftovers or sandwiches. I am always up for a noodle soup…


Sweet Potato & Chicken Chili  – Super easy and super good. Freezes well too!

30 Minute Pork Ragu with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables – Always a go to… and we seem to have a freezer full of ground pork. This works great with ground beef too… even turkey or chicken!

Alison Roman’s Focaccia as pizza – I use Cup4Cup gluten free flour here and it works like a charm. Homemade pizza can also double as an activity with kids. Win win.

Alison Roman's Overnight Focaccia, Tonight

Half Baked Harvest Thai Peanut Chicken – Easy, delicious and a great use for chicken thighs… you have some of those in your freezer right?

overhead photo of Weeknight Thai Peanut Chicken with Spicy Lime Mango

Half Baked Harvest Caramelized Ramen Noodles – SO GOOD.

overhead photo of 30 Minute Caramelized Shallot Beef Ramen Noodles

Half Baked Harvest Enchilada Rice Bake – Okay, this was an instant winner. It is almost like upside down nachos. I have made it with out the rice too… equally as good.

One Skillet Saucy Chicken Tortilla Enchilada Rice Bake | halfbakedharvest.com


Extras and sweets:

Why do we all want to bake everything? Bagels and brownies and snack cakes… I even have an array of flours coming to attempt gluten free artisinal bread… stay tuned.

Cookie Dough – we all love this one, the secret freezer treat.

Cashew Butter Cookies – This may be my favorite cookie ever. Chewy with caramel notes!

Melissa Clark’s Chocolate Mayo Cake – Easy and you will for sure have the ingredients on hand. We doubled this as a breakfast cake with berries and yogurt!

Half Baked Harvest Easy Pretzel Bagels – surprisingly easy and oh so good! We are obsessed…

overhead photo of Easy Homemade Pretzel Bagels

King Arthur Gluten Free Honey Oat Bread – Also easy and it was delicious toasted with strawberry jam…

So there are some of the best things we have made for the past 8 weeks… I have a few other excellent recipes I need to write up this week too!

Also, if you are itching to add to your cookbook library and need some new ideas check out the AMH Bookshelf! All of my favorites are there!

Hang in there and enjoy the cooking!



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