Blake’s Top 5 Lockdown Larder Recipes
- Written by Blake Bowden
- April 12, 2020
- 3 min read
The world is in a state of flux and our lives have undergone changes unthinkable even a couple of months ago. This has affected us in everything we do and now more than ever people are looking for healthy options to adapt with these changes.
Staying at home has presented us all with great challenges, some very serious ones with real threats to our health, and some which include how we can maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst being quite limited in our movements and ability to source foods that would be easy in ‘normal’ times.
I want to highlight 5 ingredients that we would generally have in our household and just put together a few suggestions to make your lockdown larder a little bit more interesting.
You can make your own oat milk. 1 cup of oats to 3 cups of very cold water and a pinch of salt. Blend very well for 1 minute, strain through a fine mesh sieve twice. You can add a little honey if you prefer it slightly sweet and shake very well before use as it will settle.
Make a delicious, simple smoothie using 1 carrot, 1 apple, a slice of ginger and a few ice cubes. Top up with coconut water if you have it, or any non-dairy milk on hand. Add some walnuts and/or seeds if you have them for some extra protein.
3.) Self-raising flour
Make flat breads by mixing 1 cup of self-raising flour with a pinch of salt, ¼ cup water and ¼ cup yoghurt to form a soft dough. Rest for 30 minutes, before forming into 4 balls and flatten using a rolling pin. Heat a pan over medium flame and fry off breads 1-2 mins on each side. They make great pizza bases too!
A couple of ideas that require very few ingredients:
Broccoli, Chilli & Garlic: Boil the broccoli until very tender, and fry garlic and ginger in olive oil. Mash the broccoli with a fork into the pan to create a chunky pesto. Serve tossed through any pasta shape, but is ideal with farfalle or orrechiette.
Very Green Kale: Boil a bag of kale alonng with 3 cloves of garlic for 3 minutes. Remove and puree using a food processor or stick blender, squeeze a lemon, add a good glug of olive oil and plenty of seasoning. Serve with any pasta shape but will go well with penne or spaghetti. You could also fry up some breadcrumbs in olive oil until crispy to add some crunch.
Take 3 ripe bananas, peel and freeze. Once frozen puree them along with 100ml non dairy milk and a 2 teaspoons of honey in a food processor until very smooth. Hey presto – quick delicious and healthy banana sorbet!
I hope that you, all your families and friends stay safe and healthy during this crisis, keep hydrated and eating well.
Please feel free to reach out (email@example.com) with any questions about how I can help to jazz up your smoothie game in isolation; i’d be more than happy to provide some recipes or suggestions on how to turn those household ingredients into something delicious!