The quarantine imposed in many areas all over the world has forced people to stay cooped up at home and make some adjustments to their daily lives.
A lot of businesses have been shut down, and the only ones open are essential businesses such as groceries and pharmacies. This, of course, doesn’t bode well for Australians who love their fast-food.
According to statistics, 43.73 percent of respondents in Australia stated they eat fast food less than once per week. In these challenging times, many will be forced to get creative in the kitchen and use store-bought goods to prepare meals.
This may just be a chance for people to eat healthier and consider having a more nutritious diet.
Food Hacks in the Time of COVID-19
1. Have a Meal Plan and Purhcase Only What You Need
A lot of people will be tempted to succumb to panic buying because their belief is there will be a shortage of supplies. Panic buying produces negative results for the economy, such as increasing the prices of goods.
There also tends to be the over-consumption of goods and unequal distribution of it. You should consider your own needs as well as the needs of others.
Examine what you already have at home and plan what you should buy. Although you may feel the need to buy huge amounts of food, consider what is already there in your pantry. This will allow you to avoid food waste and allow others to buy the food they need.
2. Have a Strategy in Buying Ingredients – Make Fresh Produce a Priority
Fresh ingredients should be used or cooked first, including those with a shorter shelf life. You should purchase and prioritize foods such as vegetables, fruits, and dairy products if this continues to be available.
It is also good to purchase frozen fruits and vegetables because they can be used for a longer period of time. They also provide you the same vitamins and minerals as fresh foods.
Since quarantine only allows you to do your groceries several times in a week, you may want to freeze any of your leftovers so you will have a ready stock of food and to avoid food waste as well.
3. Go for Home Cooked Meals for More Nutrition
Not getting fast food may be one of the benefits of quarantine. Many people will be cooking home-cooked meals to feed themselves and their families. Because of the longer time spent at home, there is more opportunity to prepare a meal using raw and fresh ingredients.
There are plenty of healthy and delicious recipe tutorials online. Open your eyes to the wealth of information and the flavors you can concoct an experiment with. However, you have to adhere to healthy eating, even if you are preparing a home-cooked meal.
4. Portion Sizes
If you do not spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you may not get portion sizes correctly. This may lead you to cook more than you need or to overeat.
There are dietary guidelines on the right portion sizes, and it will be a good thing for you to research on it to know what is adequate. You should also keep in mind that young children need smaller portions, so don’t stuff them with food.
Week-long Fridge Friendly Meals
• Creamy Lemon and Herb Pot Roasted Chicken
The ingredient for this meal is easy to source. What’s even better is that it’s easy to prepare. Just plop all the ingredients in a Dutch oven over slow heat and let it do its own magic after several minutes. The chicken in this recipe will also go well with pasta or sandwiches.
• Italian Meatballs
Italian meatballs are easy to prepare and quite hardy. Just freeze them after you prepare them, and they will last you a week.
• Asian Stir Fry
You can get your balance of meat and veggies in one dish plus exotic Asian flavor. All you need is a few minutes to stir the ingredients together, and you are good to go for the week. Freeze after and just heat in a microwave.
Having a meal shouldn’t be a hassle in the time of the pandemic. Allow your creativity to reign and make this quarantine the start of healthier eating. Stay positive and stay healthy and only consume what you need.