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IN THE KITCHEN: YOUR OFFICIAL QUARANTINE COOKING GUIDE

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THE FITT TEAM

JUL 14, 2020

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Now we’re cooking! No, really… we’re actually learning how to cook. And to be honest, we aren’t terrible. But we’re no Gordon Ramsay, either. So we’re sharpening our skills, refining our palate, and binging Chopped indefinitely. When you’re ready to join us, fire up the oven and use this guide for kitchen inspo.

COOKING CLASSES

For the kitchen novice, check out easy meal ideas from Chicago-based dietitian nutritionist May Zhu of Nutrition Happens or try Basics with Babish on YouTube.

Ever had a vegan eggs benny or plant-based sushi? JUST’s Insta is packed with video tutorials. But if you’re serious about taking your culinary game to the next level, take some online coursework from chef Matthew Kenney’s Food Future Institute or tune in with José Andrés.

Must try: “Sloppy Joe Exotics” from Queer Eye chef Antoni Porowski, who’s well on his way to 20 episodes of Instagram cooking classes. And be on the lookout for Amy Schumer Learns to Cook, a self-shot show coming to Food Network in the next few weeks that’s sure to be hilarious.

GO-TO RECIPES

We’ve stocked up on all the essential cooking tools and appliances, and we’re ready to flex our skills in the kitchen.

Two quick hacks: 1. Waffle makers are for more than just, well… waffles. 2. Your Sweetgreen salad can be transformed into a frittata

For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with homemade granola and these Four Sigmatic plant-based protein pancakes. Pair with a super-easy cold brew, or what the hell: this cold brew martini. If you’re struggling, Intelligentsia Coffee has a coffee hotline.

Basic banana bread is so last week. Instead, whip up this vegan, matcha-infused version from plant-based chef Chloe Coscarelli. Or, switch it up with this healthyish edible brownie batter recipe featuring Hu Kitchen’s organic, paleo crunchy mint chocolate.

Or, take the week to cook through FARE’s entire spring menu, available with step-by-step instructions on Instagram. At the very end, you’ll find our favorite: roasted root veg with dijon.

MUST-ORDER MEAL KITS

Meal kits are the best. Simple instructions. All the right ingredients. And a meal that usually ends up looking like the picture.

Keep it local: Frontier, known for its quality meats, has a Beer Can Chicken kit every Saturday with kale salad and cornbread. And Summer House Santa Monica has better-for-you pizza and dessert covered.

If you don’t like all the mixing and matching, just go with Sun Basket, who delivers globally inspired meal kits built for every type of eater. And for Martha Stewart’s personal touch, sign up for Marley Spoon.

PRODUCE BOXES & PANTRY STAPLES

We’ve got green onions in water on the window sill and a brag-worthy herb collection growing. But when you need to re-up on fresh produce and pantry items, there are tons of options.

Help fight food waste by signing up for Misfits Market. They save misshapen fruits and veggies and send ’em to your door. For an all-organic lineup of everything from seaweed snacks and mushroom jerky to supplements and sustainable salmon, there’s Thrive Market.

You can also have a fridge-worth of fresh produce delivered from Real Good Stuff Co. and Freshii, or even more essentials like eggs, bread, and flour (yes, they have it!) delivered by Bar Biscay.

If you could use something fun to look forward to, send a friend or yourself a Surprise Snack Box from The Goods Mart or a Joy Box from Pop Up Grocer.

COOKBOOKS

While you wait for Amy’s cooking show to come out, order her husband’s cookbook for seasonal recipes inspired by his time spent working in Martha’s Vineyard.

More must-buy cookbooks: Order Grow Food For Free and make this the year you finally have your own garden. For light, Israeli-inspired dishes, flip through Sababa, and if you want to learn the secret to the perfect salad, give Salad Samurai a read.

Clean eating got a glow-up from the founders of wellness company Sakara Life with Eat Clean, Play Dirty. And you can do a lot more with avocados than put them on toast.

Of course, we couldn’t make a cookbook list without a shoutout to our girl Chrissy Teigen and her Pad Thai Carbonara. Somehow Cravings: Hungry for More is even better than her debut title.

DOING GOOD

Our local restaurants and chefs are rallying the community, providing nourishing meals to those who need it most.

Next time you order something for yourself, think of a healthcare worker and donate something delicious. Hats off to Lyfe Kitchen, Kāl'ish, Protein Bar, Foxtrot Market, and so many more for making it easy to help those on the front lines.

More feel-good news: Dimo’s Pizza is making face shields for healthcare workers in its pizza ovens, and know that our hospital workers have plenty of organic chocolate thanks to Hu Kitchen.

BACKUP PLAN

If your kitchen experiment becomes a disaster, toss it out and order up the Lettuce Take Care Of You package. You’ll get three ready-to-eat meals (which feed four people) for the week from the likes of Mediterranean restaurant Aba and scratch cooking favorite Beatrix.

Meredith O'Connor and Ryan Deer contributed to writing this list.

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