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IN THE KITCHEN: YOUR OFFICIAL QUARANTINE COOKING GUIDE

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THE FITT TEAM

MAY 1, 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 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.

For a taste of NYC, get to work on Le Pain Quotidien’s immunity juice, Brodo’s Spring Bowl, Dig’s cauli bake, or a daily avo-heavy recipe from Avocaderia.

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: CAVA’s couldn’t be easier... since you always build your own bowl anyway. Plant-based taqueria Jajaja has an excellent DIY delivery section, too. But it’s hard to beat Bed-Stuy restaurant The Fly’s free-range roast chicken deal.

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 Just Salad, Honeybrains, or Tender Greens, and when you order organic grocery from Juice Press, throw in some throw in the gluten-free, vegan cookie dough.

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 Dig, Beyond Sushi, Gotan, &pizza, Chopt, MatchaBar, and so many more for making it easy to help those on the front lines.

More feel-good news: the Aussies of NYC are sticking together, Olmsted is basically a community Costco, 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 something beautiful from Brooklyn Taiwanese restaurant Win Son; you gave it a good effort, but they do it best.

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

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