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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, the kitchen is calling.

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.

CSA boxes have never been more popular, so if you need something to do with all those rainbow carrots and bunches of kale, LA Times food columnist Ben Mims has some ideas. Healthy restaurant Little Beet is also sharing simple, easy-to-make recipes — like their house-made chimichurri.

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: Little Sesame’s shakshuka and pita sandwich kits come with sauces, spreads, and fan-fave ingredients. And Flower Child is selling customizable Family Packs. Definitely add the Red Chili Glazed Sweet Potato.

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. Locally, Founding Farmers has also transformed into an online market and grocery.

You can also snag farm-fresh lettuces and vegetables from A Baked Joint, sign up for a local CSA box via Little Farm Stand, or have essentials like eggs and bread delivered with the Basic Grocery Box from Modern Market Eatery.

And 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 &pizza, Little Sesame, Mezeh Mediterranean Grill, Fava Pot, CAVA, Little Beet, Sweetgreen, and so many more for making it easy to help those on the front lines.

For more feel-good news, 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 an Enchilada Supperclub Dinner or Taco Box (we’re talking 12 tacos, people!) from Chaia Tacos. You can also tack on a half-gallon of Wild Elderberry Kombucha, and we highly recommend you do.

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

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