It’s gonna be EZ
According to the great Chef Gusteau, “Anyone can cook.” Yes, that includes you. Though this COVID-19 crisis can be anxiety-inducing, there’s no need to panic. We’re here to help you in any way we can—and food is one of the topics we know a substantial amount about!
For anyone stuck at home—maybe, alone—and needs help in the kitchen, we’ve got you covered. Emulate your inner Binging with Babish or Claire from Bon Appétit, because we’ve listed down 5 low-effort recipes with stuff you can easily find in your fridge and pantry. Let’s begin!
Leftover French Toast
This recipe is perfect if you have leftover loaves of bread lying around. Here’s a pro tip: compared to regular bread, leftover bread actually works best for this recipe, because it really soaks up the egg mixture!
Level: Yun lang yun?
- Stale bread or any bread
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- butter (optional)
- fruits (optional)
- cinnamon (optional)
What to do:
1. Beat egg and vanilla in a bowl. Stir in milk.
2. Dip both sides of your bread into the egg mixture. (Tip: Soak it just long enough to absorb the egg mixture, but not so long that it’s saturated).
3. Cook bread slices in a pan on medium heat until browned on both sides.
4. If you’re feeling fancy, serve your french toast with a dash of cinnamon, fresh fruit, and a slice of butter!
Rice Cooker Mac & Cheese
No, we’re not kidding. You can literally make your childhood merienda in a rice cooker. This might take 30 minutes to cook, so make a TikTok video or watch some Netflix shows in between.
Level: Saing levels, sis.
- 2 cups uncooked macaroni
- 1 Knorr chicken cube (or chicken stock if available)
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 dash of pepper
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 cup of shredded cheese (cheddar and mozzarella are great choices!)
What to do:
1. Combine the uncooked macaroni, salt, water, and chicken cube in a rice cooker. Set the rice cooker on the standard setting and cook for 30 minutes, or until the macaroni has absorbed the water.
3. Stir in the milk, shredded cheese, and add a dash of black pepper. Close the lid, turn the cooker to the warm setting, and let it cook. Stir occasionally so the bottom doesn’t burn.
3. Cook for about 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the milk is well incorporated.
4. Sprinkle some more cheese (or maybe dump the entire pack in) while it’s hot and serve!
Anything In The Pantry Pasta
Here’s a secret: You can put anything on top of pasta and it’ll still taste good. So, if you have canned goods in your pantry, you might want to try your hand at this more-than-easy pasta recipe!
Level: Pwede ka na mag-asawa!
- 12 oz. of any pasta
- 1 can of corned beef or tuna
- salt & pepper
- chopped white onion
- 1/4 cup of oil
- 4 tbsp. butter
- parsley (optional)
- cheese (optional)
- chili flakes (optional)
What to do:
1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water. Stir occasionally, until al dente (or however you like it, honestly). Strain the pasta when done!
2. In a pan over medium heat, cook garlic in 1/4 cup oil until garlic looks golden. Add the canned food of your choice and break into pieces with your spatula. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper.
3. Add pasta into the pan with cooked corned beef or tuna and combine.
3. Transfer your pasta onto a plate and sprinkle cheese on top.
Cornflake Fried Chicken
Hey, don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. It’s a last-minute recipe that’s not only crispy but also has a hint of sweetness from the cornflakes. You might even use this recipe even after community quarantine is over!
Level: Wow, chef ka na, ghorl?!
- 1 skinless boneless chicken breast
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups cornflakes
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- salt and pepper
What to do:
1. Pound chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to an even half-inch thickness.
2. Whisk together egg and milk in a bowl. Crush cornflakes into another shallow bowl and sprinkle with a dash of salt and pepper.
3. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat until hot.
4. Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Dredge in egg mixture, letting excess drip off, then in cornflakes, pressing to help adhere.
5. Fry chicken for about 5 to 6 minutes, turning it once, until golden and just cooked through. Make sure it’s not raw!
6. Drain the oil on paper towels and serve!
Ate Ghorl’s Quick Bacsilog
This will definitely take you back to college days. Inspired by beloved Ate Rica’s Bacsilog, you don’t have to go all the way to Agno to try it out. Even better, you can customize your Bacsilog with more toppings. Perhaps some cheese?
Level: Sa sobrang dali, ‘di na ako lalabas ng bahay.
- 1/2 bar of small Quickmelt cheese
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 tbsp. evaporated milk
- drops of Knorr liquid seasoning
For the cheese sauce:
1. Heat evaporated milk in a saucepan until warm.
2. Add Quickmelt cheese whisking in until completely melted.
3. Remove from heat and add Knorr. Whisk until fully combined and set the sauce aside.
4. In a pan, add the strips of bacon and cook to your liking. We’re not trying to replicate Ate Rica’s Bacsilog, so go ahead and enjoy your bacon crispy!
5. Get a bowl, add rice, top with an egg, then bacon.
6. Pour in your cheese sauce and serve!
Well, that’s all there is to it! In light of the COVID-19 crisis, we hope these recipes helped. Try it out for yourself and let us know if you liked it through our Instagram, @bookyapp. Take care always! – The Booky Team