What to eat during COVID-19 quarantine

Easy coronavirus self-quarantine recipes to cook at home

What to eat during COVID-19 quarantine

What to eat during COVID-19 quarantine?

These are the dishes we prepared during the quarantine. Make a quarantine meal plan – do your grocery or market day once a week, or possibly buy goods that will last for two (2) weeks. Staying at home with complete kitchen stocks is better rather than buying what you only need at a time. Filipino families are usually made of extended members of the clan, the best strategy to cope up with the food demand is to cook a dish that will last up to two to three meals or what you can eat later in the week. You can either keep it frozen or reheat them the following day. This saves up cooking time and it instills modesty in everyone. “Be satisfied with what you have.” Because leftovers are your family’s best friend, think of it as survival. My husband said, “… we should be ready to outlive the war, what if zombies are out there! Stop being picky, we’re lucky we have more than 3 meals a day.” He was right, though; we are facing a modern-day war scenario. 

Be creative with your dish. If you're short-budget or lack other ingredients, try tweaking your dish with alternate ingredients on hand, they are ideally acceptable during this time. Since you’re in quarantine, use whatever resources you have. It’s best to be prudent at these trying times. Save up on other expenses. 

Good nutrition is utmost important for health. Load up on fresh fruits, vegetable meals, and vitamins. Limited supplies of fresh foods are the main concern during this COVID-19 pandemic. It is likely that most homes will consume processed foods high in fats, sugars, and salt. Nevertheless, even with insufficient ingredients, there are ways to prepare home meals that will support a healthy diet. Prioritize fresh goods. 

Prepare home-cooked meals. During the quarantine, you have all the time in the world to prepare your recipes. Engage your family to cook with you and try to experiment, discover new dishes. Expose the kids to acquire important life skills such as: do kitchen chores, learn to bake, or teach them the safe food handling practices. 

Examples of home-cooked meals and healthy diets. We have prepared our quarantine meals for the past few weeks with the use of available ingredients. 

What to eat during COVID-19 quarantine
Top row (L-R): bread, bananas, and pancakes
Middle row (L-R): kikiam, chicken lumpia, and vegetable lumpia
Bottom row (L-R): DIY pizza, shrimp torta, and tapsilog (beef and sunny side-up with garlic fried rice) 

People are currently in panic with bread loaves as the demand increases, while supplies become limited in some areas in Metro Manila.  The banana, on the other hand, had a price surge due to social media's fake news that banana was a cure to Covid-19. Vendors took this opportunity since consumers don't mind the sudden increase.

In making shanghai lumpia (ground meat with minced vegetable swirled over egg/flour wrapper), substitute chicken or fish over red meat or make an all-vegetable lumpia with spicy/peppered garlic dip.

Our home-made pizza is made by our kiddo, with a pre-heated oven toaster, we use bread loaf sliced diagonally. Spread all throughout the tomato paste or sauce, add the quickmelt cheese, diced mushroom, sausage, and garnish with minced garlic. You can also add onions and bell peppers.

Tapsilog (tapa-sinangag-itlog). Beef tapa is similar to beef jerky except that some versions in the Philippines are marinated with vinegar instead of sun-dried process. Sinangag is fried rice usually in garlic flavor, while the log in tapsilog is the simple sunny side-up egg. Marinate beef sirloin (thinly sliced), before marinating, after it has been thoroughly washed with running water, again, wash the beef with vinegar at the same time squeezing the part to remove excess blood. Do the process twice. For the final marinate sauce, mixed in vinegar, minced garlic, tablespoon of soy sauce, a dash of salt and ground pepper. Store it in a ceramic bowl with a cover and refrigerate. Pan-fried the tapa and serve with fried eggs and fried rice.

What to eat during COVID-19 quarantine
Top row (L-R): chicken pork adobo, lime juice, and fresh pick lime fruit
Middle row (L-R): steamed camote tops with garlic, tomatoes dip and pancit canton
Bottom row (L-R): guisadong monggo, supplements/juices, and kaimito

Chicken pork adobo or CPA is typically the Filipino national dish. The meat is simmered with vinegar and soy sauce, and seasoned with garlic, onions, peppercorns and bay leaves. An alternative method is to sauté the garlic, onions, followed by the meat , and then simmered and seasoned to taste.  Adobo conventionally has a long shelf-life. Perfect for the quarantine period.

Natural juice. Blissful time for everyone to enjoy going natural. We're in a hiatus from buying fast-food products. Perfect time to avoid the commercial milk tea, coffee and soda fixation. We got ourselves lime fruits freshly picked from our mini-urban garden. With these resources, we prepare lime water everyday. Limes, lemon, calamansi, and other citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C and boost your immune system.

Steamed camote tops. Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) leaves are loaded with various nutrients, vitamins, dietary fiber, and essential fatty acids. It has a great amount of protein, minerals, Vitamin B, Beta-carotene, Lutein and antioxidants. Our version of steam camote tops is accompanied with fresh minced garlic and tomatoes, and bagoong isda.

Pancit canton. The secret to a mouth-watering pancit is to use Delicious brand. The label was introduced to us during  their brand campaign. We've found out, it's the same brand some restaurants use. The noodles never sag after multiple reheating. As for quarantine, leftovers are stored in the freezer to last longer. To make a simple pancit canton, we include boiled chicken, pork belly and pork liver, chicken balls. With all the available vegetables, add oyster sauce instead of soy sauce.   A tablespoon of soy sauce will do, plus some seasoning.

Guisadong or ginisang monggo. Make more than enough servings so you can keep it for another meal. Boiled mongo (mung) beans. Sauté garlic, onions, tomatoes, add the meat, tinapa (smoked fish)  and simmer. Followed by amply leaves or malunggay leaves. We don't usually add chicharon as garnish. Usually commercially bought chicharon are "maanta" (rancid) that can ruin your soup. Stick to what is essential.

Preventive measures. On regular days, the following stocks never run out in our kitchen:
Apple cider - a teaspoon of apple cider on a glass of water or juice
Vitamin C - usually Kirkland or  other US-made brand to ensure quality
Pocari sweat - electrolyte drink, it works wonders during the flu season
Fresh milk and juices and seasonal fruits
Chilis - If you don't have chili peppers at home, stock up on hot sauce. Read up on the health benefits of chili and why it's best to eat spicy food as well as those with coconut milk.

Top row (L-R): singing na salmon, energy bars/white chocolate, and frozen yogurt
Middle row (L-R): mocha latte and urban garden (chili)
Bottom row (L-R): fresh salad, lechon kawali, and cookies
What to eat during COVID-19 quarantine

What to eat during COVID-19 quarantine

Day 51 : A few blocks from home, veggies and fruits from Pangasinan. Our zone community GC sells them online.

Last updated: 12 May  2020

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