12 Easy Recipes to Feed Your Family While You’re Sheltering in Place

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The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked both economic and emotional havoc on our nation. By now, we all know the basics (wash your hands frequently, keep at least six feet away from others, avoid touching your face, etc.). But the toughest recommendation to follow for many is “Stay at home if you can” — to quote the Red Cross’s web page “Coronavirus: Safety Tips for You.”

Following this directive — in some cases (as in California) mandated by state governments, in others strongly counseled by health officials or a matter of personal choice — has forced the closing not only of offices and factories but of theaters, sports stadiums, parks and beaches, retail stores, and of course bars and restaurants.

Some restaurateurs have found ways to stay partially open by offering food for takeout and delivery — even pricey Michelin-starred establishments. (Here are 18 fancy restaurants offering takeout and delivery during the coronavirus crisis.)

But for many people, what sticking around the house to avoid COVID-19 means — besides watching Netflix and other streaming services and TV channels — is the chance to do a lot of home cooking. 

Recipes and kitchen tips keyed to the current situation are being offered by a wide range of publications, as well as by online cooking courses and Facebook pages like Quarantine Cuisine.

24/7 Tempo has pitched in by offering suggestions for quick dishes to prepare when you have less than an hour to cook.

Here are some more detailed suggestions — a dozen recipes that sometimes take a bit of time (even overnight marinating), but that will satisfy hungry family members and fill the house with tempting cooking aromas. All recipes serve 4, with one exception, noted below.