Firstly, I hope everyone is well. I never thought that I would ever be writing a post like this in my life, however many of you have requested this due to the Covid – 19 outbreak.
Recipes using pantry essentials or frozen veg/meat
We went through the site and chose recipes that are simple to make and ones that focus on store cupboard staples and freezer friendly ingredients. I wrote this recipe before I realised that people were struggling to get hold of eggs and so we have a couple of new posts coming for egg free desserts/baking and recipes using grains and pulses.
Some of these recipes will need substitutions of fresh produce for frozen. You may need to skip ingredients if you don’t have them in and work with what you have to hand.
I have tried to add any recipes that will use ingredients that you are likely to have.
We listened to what you asked for, and are sharing recipes that will work for Dinner mainly. There may be some recipes that look like they are suited to a particular time of the day only. In my world though, Breakfast for Dinner is totally ok.
This is a recipe my mum makes a lot. It is a recipe that always seems to go down well with others too and is so simple to make. It is flavourful, healthy, delicious and gluten free. You can skip the tadka at the end as I do some times.
Delicious, Warming, Comforting, Nourishing and Nutritious Mung Daal is our go to comfort meal.
This Oven Baked Salmon is a lovely way to serve salmon. It is very quick to make (JUST 15 minutes) and so delicious. This Salmon is vibrant, moist, flaky, citrusy and seasoned beautifully. A perfect easy weeknight meal for busy people and great for meal prep.
Fancy making an easy version of Biryani? This one pot akni is just that! Vibrant colours, Fluffy Rice and Aromatic Flavours make Akni the dish that everyone loves. This is the ultimate comfort food that has all the flavours of Biryani minus the hard work and layering. This is a Memon Akni recipe that is very popular.
This One Pot Lemon Chicken and Thyme Orzo is made using very few ingredients, it is super quick and easy to make (30 minutes) and it is a dish that everyone will enjoy. It is also so so delicious.
One of our favourite meals is this delicious and easy oven baked chicken cooked with citrus flavours and herbs.
Chickpeas are having a real moment right now but in South Asian households, they have always been the star of the show and in this Indian Chickpea, Coconut and Lemon Stew, they are the most important part of the dish. I think their popularity is in direct correlation (This is GCSE Maths in action) to the Vegan movement that is taking place at the mo.
A blog favourite – A simply divine Masala Fish recipe courtesy of my Aunt. Packed with flavour, the fish is marinaded and cooked and then added to an incredibly spice infused masala sauce. A ridiculously EASY recipe made using only store cupboard ingredients.
This Salmon and Vegetable Traybake with Coconut Rice is a terrific way to serve salmon that is just so delicious, nutritious and makes for a great mid week meal.
This braised eggs and butterbean shakshuka or any variation of it, is what I make at the end of a long week, when the fridge is full of odds and ends. It is easily adaptable and can be bulked out to make for a more substantial meal.
This is Egg, Mushroom, Potato and Spinach Hash my way. A breakfast favourite with potatoes that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. This is one of the easiest recipes ever and one you will come back to time and time again.
A turkish soup recipe given to our class from a fellow student.
For anyone who doesn’t like any of the above, here are some alternatives:
A good bread recipe that freezes well –
Read a post on pantry staples and freezer essentials here with recipes for marinades and freezer smoothie bags.
Naturopathic/Tibb Advice via Hakim Salim Khan
‘In the light of the current situation worldwide regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are some guidelines by Principal M Salim Khan which can help protect us from this new outbreak.
(Before we get into it, if you have high temperature or a new, continuous cough, please follow the guidance of your national health authority. For the UK, see the NHS guidelines at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/)
The following guidelines have been put together by the Principal of the College of Medicine and Healing Arts (M Salim Khan) based on the Tibb tradition of healthcare and medicine. These guidelines also incorporate the current advice given by the NHS (particularly hygiene).
Wash hands with soap and water often, for 20+ seconds.
Always wash your hands when you get home or into work.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (not hands) if you cough/sneeze. Bin used tissues immediately and wash hands.
Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands.
NUTRITIONAL & HERBAL PRECAUTIONS
Use olive leaf tea made with pure, clean olive leaves.
External use of essential oils e.g. frankincense, lavender. Minimise use of animal products: chicken, meat, fish, etc.
Avoid the use of sugar and soft drinks.
Avoid the use of iced and cold drinks.
Use high potency Vitamin C (500mg, 2 to 3 times a day).
Use warm water with Himalayan salt to gargle twice a day.
Use black seed to support the immune system.
PSYCHOLOGICAL & EMOTIONAL PROTECTION
Avoid obsessive and fearful thinking, while remaining conscientious and aware. Remember that a lot of the news is sensational, designed to cause fear. Anxiety and panic weaken the immune system.
Continue and increase individual meditation and prayer practices.
PHYSICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Get regular, gentle exercise (e.g. 20-min walk in nature).
Get plenty of fresh, clean air (avoid stale, stagnated air).’
Self Care advice during times of anxiety
I have been wanting to touch on this topic for the last few days but felt, who am i to speak on this? Hello imposter syndrome. After some thought, I decided that given my experience with debilitating anxiety, I would share what I can about self care during times of heightened anxiety.
Something that has really really helped with my anxiety and fear over the years is a journaling practice. It helps me to process my emotions any time that I feel a little anxious/lost/sad/confused etc.
Honour your emotions during difficult times
It is absolutely OK to feel everything you are feeling. Bare in mind that not everyone will be experiencing the same emotions as you and that is fine too.
It is also important to not take on other peoples emotions. So be very wary of who you are choosing to surround yourself with, the emotions you may be exposing yourself to and the information you are taking in.
You may feel perfectly fine or you may feel worried, confused, scared or uneasy. Whatever you are feeling is yours to feel.
Allow yourself to feel and experience what you are, whilst working through it. Give yourself compassion, grace and kindness along the way. Above all, do what works for you without any judgement.
Other things to consider
Seek out connection in new ways. If self isolating, online connection with people you trust and like is a good idea.
Maintain as much routine as possible but be aware that you may not be able to do as much as you normally would.
Nourish and honour your body and know that it/and you deserve the very best. Keep in mind that you have to do what works for you. Don’t feel like you have to do what everyone else is doing.
Try and stay present – It is all too easy to get distracted when everything/everyone around you is different. Meditation, sitting still and being present is a lovely way of connecting with yourself. If meditation proves challenging, try the 4, 7, 8 breathing technique before heading out for the day/before any task you find cumbersome.
Practice gratitude every morning – Think of 1 thing you are greatful for and try to repeat the exercise every morning.
What feelings and emotions have been coming up for me recently?
e.g. loss of control, anxiety.
Where do I feel them in my body?
e.g. in my chest and throat.
Have I felt emotions in the same place in my body before?
What types of things work for me, when I am working through my feelings?
e.g. journaling, walking, being around nature.
Who have I been meaning to connect with that I could reach out to?
e.g. an old friend, a new aquaintance.
On which online platforms do I feel a sense of community and connection? (Platforms that don’t feel overwhelming).
How might I be able to connect with people that I love, if self isolating?
e.g skype, watsapp.
Who makes me feel good/positive/happy?
e.g. close family, friends, online community.
Can I make what I see on my feed more positive or nurturing? By following people or hashtags that make me feel uplifted.
e.g. yes, I can follow positivity pages.
How can I look after myself as I navigate the feelings arising inside me right now?
e.g. Pour into myself more, meditate, prayer, face masks, salt baths, walks.
What is one thing I can do that will feel nourishing to me?
e.g. wake up before the kids and get some time to myself before the day begins.
Is there anything I can do creatively during this time, that will help me to feel calm?
e.g. writing poetry, painting, drawing, photography.
**Please see our follow up post on Self Care during Self Isolation here. This was requested by some of you and I do hope it is useful to you.
I really hope that this post is useful for you. I hope it serves as a reminder of just how strong, able, resilient and powerful you are. How you treat yourself during times of uncertainty, is so important. Pour into yourself. You are deserving of kindness, space, time and goodness.
Your feelings are valid. One of the most frustrating things in the world is feeling something painful and having other people tell you that you shouldn’t be feeling that way.
We are only human, and we are going to have times when we feel fear, sadness, confused. We may also be feeling something and not have the words to express what that is.
Accept whatever your feelings are and allow yourself space to navigate through this in whatever way works for you.
Also remember, even in difficulty, there is ease. Even in isolation there is a benefit to you, to the community and to wider society.
Try and use this as an opportunity to reconnect, restore, reevaluate, recalibrate and rejuvenate. There is goodness in everything and every trial, every difficulty and every season is an opportunity for growth and a chance for you to bloom.
There is so much beauty in slowing down and pairing back. I wrote about this a while ago. You can read that here.
If you are feeling overwhelmed right now, know that soon you will be able to step back and see that this process, resulted in huge growth and development for you.
Love and good wishes – Safira x