When times get tough, keep the cooking simple. These five dishes start with a straightforward base and build with whatever you have on hand. Take a deep breath, go back to basics, and draw comfort from these meals.


Everything's a little strange right now, but your kitchen can be a place of comfort. We're offering five days of tips and recipes to help you stay calm and well-fed. Day 1: Keep it simple. These five recipes show you how. 

1. Chipotle Beef & Chickpea Tacos with Pico de Gallo

chipotle beef and chickpea tacos with pico de gallo
Credit: Photography by Jennifer Causey

Start with ground beef, add some seasonings, and top with beans and canned or fresh veggies.

2. Easy, Peasy Carbonara

Easy, Peasy Carbonara
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This classic pasta dish only takes five ingredients, but if you don't have the right protein or veggies on hand, just switch them out for something else. 

Recipe: Try our Easy, Peasy Carbonara

3. Garlic & Coriander Roasted Chicken

garlic and coriander roasted chicken
Credit: Photography by Jennifer Causey

Combine fresh or frozen chicken with lots of seasoning, and you've got flavorful protein to add to all sorts of dishes. Serve it with rice and veggies, add it to pasta dishes, or use it on salads and sandwiches.

4. Croque Madame Egg Crepe

croque madame egg crepe
Credit: Photography by Nicole Franzen

Master the egg crepe technique, then experiment with all sorts of toppings and mix-ins. 

Recipe: Try our Croque Madame Egg Crepes

5. Black & White Chicken Chili

black and white chicken chili

Start with frozen chicken, add whatever beans you have, mix in salsa or canned veggies, and top with your produce that's about to go bad. 

See our second quarantine kitchen tip: Keep it spicy (and saucy)