Homebound and Hungry: Staying Sane Despite Shutdowns

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You’re trying to figure out how to telecommute, your kids are home and bored, and that island-crazy manic feeling is starting to creep up behind your eyeballs.

What is there to do to make your day interesting, fun and productive?

Food is a great place to start. 

Another positive thought is that a mandatory shut-in is also a reprieve of sorts. It will allow you to concentrate on things usually shunted off due to lack of time and interest. All of a sudden, that new-ish cookbook is looking more like a novel asking you to turn the page and just try one new recipe, because you’ve got the time!

Take a deep breath, wash your hands (yes, this is a mantra) and dive into these options:

  • Gather a list of recipes you’ve been wanting to make. Sort them a bit, so that potential leftovers – or leftover raw ingredients – can be used for the next meal. This is the way our grandparents ate. Very little tossed out, all parts went back in, and people ate more healthfully.
  • Speaking of eating well, ask your family to make their own shopping lists of what they want to eat. Work with them to include fresh fruits, vegetables and bake-from-scratch stuff. 
  • This is prime time to cook with kids. There are dozens of websites out there focusing on just that, and on making it a fun experience for all at the same time. If they cook it, chances are really high they will eat it. Score!
  • If you need to get outside in this beautiful weather – and who wouldn’t? – then take a picnic to a park, or to a beach, and just make sure to stay a healthy distance from others. The food you take could be fast-food takeout (a Big Mac tastes amazing on a beach) or you could make sandwiches together, or even throw together a charcuterie and cheese plate. Toss in some beach towels and drinks, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a relaxing afternoon.
  • You may have to talk to each other! This will be, in the long run, the best of what comes out of this trial. Family meals can become the norm instead of the exception.