5 Fun Easy Recipes To Cook For Your Family While Social Distancing

While you probably missed your local foodie spots, the silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions has been the extra time to cook. It’s easy to disconnect with your kitchen by playing the ‘I’m too busy’ card. 

This crisis is presenting an opportunity to rediscover the heart of the house: the kitchen. With restaurants, eateries and now supermarkets, all pivoting into food delivery, there’s never been an easier time to get ingredients sent to you. 

So, ‘Nigella’ or ‘Jamie’, add these ingredients to your shopping list for your next, on or offline, Woolies visit. For the staples and delicious bakery goods, leave that to us

Crank up the heat on your cooking skills and give your fam something to look forward to each day, while we keep socially distant. 

1. Carrot, pumpkin and sweet potato soup (+ sourdough) 

Hello autumn! We’re not even missing you, summer, with this delectable dish. Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 2-1/2 cups butternut pumpkin peeled and chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato peeled and chopped
  • 3 medium carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 3 cups fat-free milk 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds. 

Steam the pumpkin, sweet potato and carrots for 12-16 minutes or until tender. Once cool, transfer to a food processor and add juice concentrate. Process until smooth. 

Move contents to a large saucepan, stir in milk, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat until ready. Add soup into bowls and top with sour cream, chives, and sesame seeds. 

Serve with: Freshly baked sourdough bread 

2. Pulled Pork Sliders 

Sweet pork and creamy slaw, layered between just-baked brioche buns… YUM! 

Here’s how to create magic: 

  • 3 cups pulled pork 
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce 
  • 1/4 cup butter 
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt or garlic salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds. 

And your ‘slaw? 

  •  1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 standard size pack cabbage/carrot mix. 

Start with your ‘slaw mix, put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir together. For the sliders, preheat the oven, slide the bottom half of your buns on a tray to lightly toast. Bed the pork over the top with BBQ sauce and put the tops on. 

In a small pot, combine butter, Worcestershire sauce, onion/garlic salt, and poppy seeds, and stir over medium heat until butter melts. Slowly pour the butter mixture over the top of the buns. Bake for 10-15 minutes, sit for a few minutes, and add a spoonful of slaw. 

Serve with: Delicious seeded brioche buns  

3. Ham & Cheese Croissants 

This is the perfect cheeky breakfast or mid-afternoon snack. Grab half a dozen croissants and keep these on hand for sweet or savoury moods. As you cut open that fantastic flaky delight, try not to sneak a bite. The only thing that makes a plain croissant better is ham and melted cheese. 

BUT… don’t stop there. Here are some other croissant-stuffing ideas. 

  • Melted chocolate and toasted pistachios 
  • Sliced strawberries and Nutella 
  • Brie, bacon and honey (OH YEEEAH!) 
  • Any kind of savoury leftovers. 

Go on! You know you want to… 

Buy ingredients: Bakery-fresh croissants 

4. Spinach & Ricotta Pizza 

Imagine, sinking your teeth into a slice of crispy home-made fresh pizza, cosied up with the fam. It doesn’t get much better than this. 

Here’s how to make it: 

  • 1 Glenroy Bakery pizza base with sauce
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh parmesan cheese 
  • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach 
  • Optional: 1 tsp minced garlic… Italians never put garlic on pizza 😉 
  • 1 sliced tomato 
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese… the HERO ingredient. 

Top the pizza base with mozzarella, garlic, parmesan, spinach, then ricotta. Bake in a preheated oven 10-15 minutes until the cheese has melted. Add tomato slices and cook for another 5 minutes. 

Buy ingredients: Fresh ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan & the pizza base with sauce

5. Fudgy Chocolate Brownie 

Mmmmmm, super dooooooper fudgy cocoa brownies. Is there a better recipe to end on? Nope! 

So, here we go: 

  • 1/2 cup melted butter 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt (leave out if using salted butter). 

Start by greasing a pan and preheating the oven. In a medium bowl, blend melted butter, cocoa, and sugar. Combine eggs and vanilla extract, stir well, then add flour and salt. Add the butter mixture, stir well, and pour into pan. Bake for 20-22 minutes. 

Buy ingredients: Free range eggs & plain flour 

OR want the easy button? Here’s a chocolate cake that can’t be beaten. Shhhh, we won’t tell your fam. 

Dust off your creased apron, tie it up and wear your ‘cook’ title, proudly. And, we’ll help you master the staples that make your meals successful. If you’d like to speak with one of our friendly staff about your specific needs, call us on (03) 9312 8600. To enquire, you can also email info@glenroybakery.com.au or use this contact form

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