Shelf stable Coronavirus meals don’t have to suck

We’re stuck inside. We’re not going to the grocery store-or worse, the grocery store is running low on fresh foods. There’s no need to eat Kraft macaroni and cheese until science develops a Covid-19 vaccine.

I’m going to be collecting shelf-stable recipes as they occur to me. I’m trying to make them as “complete” as possible, with protein, carbs and some sort of fruit and/or vegetable.

Email me if you have a good one to share.

SPAM Masubi (link to actual fancy recipe)

Lazy version:

  • Make fresh rice, mix with seasoned rice vinegar if you have it
  • Shape rice into large sushi-shaped nuggets
  • Top with a slab of heated SPAM
  • Wrap with seaweed, (sushi type sheet, cut to fit)
  • Add Wasabi, sesame seeds, sriracha, picked ginger, eel sauce, etc to taste
  • Server with soy sauce for dipping
  • Note: you can substitute hot dogs for SPAM. You can also use those Annie Chun seaweed snacks instead of the sheets. My 7-year-old is a super picky eater and she LOVES this meal. We let her put it together herself. She wraps a slice of hot dog and some rice in a seaweed snack and douses it with eel sauce. Go figure.
  • Serve dried edamame or wasabi peas on the side
  • Serve with Miso soup made from packets

Pasta parma rosa:

  • Top cooked pasta with 2 parts red sauce (with meat if you have it) and 1 part Alfredo sauce.
  • You can mix in some protein powder or canned meat for extra protein (Mix whey powder in with the Alfredo sauce before heating works well) .
  • You can also mix in some canned vegetables, I think peas, spinach, or chopped green beans are be pretty good. If you have picky kids, I hear people puree canned carrots, spinach, peas etc into the red sauce and no one’s the wiser.
  • Frozen meatballs if you have them, but that’s cheating.

Pancakes and syrup with canned fruit or applesauce.

  • Get a “Complete” mix that just needs water
  • Don’t tell the kids, but Hubs mixes in Whey powder and adds a bit more liquid for a protein packed breakfast on the sly.
  • Also you can get Kodiak brand mix, which already has the protein mixed in, but my kids don’t like it much.
  • I love pancakes with heated applesauce and cinnamon sugar on top. You do you.

Instant pot beans and rice

  • 1 1/4 cup dry beans
  • 1 1/2 cup dry rice
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3 cups broth (can sub water if no broth on hand-add salt)
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • Experiment with adding spices like cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, etc.
  • Add the beans and rice with the liquids and stir. Pour salsa over top.
  • Cook on manual/high for 25 minutes
  • Keep warm while doing slow release for 10 minutes
  • Vent and serve (if you have fresh cilantro, add it as a garnish)
  • Note: I imagine you can also make this in the crock pot, but I’m not sure about the cooking time…maybe 4 hours on high 10 hours on low and add the salsa toward the end? LMK if you make it)

Chili with canned beans

  • 3 x 15 oz cans of beans (different types add to the flavor if you have them)
  • 1 1/4 cup broth (can sub water)
  • 1 cup salsa or a can of tomatoes (can use any kind of tomatoes in a pinch, add spices to taste)
  • 3 T chocolate syrup (optional and I know it sounds weird but it is really good)
  • 1 T Taco seasoning
  • 1 T Chili powder
  • Note: use what seasonings you like/have on hand
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours
  • If you have cheese, sour cream, cilantro use as garnish
  • Tips:
  • Mix with cooked rice when serving for a complete protein
  • This is also a great way to cover the “flavor” of canned meats, e.g. chicken would be a good choice.

Baked potatoes with Hormel chili (use the chili with meat for protein)

Kraft macaroni and cheese

Ha! I know I said you didn’t “have to” eat this, but you might want to. Here’s some tips to make it healthier.

  • Skip the butter. You won’t notice.
  • You can make it with water if you don’t have milk
  • Add a half scoop of plain whey powder to boost the protein (I have never done this, if my kids ask you)
  • Mix in peas if your diners will let you get away with it.
  • Mix in canned tuna or canned chicken (see above)
  • Mix in cream cheese if you have it (I know it’s cheating) to make it creamier after you added in all the extra stuff.
  • Add milk or water when reheating to keep it from getting dry.