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12 Easy Recipes To Make While Working Remotely

Remote work certainly has its perks, but for many of us it also has its challenges. In this blog series, we’ll focus on the home office, discussing ways to adapt, and conquer—both as an employer and an employee. This is post seven of the series. You can follow the rest of the series and read our past posts here.

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Working from home for the foreseeable future? If so, you’ve probably noticed that you have a little extra time on your hands. While there are plenty of ways to spend this time, like taking long walks around your neighborhood and spending close to an hour deciding what show you should binge-watch next, one of the most productive ways to spend this time is by tackling some delicious and easy recipes to make during this extended period of remote work. 

Since working from home might take you away from your usual routine, it’s important to create some structure during the day. By having three meals a day, you’ll keep yourself full, ensure your brain stays sharp, and feel emotionally satisfied as well. Here are 12 easy recipes to make while you’re working from home!

Breakfast

Huevos Rancheros Tacos

As far as food opinions go, people tend to feel strongest about breakfast food. Well, let it be known that there’s only one opinion on breakfast that matters – Huevos Rancheros are THE ultimate breakfast food. Why? They’re filled with protein, packed with flavor, and can come together in 10 minutes flat. So how do you make them even better? Put them in taco form!

John Legend’s Breakfast Sandwich

You probably thought John Legend’s talents were limited to his musical chops. If that’s what you were thinking, you should know that he also created what may be one of the best breakfast sandwiches. It’s definitely more time-consuming than huevos rancheros, but the flavor combination of pork, sage, egg, and cheese is so worth it. 

Breakfast Blondies

In life, there are two types of people –  savory breakfast people and sweet breakfast people. For those of you who fall into the latter category, these blondies are an excellent option to get your day started. They’ll keep for three days, but no one would blame (or judge) you if you finished them before that.

Lunch

Chicken Enchiladas

When working from home, your lunch should be something super tasty, super filling, and something you’re not going to groan at if you eat it another two times during the week. In short, this chicken enchilada recipe. If you DO get sick of it though, it’s freezable and you can just enjoy it later. But you won’t, trust us. 

Tuscan White Bean Soup

When you need a hearty, satisfying recipe there’s one person you can always rely on – Ina Garten. This Tuscan White Bean Soup is so delicious and so nourishing, you could probably eat it all week and NOT get sick of it. Pro-tip: dried white beans over canned white beans, always. 

Roasted Veggie Salad With Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

People joke (or not) about #SadSaladLunch all the time when they’re in the office. This is not one of those salads. It’s the perfect combination of savory and sweet, and it makes several portions to enjoy throughout the week. If you don’t like the sweetness of maple, a regular balsamic vinaigrette will do the trick as well. 

Dinner

Weeknight Bolognese

Make this pasta recipe at your own discretion – you’ll definitely want to make it every single week if given the opportunity. Plus, who wouldn’t want to make a pasta recipe that calls for just a cup and a quarter of red wine and allows you to enjoy the rest of the bottle?

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Working from home has its challenges, but it has its perks too. One such perk is getting to use your slow cooker and enjoying the smell of a delicious dinner cooking all day long. While there are books and food blogs dedicated to the art of the slow cooker, you can’t go wrong with these buffalo chicken sandwiches. It isn’t wings out at your favorite wing spot, but it’s close. 

Shakshuka

If you’re pinched for time (or just starving once the day is over), shakshuka is the perfect dinner. It’s hearty, healthy, and filling, and the likelihood that you already have all these recipes in your pantry is high. Cook on a night when it’s a little cold and you won’t regret it. 

Dessert

Sweet Potato Brownie Bites

Dessert should be an indulgence, but there’s definitely room for people who like to keep their desserts healthy. If that’s where you find yourself, these sweet potato brownies are delicious and could fool anyone into thinking they’re the real deal. Don’t believe it? Make them and get back to us. 

Lemony Turmeric Tea Cake

Looking for a little brightness in this frightening time? This lemony turmeric tea cake should easily do the trick. Plus, it also makes the perfect breakfast cake if you’re looking for a sweet start to your day.

Monkey Bread

Look, even though working remotely means more time to make something more complicated, that doesn’t mean you have to make something more complicated. Sometimes, the easiest and most minimal recipes are the most satisfying. Cue, monkey bread. It’s tempting to eat it right out of the oven, but save yourself the third-degree burns in your mouth and let it cool for a few minutes…or not.

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