Self-Isolation Recipes That are Easy to Make and Use Basic Ingredients

Words: Katrina Rose Wind

Now that we have all been advised to self-isolate, it’s can be tricky to think of inspiring ways to prepare yummy dishes. But we’re here to tell you that you can still make delicious meals with canned goods and budget-friendly pantry staples.

Tinned Tuna Recipes

self-isolation recipes
self-isolation recipes

Zesty Tuna Fishcakes With Chive and Dill

Time to put that tinned tuna you’ve stockpiled in your pantry to good use! Believe it or not, canned tuna makes utterly moreish fishcakes. Don’t stress if you don’t have some of the fresh ingredients like herbs that the recipe calls for, you can always substitute or omit.

Recipe for Tuna Fishcakes

Tuna Salad

Chances are that apart from tinned tuna, you got some tinned legumes in your kitchen right now too. Why not mix it together for this refreshing, healthy and delicious salad with beans, boiled eggs and a parsley dressing. A perfect self-isolation recipe that is packed with protein.

Recipe for Tuna Salad

Recipes for Tinned Legumes

self-isolation recipes
self-isolation recipes

Warm Barley and Chickpea Salad With Roasted Vegetables

Good things to have in your pantry while we self-isolate are grains, tinned legumes, and vegetables. It’s a good thing this dish has all three. A belly-filling feel-good salad that is perfect for when you’re self-isolating.

Recipe for Warm Barley and Chickpea Salad With Roasted Vegetables 

Spiced Pumpkin Chickpea Pot

This self-isolation recipe is a mildly flavoured vegetarian dish that is perfect for dinner. If you don’t have pumpkin, you can always replace it with potatoes or other root vegetables you have. Remember that potatoes have a long shelf life, great for when you’re self- isolating.

Recipe for Spiced Pumpkin Chickpea Pot

Warm Quinoa Salad With Roasted Cauliflower And Chickpeas

A warm salad that is jam-packed with nutritious ingredients you would hope for in a salad. A spicy citrus dressing finishes this warm salad off perfectly, a self-isolation recipe that will leave you thinking why you didn’t think of it sooner.

Recipe for Warm Quinoa Salad With Roasted Cauliflower And Chickpeas

Refried Black Beans Taco

Black beans don’t get enough credit, they are so delicious, so healthy, and so versatile. If you don’t have tacos, you can use wraps instead or anything that you have on hand.

Recipe for Refried Black Beans Taco

self-isolation recipes

Chunky Lentil and Chorizo Soup

This dish will not only be great to feed a whole family but it’s a great way to stretch ingredients. Lentils, the grain that just keeps on giving! If you don’t have chorizo in your kitchen substitute with any other regular sausages you may have or even any other protein.

Recipe for Chunky Lentil and Chorizo Soup

Chicken Quinoa Salad With Pomegranate

Quinoa is such an incredible superfood. So many nutrients, so incredibly good for you, such a good kitchen staple. This salad is not only yummy and easy but packed with protein.

Recipe for Chicken Quinoa Salad With Pomegranate

Some Self- Isolation Yummy Bites

self-isolation recipes

Rice Shakshuka

Self-isolation recipes don’t have to be boring. This is not just breakfast food, this is a yummy, quick meal for the family. This version is made with a rice base which helps make it go further.

Recipe for Rice Shakshuka

Caprese Aubergine Burgers with Creamy Basil Sauce

Just because you’re self isolating doesn’t mean you can’t continue to live a healthy lifestyle!  No carb Caprese Aubergine Burgers with a Creamy Basil Sauce. If you are able to get fresh veggies, this is a great way to use them.

Recipe for Caprese Aubergine Burgers Creamy Basil Sauce 

If you want to know more about the coronavirus and what to buy, make sure to check out our guide on what to get.


The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has a toll-free number for the public that deals with Covid 19 related issues or questions: 0800 029 999. The line is operated 24 hours a day.

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