20 Easy Stay at Home Recipes

20 Easy Stay at Home Recipes

These 20 easy stay at home recipes give lots of great options for dinner, dessert and side dishes when you are self isolating or quarantining.

We are in complete shut down here in Ohio. Our governor has ordered a stay-at-home mandate as a way to stem the increase in coronavirus cases. 

Who knows how long this time will last. Thank goodness I love to cook and bake. While I am not doing much entertaining, this has been a great time for family bonding.

We are hunkering in place. The kids are working on their academics online, most likely through the end of the school year, and we are spending lots of time as a family.

Family dinners every night have returned because my kids aren’t heading to baseball practice or swim.

We’re having family dinner conversations and spending time talking about things that are important – staying healthy, goals and what we see in the days ahead.

Recipes perfect for hunkering down

I’m lucky to have a food blog with lots of easy stay at home recipes that are perfect for this time hunkering down.

While my grocery store is usually out of toilet paper and disinfectant wipes, I’ve had no problem stocking up on meats and produce.

Many of my friends and Home & Plate followers have been requesting my recipes and as always, I am happy to share.

Everyone has turned to cooking from home. It’s a way to pass the time and feel productive. I’d say it’s also a great form of entertainment.

Some of my friends are trying their hand at homemade bread. With restaurants and bars closed, others are indulging in quarantini cocktails at home.

With more time on our hands, we can try those time intensive recipes that we may not have otherwise made.

The weather is turning to more spring-like temperatures and that’s a perfect time to get the grill ready for the season.

My kids have also been helping in the kitchen with their recipe favorites. Will is particularly fond of my honeycrisp apple crisp. Ben has his hand in the cookie jar.

I find being in the kitchen is a great way to alleviate the anxiety of what the future holds.

Food seems to be a measure of comfort for lots of people. So turn off the TV and sign off social media and get productive – in the kitchen. 

20 Easy Stay at Home Recipes

1. Hash Brown Chicken Casserole

My Hash Brown Chicken Casserole can be made easily with staples in the pantry already. What’s easier than tossing together tender bits of roasted chicken breast, hash brown potatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and your favorite mixed vegetables.

Hash Brown Chicken Casserole
This easy cheesy hash brown chicken casserole hits the spot on a cold fall night. Can you say comfort food?
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pan of Hash Brown Chicken Casserole

2. Sweet Potato Hash with Ground Turkey

This dish uses a cast-iron skillet and bonus – it is so versatile. But any oven-safe pan will do. You can make this recipe for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Hash
From skillet to plate in 30 minutes, this easy ground turkey and sweet potato hash is the ideal dish for a weeknight dinner or a weekend breakfast.
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overhead of skillet of turkey hash and sweet potatoes

3. Baked Honey Barbecue Chicken

These baked honey barbecue chicken wings and legs are caramelized to perfection and have a sweet and sticky flavor that is just delicious.

Baked Honey Barbecue Chicken
Baked Honey Barbecue Chicken is slow roasted and basted with a honey ketchup glaze that results in fall-off-the-bone deliciousness no one can resist!
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Baked chicken legs on a platter

4. Individual (Mini) Chicken Pot Pies

These pot pies are neatly contained and creamy delicious. Great comfort food with less guilt. Pick up a rotisserie chicken, pie crust and a bag of frozen veggies. The rest of the ingredients are basic pantry staples.

Individual (Mini) Chicken Pot Pies
Enjoy a classic in a smaller portion. These individual pot pies are mini servings but just as delicious as the whole pie!
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Fork placed inside a bowl of chicken pot pie

5. Oven Baked Beef Brisket

Served along side baby carrots and redskin potatoes or mashed potatoes, this meal is easy to plan ahead for dinner tonight.

How to Cook Beef Brisket in the Oven
Beef brisket is the perfect winter comfort food after a long day. Nothing fills the belly better than tender, melt in your mouth oven baked beef brisket.
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Baked beef brisket sliced across the grain

6. Oven Baked Barbecue Ribs

Tender and meaty, these ribs are loaded with flavor. Coated with a homemade dry rub, these pork ribs are then slow roasted before being slathered with a sweet bbq sauce and finished off on the grill.

Baby Back Barbecue Ribs
These oven baked barbecue ribs are fall off the bone delicious and are hands down the best way to enjoy summer!
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Closeup of baked barbecue ribs

7. Braised Beef Short Ribs

Have you ever made braised short ribs? What seems like something you’d order in a fancy restaurant is actually so easy to make at home.

Easy Braised Beef Short Ribs Recipe (with Red Wine)
Fall off the bone tender and delicious, this oven braised beef short ribs recipe is cooked in a rich gravy and is so easy to make.
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bowl of short ribs on polenta

8. Chorizo and Chicken Rice Skillet

This chicken fried rice has a kick from the sausage and is the perfect adult version. It’s easy to make with basic pantry staples.

Easy Chorizo and Chicken Mexican Yellow Rice Recipe
This 30 minute chorizo and chicken Mexican yellow rice recipe features spicy chorizo sausage, tender chicken and vegetables infused in saffron flavored rice.
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9. Ancho Chile Pork Chops

Five minutes of prep work to start the day can result in an easy and delicious pork chop dinner the whole family will love. 

How to Make Easy Bone-In Oven Baked Pork Chops
Juicy and tender tender pork chops are rubbed in a spicy ancho chile dry rub and seared on the stove top before being finished in the oven. All in under 30 minute.
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10. Southern-Inspired Shrimp & Grits

Grits, mainly a traditional breakfast side dish, are not just for breakfast anymore. Mixed with cheese, bacon or ham, they are popping up on dinner plates around the country.

Easy Southern Shrimp and Grits Recipe with Instant Grits
A true Southern dish, these shrimp and grits are creamy and cheesy and taste delicious. Made with quick-cooking grits, this easy shrimp recipe can be on your table in under 30 minutes.
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11. Buffalo Chicken Tortellini (One-Pot)

Pick up a rotisserie chicken and a bottle of Frank’s buffalo wing sauce for this pasta recipe.

One Pot Buffalo Chicken Tortellini
Enjoy cheesy tortellini with chunks of tender chicken tossed in a creamy, buffalo Alfredo sauce.
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Overhead view of chicken tortellini near bottle of wing sauce

12. Pearl Couscous with Roasted Vegetables

This dish is an easy way to get your daily fill of vegetables. Pair it with pearl couscous for a delicious side.

Easy Pearl Couscous with Roasted Vegetables Recipe
Pearl Couscous with Roasted Vegetables is a healthy alternative to traditional pasta salads. Go against the grain by serving this summer salad at your next get together.
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Overhead view of bowl of pearl couscous with vegetables next to cutting board of vegetable

13. Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Healthy and delicious with a sweet taste, these brussel sprouts are not your grandma’s recipe!

Best Ever Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts
My maple roasted brussels sprouts are the ideal side dish for any holiday dinner.  They are caramelized with sweet onions, crunchy pecans and drizzled with a maple mustard dressing.
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Closeup of Maple Roasted Brussel sprouts in a bowl with a spoon

14. Breaded Roasted Cauliflower

If you toss cauliflower in Panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, then roast those florets until they are caramelized a golden brown, the flavor is fantastic!

Easy Roasted Cauliflower with Panko and Parmesan
This roasted cauliflower with Panko is first dredged in special bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese before being roasted until nutty brown. This easy cauliflower recipe transforms this bland vegetable into something irresistible that no one can turn down.
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15. Easy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes are a pantry staple and all you need for this recipe is butter and milk.

How to make ahead and reheat mashed potatoes
Learn how to reheat mashed potatoes after making them ahead of time. These make-ahead mashed potatoes are easy to make ahead of time and reheat and will be the most popular dish on your dinner table.
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16. Copycat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Even though these restaurants are likely closed you can make these at home. Of course you can’t eat just one!

Copycat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Soft and chewy, these old fashioned copycat oatmeal raisin cookies are better than what you get at McDonald’s, Panera or Subway.
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Oatmeal raisin cookies on a baking rack.

17. S’mores Brownie Bars

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a summer favorite year round. My s’mores brownie bars are the perfect year-round bonfire treat.

How to Make the Best S’mores Brownie Bars (Easy Recipe)
S’mores Brownie Bars are everything you love about a traditional s'more including graham crackers, chocolate and ooey gooey marshmallows. No fire required!
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18. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Everyone needs a little sweet tooth to get through this time. How about fudge? Just 3 Ingredients Needed!

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
Three ingredients and a few hours are all you need to make delicious chocolate peanut butter fudge.
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19. Grapefruit Salty Dog

All you need for this quarantini is vodka, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit juice and salt. Drink up!

How to Make the Best Salty Dog Cocktail
Salty and tart, this grapefruit salty dog cocktail recipe is the ideal refresher for 5 o’clock.
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20. Firefly Cocktail (using sweet tea vodka)

Two ingredients required and the taste is fantastic!

Firefly Cocktail (using sweet tea vodka)
Spiked with a little sweet tea vodka, this Firefly drink is the perfect summer cocktail for those hot summer nights.
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