Our most popular quarantine recipes


We’ve published hundreds of recipes here on Eat This, Not That! over the years, from light recipes to hard recipes to healthy recipes to decadent recipes to incredibly tasty and whimsical recipes that get you covered for just about any occasion you can possibly imagine. Given our unlimited love for food and cooking – and given the fact that more Americans than ever cook during our nationwide lockdown – we couldn’t help but wonder: What are people really doing?

If you’ve been thinking the same thing, that’s good news! We are here to tell you. We’ve been following our huge reservoir of recipes on our site since March 1 (the date that very loosely understood to be the “beginning” of quarantine), and we’ve isolated the specific recipes that our dear readers (thank you!) Have returned to again and again – and we must say, you have wonderful taste!

So without a doubt, here are our most popular quarantine recipes – ranked from the most viewed first and in descending order of popularity.

Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

It seems that everyone in Quarantine is about making this whipped coffee recipe, which is why we made it in three different flavors! To make the frothy coffee drink whiskey together equal parts instant coffee, sugar and hot water until the texture of the mixture becomes creamy – almost like whipped cream. You then serve it over hot or iced milk.

Get our recipe for whipped coffee.

Cut meatloaf for dinner
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

People crave comfort food in quarantine, which makes sense why our Cracker Barrel Meatloaf recipe is our second most popular recipe. While meatloaf can be made in all different ways, we decided to follow the ingredient list on Cracker Barrel’s site to get the most authentic recipe experience. According to Cracker Barrel, their meatloaf recipe has tomatoes, onions and green pepper. Therefore, this recipe has a whole can of tomatoes as well as cubes, green pepper and onions.

Get our recipe for Copycat Cracker Barrel Meatloaf.

8 ideas about chicken marinade in plastic bags.
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Sick of quarantining the chicken in the same old boring ways? Here are eight smart ways to marinate your chicken by giving them a unique new flavor for dinner and spice up your dinner (or lunch!) Routine.

Get our recipe for chicken marinades.

Crock pot beef ragu recipe with pappardelle pasta and shaved parmesan
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Sick of the usual meat sauce and meatballs on a weekday? Our readers absolutely love this beef ragu recipe. Not only is it easy to make, but this dump-and-go Crock-Pot recipe is perfect for preparing and freezing for later! The original recipe for beef ragu requires 1 cup of beef. But if you have leftovers of red wine sitting in the fridge to use, use it instead! A cup of red wine gives the beef ragu a richer taste that cannot be beaten.

Get our recipe for Crock-Pot Beef Ragu.

slow cooker beef goulash in a white serving bowl
Jason Donnelly

Now you might think that a gulash – which is a stew of meat and vegetables – would require a lot of time, but our recipe is made for your slow cooker. All you have to do is combine all the ingredients in it and let the time-saving appliance work its magic while doing what it is you need to do. It’s so easy and makes perfect sense why our readers love it so much.

Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Goulash.

pimm's cup of cocktails
Courtesy of Taylor Arnold

While we have whipped up a lot of delicious recipes while in quarantine homes, we can’t help but admit that, along with our smart meals, we’ve mixed a few cocktails into it as well. And while we love a good bottle of red or a pitcher of sangria, we can’t help but glance at some of the drinks that bartenders share on Instagram. So we decided to tap into their wisdom and see what quarantines they have sipped.

Get our recipe for quarantine cocktails.

Crock pot chicken noodle soup with bread on a table.
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Nothing beats a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup on a cold day, doesn’t it? Especially if it can be cooked with minimal effort! This Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe is the perfect meal to warm your soul when you’re stuck at home.

Get our recipe for Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup.

Slow cooker beef and beer
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This recipe is inspired by a Belgian dish called carbonnade, a large stew of beef and onion bread in beer. It’s the type of dish you want to enjoy on a cold evening, and the exact type of comfort food you want to quarantine. Spend 10 minutes preparing in the morning, then set a slow cooker on low and walk around your day. When it’s time for dinner, this bone-stick beef stew is ready.

Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Beef and Beer.

Gluten-free chicken fingers with chipotle honey
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Do you want quarantined chicken tenders? You may not be able to get to your favorite restaurant or fast food place right now, but you can enjoy these delicious homemade chicken fingers – for fewer calories, no less! Our sweet and spicy sauce also kicks the flavor into the notch, giving you a satisfying crunch from pancake bread crumbs, plus a mouthful of flavor.

Get our recipe for oven-baked chicken fingers with Chipotle honey mustard.

Healthy Italian tuna melts
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

People stock up on cans of tuna, so making a tasty tuna melt seems the perfect quarantine lunch! Our version replaces the majority of mayo with a significantly healthier supporting cast that adds flavor without adding extra fat: pesto, lemon juice, olives and onions. This means you can taste something other than fat when you eat it and feel something other than fat when you’re through.

Get our recipe for Italian tuna flour.

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chicken fajitas recipe for a plate dinner
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Looking for a light family dinner to quarantine? Well, our readers love this chicken fajitas recipe! Pan dinners are the right MVPs for weekday meals. They have the convenience of a dump-and-go as a slow-cook meal, but it only takes approx. 30 minutes to cook (instead of waiting four to eight hours for a meal!)

Get our recipe for Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas.

Paleo chicken scallop
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Our readers love finding new ways to cook chicken breasts and especially love this chicken scallop recipe. Our lighter, more authentic version wraps chicken and sage in a layer of prosciutto, which then becomes a crispy skin that keeps the chicken moist as it sautées. A splash of wine and chicken stock directly in the skillet will be your 2-minute sauce. Just the latest proof of why simpler is so often better.

Get our recipe for Chicken Scaloppine.

crisp cod with sweet potatoes in a basket
Brie Passano

Are you missing a hot plate of fish and chips from your favorite restaurant? Well, our readers are especially interested in making this crispy torque script! This cod recipe, made with sweet potatoes, is made by baking fish and chips in the oven instead of dipping them in a deep fryer. We promise that you won’t even miss the deep-fried version after you take a bit of this crispy scoop.

Get our recipe for Crispy Cod with sweet potatoes.

Crock pot beef and broccolimel on rice
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Want your Chinese take-out? This homemade crock-pot beef and broccoli satisfies the craving for you faster than you think! While most slow cooker recipes take longer to cook, this one is surprisingly short and sweet. In just 2 hours, you have your favorite Chinese takeaway dish ready to eat!

Get our recipe for Crock-pot beef and broccoli.

Healthy chicken fried rice
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Looks like our readers really want to quarantine Chinese takeout! Our recipe turns fried rice upside down and relies on a ton of fresh vegetables, significantly less rice and a little oil to crisp it up.

Get our recipe for Chicken Fried Rice.

chicken enchilada stew in bowl
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Our readers love the simple dump-and-go-crock-pot meals, especially this chicken enchilada stew. The best part? You don’t need a ton of spice to do it! Let the spices and flavor from the enchilada sauce do the work for you.

Get our recipe for Crock-pot chicken Enchilada stew.

Healthy split pea soup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This split pea soup is a classic for a reason and it is one of the few and far between comfort foods that is also comforting, delicious and healthy for you.

Get our recipe for creamy split pea soup.

the night oats ended with a spoon of oats on the marble countertop
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Need a healthy breakfast to quarantine? This peanut butter night oat recipe takes less than 5 minutes to throw together and it is destined to become one of your go-to healthy breakfasts!

Get our recipe for Peanut Butter Oats.

Low calorie in chicken pot
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Chicken stew pies are important comfort foods, so it makes sense that our readers love this recipe right now. Make it a little healthier with our version, which reduces calories by more than half.

Get our recipe for Chicken Pot Pie.

Healthy chicken and dumplings
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This chicken and dumpling recipe has many of the same magical powers and core flavor of chicken noodle soup – such as root vegetables, spicy broth and shredded chicken – but is made more extensive by the addition of a roux to thicken the soup base and, you guessed it, fluffy dumplings instead of lounging noodles.

Get our recipe for chicken and bumblebees.

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healthy french pot roast
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Each culture has its own version of pot roast, the amazing slow-cooked fusion of hearty meat and vegetable pieces and flavorful broth. When it comes to choosing the best rendition, we have to go with Julia Child, who thought the French boeuf bourguignon was the world’s finest stew. Here’s an easy, healthy version to tackle the French stew.

Get our recipe for French Pot Roast.

Healthy baked ziti
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Need a healthy pasta dish that you can feel good eating? You can easily make this healthy baked ziti at home and it doesn’t weigh you down. This is homemade comfort food at its best.

Get our recipe for Baked Ziti.

plate Italian meatballs in spicy sauce
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Can you ever go wrong with a spaghetti and meatball dinner? If you are looking for a meal you can cook and eat all week, throwing a big cookie with Italian meatballs is one of the easiest tricks in the business.

Get our recipe for Italian meatballs with crock-pot.

Crock pot jambalaya in a bowl on a bed of rice ready to eat.
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Nothing strikes the place like a bowl of spicy jambalaya on a cold evening – especially when looking for quarantine comfort food. While you can make a quicker jambalaya recipe, you help by using a slow cooker to enjoy all the flavors of jambalaya. Between sausages, tomatoes and spicy cajun spices, this crock-pot jambalaya recipe is bursting with flavor.

Get our recipe for Jambalaya.

keto shredded pork shoulders in a white bowl
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

There are many reasons why this recipe is perfect for a busy weekday – the active cooking time is reduced to a minimum, you can use this versatile pork in many different ways, and it is one of the most delicious keto recipes we have ever tasted. You can wrap this pork with slaw in a low-carb tortilla and call it a keto taco, or just enjoy it as a protein-rich, low-carb dish.

Get our recipe for Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork.

Copycat cracker barrel pancake recipe for breakfast with butter and syrup
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Need something fun to throw together for your lazy weekend brunch in quarantine? Our readers are definitely obsessed with this Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancake recipe.

Get our recipe for Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancakes.

Black bean omelet
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Do you miss digging into a large omelet in the local eatery in town? It seems that our readers also lack their favorite omelettes. Make your own version at home with our popular recipe for the black bean omelet.

Get our recipe for Vegetarian Black Bean Omelet.

Healthy mac and cheese
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Boxed mac and cheese are good and all, but have you tried making your own version from scratch? It’s actually a lot easier than you think! To preserve our healthy version, we still return to this formula: a béchamel base, laced with extra-sharp Cheddar cheese and finished with a bit of yogurt to give the sauce the perfect structure. Are there more decadent bowls of mac? Definitely – but not less than 400 calories.

Get our recipe for Healthier Mac and Cheese.

Oatmeal with peanut butter and banana recipe
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

While buying a box of instant oatmeal packages seems like an easy way to make breakfast tomorrow, these packages probably won’t fill you as much as you want them to. Furthermore, they are typically packed with sugar! We solve both problems by using peanut butter and almonds to provide a rich base of healthy fats and bananas for natural sweetness and a shot of potassium. This is the kind of oatmeal you could – and should – eat 5 days a week.

Get our recipe for oatmeal with peanut butter and banana.

Beef recipe in black lined glass bowl
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Our readers use very comforting stews and soups while in quarantine, and this beef stew in red wine sauce is no exception. Use the remaining bottle of red you opened up last night and make this stew. And maybe drink more wine while you’re cooking, we’re not judging!

Get our beef recipe.

Cuban tomato and black bean soup
Jason Donnelly

There really is no such thing as a bowl of home-made soup when you crave something that will make you feel warm and tasty. We have a feeling that our recipe for a classic Cuban tomato and black bean soup is one you will turn to again and again.

Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Cuban Tomato and Black Bean Soup.

Paleo margarita chicken 
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Our readers love to make their own version of their favorite Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes! This margarita chicken recipe is obviously a favorite. Our version of margarita chicken, a meal that you can have on the table in 20 minutes, contains all the same bells and whistles (cheese! Salsa! Dizziness!), Minus all the added calories and dollars spent on eating at a restaurant.

Get our recipe for Margarita Chicken.

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keto butter baked salmon with asparagus on the side horizontally
Courtesy of Waterbury Publications

Nothing beats a classic dinner of salmon and asparagus, especially if you can smother it in butter! All you have to do is trim the ends of the asparagus, melt the butter and leave everything to bake on a plate while putting the dressing together. If you’re looking for a new dinner of the week, this baked salmon recipe has you covered.

Get our recipe for Keto Butter Baked Salmon with Asparagus.

ketchup fries closeup
Amy Sherman

Are the shelves barren ketchup? Our readers have been particularly interested in our homemade ketchup recipe. Homemade ketchup really highlights the taste of tomatoes instead of masking it with lots of vinegar, sugar and salt. Want to get creative? Add a pinch or two of powdered ginger, curry powder or some sriracha sauce for some extra spice to your ketchup.

Get our recipe for Homemade ketchup.

Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Can’t find your favorite ice cream in the store? Why not make your own with our very easy homemade ice cream recipe with no kernels! It seems our readers are also pouring a lot of homemade ice cream.

Get our recipe for Homemade Ice Cream.

Chicken salad sandwich with curry and raisins
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Need a recipe to use leftover chicken in the fridge? Our readers prepare this chicken salad to put on sandwiches, salads and more! We use a modest amount of olive oil-based mayo, and then punch up the flavor with full-bodied golden raisins and the complex tasty notes of curry powder in this chicken salad recipe. Make a big pile of the salad as part of your weekly meal planning, and work it into other sandwiches, stuffed into pitas or topping a bowl of mixed greens.

Get our recipe for chicken salad sandwich with raisins and curry powder.

Crock pot vegetarian chili recipe with cheese and cornbread for the table
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

This vegetarian crock-pot chili recipe is made with two different kinds of beans: black and kidney beans. Add the sweet corn, a sweet potato, onions and a slice of homemade cornbread (which you can easily throw together using a baking mix), and this crock-pot meal will be a delicious, vegetarian alternative to the real thing.

Get our recipe for Vegetarian Chili.

Paleo chicken pot stickers
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Do you miss your favorite Chinese dumplings around the corner? It is surprisingly easy to make your own version of this take-out classic – and our readers love it! Fortunately, making them at home is a 10-minute project, and it allows you to cut calories and increase nutrition by nailing up the bowl of mushrooms and button peas.

Get our recipe for Chicken Pot Stickers.

shrimp and broccoli with cauliflower rice sprinkled with sesame seeds green onions and sriracha
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

There is nothing like the Instant Pot that gets a delicious meal on the table in a minimal amount of time – no wonder our readers love this recipe so much in quarantine! This Instant Pot recipe can make shrimp and broccoli in not three, not two, but in just one minute.

Get our recipe for Instant Pot Shrimp and Broccoli.

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