Now that you can’t run to the store for every little thing due to stay at home orders…. here are 50 must have DIY recipes while in isolation. From DIY disinfectant wipes to hand soap, easy homemade bread and more!
The world is different than it was even a month ago. I know everyone feels and sees at least slightly the changes that have occurred. One thing that we have noticed is that the convenient things we used to be able to ‘run and grab’ are either not available or very limited. That is when we back up a little and realize that we are capable of making these things on our own. Yes, it is much more convenient to snag a loaf of bread or jar of pasta sauce from the grocery store, but when that isn’t possible, we can make our own! I started collecting recipe ideas and realized that this is a must share. So here are 50+ MUST HAVE Recipes For Those In Isolation.
Most of these recipes are food, but there are so many household recipes I have included too! These are all great for using pantry staples and making things that you might otherwise not be able to get to right now.
Bagels in any form are a great item to have stock of. These bagels can also be stored in the freezer!
If you are a coffee drinker who likes a little creamer in it, now is not the time to run out! Whether you like powdered non-dairy or the liquid creamy style, these are a must! Both options can be flavored your way too!
If you have run out of the boxed pancake or waffle mix, don’t worry. You can make your own! If you want to step up your breakfast try our Banana Pancakes or Pumpkin Waffles!
Speaking of breakfast, we love cinnamon rolls. These make a sweet breakfast or a tasty dessert.
English muffins are one of my favorite breakfast breads. BUT they also are the perfect base for a quick pizza lunch or grilled cheese!
Biscuits and Gravy are always a win in our home. These biscuits with this sausage gravy will help you win breakfast!
Lunch & Dinner
This peasant bread will warm your home and then later your tummy. This is a versatile bread perfect for a pat of butter with jam or to make a delicious sandwich for lunch. Or try this delicious yeastless bread that only takes 4 simple ingredients!
Homemade Lunch / Dinner
Don’t worry… we have an amazing substitute for the blue box Kraft Mac & Cheese – you must try this Homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe!
So many recipes start with chicken broth. Why not start with a good batch of easy homemade chicken broth?
Soup is a fabulous way to stretch ingredients that you already have. You can use canned, frozen or fresh veggies and soup is delicious with or without meat! These are our favorite 12 soups that can be made in the crock pot!
You can also dress up a simple can of soup like this version of canned tomato soup.
Taco night is not the same without delicious refried beans. The best thing, in my opinion, is that they also make a great snack, lunch or salad topper!
Another must have for taco night and lunches are tortillas. This recipe is so good that you may never want to buy store bought tortillas again!
You can’t have taco Tuesday without this Homemade Salsa! Tortillas are not just for taco tuesday, though. These Pizza Quesadillas are a favorite for us!
You might also not want to buy store bought pita any longer either after you try this recipe!
Pasta is a given. It’s comfort food and can be super healthy! Can be healthy. You can make pasta and sauce at home, here is how!
Rolls are a super simple way to stretch dinner and help feed more people for less. They also make a great alternative to bread to make sandwiches for lunch the next day! And don’t forget to make your own butter, there is no other way to do it!
Isolation doesn’t have to get in your way of pizza friday! Try this pizza crust and delicious sauce made from tomato paste.
Ice cream is one of our favorite treats. We all know it can be made with an ice cream maker but what about without one? Try this Vanilla recipe or this Peach Ice Cream recipe.
Remember the tortilla recipe I shared above? Easily turn them into a sweet treat with cinnamon, sugar!
Skip the box and make your own brownie mix. Top it with one of the ice cream above and maybe even some homemade chocolate syrup.
Chocolate pudding is a delicious and simple treat. Did you know that you can make it homemade?
Popcorn is a great snack. With all the isolation, we plan on watching quite a few movies which means we need lots of popcorn. You can buy microwave popcorn, but buying kernels in bulk is so much cheaper and can be made on the stove top or in an instant pot super easily! You can also do your own microwave popcorn bags!
Don’t forget that you can make your own popcorn seasoning too!
One thing that we have found being in this isolation is that we like to snack. Whipping up this easy Southwestern Dip makes it easy to eat a ton of veggies!
Bread and Butter Pickles make a delicious snack, addition to a cheese board or of course o cheeseburger.
Soft pretzels are one of our favorite snacks. We dip them into mustard, cheese dip or even pizza sauce!
Applesauce is one of my kids’ favorite ways to eat apples. If they are running low on the jars or squeeze pouches at the store, just make your own. P.S. It tastes so much better!
My kids love chocolate milk and what is better than homemade chocolate milk mix!
Jam is essential. I really like mixed berry but this pineapple looks amazing too. If you have an instant pot, these recipes might be perfect for you!
DIY Recipes For The Home
Running out of face wash might seem detrimental, but this simple recipe will keep your skin going strong!
Just as simple as the face wash, is hand soap. Now is definitely not the time to run out of hand soap! This will have your hands squeaky clean in no time!
If your house is like mine, you’re doing more dishes than normal these days. I would not want to run out of dishwasher tabs right now, so making these is a must!
You can’t even buy it in the store, but we need hand sanitizer more now than ever! So don’t worry about not finding it on the shelves, you can make your own!
On the same note, it’s important to keep our house sanitized also! If you can’t find disinfecting wipes, you can make your own! Check it out here. If you prefer a disinfecting spray, this is a great one!
Just because we are all quarantined in our houses, we still have laundry. This laundry soap sounds like it’s a fantastic and easy recipe!
A produce wash may help keep your produce fresh longer and keep the germs off of them.
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