Easy-to-make food to boost your mood

Being quarantined at home during this harsh time can get boring and repetitive. It is best to try and keep yourself busy by learning new things, such as cooking.

Whether you already know how to cook, are just learning or have never cooked before, there are many easy food recipes that can be created with simple ingredients that can be found around your house and make for the perfect meal or snack.

Minted melon, tomato and prosciutto salad 

This dish will leave you wanting more with its quality produce and delicious taste. 

Ingredients: heirloom tomatoes, Charentais melon, prosciutto, mint leaves, crusty bread, red wine vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper. 

Step 1: Cut the tomatoes and Charentais melons into chunks.

Step 2: Make the dressing by adding 1.5 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 3 tbsp. olive oil and 1 teaspoon of honey into a small bowl and whisk it all together. 

Step 3: Toss the tomatoes and melons together in a bowl and add the dressing along with a hint of salt and pepper, mix. 

Step 4: On a clean plate, add the prosciutto and the mixture you just made on top. Sprinkle chopped mint leaves and drizzle extra dressing if you choose. Serve with a side of crusty bread and enjoy! 

Gnocchi with lemon and chive pesto 

A twist on a traditional pasta platter that will make date night extra special. 

Ingredients: garlic clove, parsley, chives, toasted pine nuts, grated parmesan, lemon juice, olive oil and gnocchi. 

Step1: Place chopped garlic, parsley, chives, pine nuts, Parmesan, lemon juice and olive oil in a small bowl, mix well. 

Step 2: Cook the gnocchi by simply following the instructions on the package. Once fully cooked, drain and put pasta in a bowl. Add the mixture you created along with shredded Parmesan and olive oil, then enjoy! 

Lime possets with raspberries (or any fruit of your choice)

This mouth-watering dessert will remind you of summertime by the pool. 

Ingredients: double cream, caster sugar, lime juice, lime zest, raspberries (or any fruit of your choice). 

Step 1: Put 200 millileters of double cream and 4 tbsp. of sugar in a small saucepan. Heat for about two minutes until boiling while constantly stirring. Turn heat off then add in lime juice and lime zest. 

Step 2: Add this mixture in a small glass cup and allow to cool for two hours (can put in the fridge for faster cooling time).

Step 3: Once cooled completely, add fruit of your choice to top it off along with lime zest and all done! 

Cooking is a fun and exciting thing to learn when stuck at home with nothing to do. It will satisfy those cravings and give you a chance to try out those recipes you might have never had the time to try out before. These delicious recipes and more can be found at bbcgoodfoods.com. 

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