Quarantine Meals: What to Make When You Have Nothing to Make

So, you went to the store to stock up on food and essentials for the quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, when you arrive, the shelves are empty. You are hungry and upset, so you grab the only things you see in a hopeless Hail Mary to try and throw something edible together. Here are some recipes you can make with the products that got left on the shelves.

SPAM McRib 

I know, I know, it sounds disgusting. This idea comes from food blog Quirky Cookery, but since there is no official recipe, I decided to create my own. Good news, it is very simple.

You only need 3 ingredients but can add others if you please. This recipe yields six McRibs. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Can of original SPAM
  • 1 Bottle of BBQ sauce of your choice 
  • ½ of a sub bun or 1 full hot dog bun

Optional 

  • Onions
  • Pickles
Ingredients needed for the McRibs. Photo by Jessica Collins.
Ingredients needed for the McRibs. Photo by Jessica Collins.

INSTRUCTIONS: 

1. Cut spam into ¾ inch slabs. 

The spam being cut into smaller McRib shaped slabs. Photo by Jessica Collins.
The spam being cut into smaller McRib shaped slabs. Photo by Jessica Collins.

2.Cut indents to ensure the slabs are cooked evenly. These should just be small slices across the meat that do not cut all the way through. 

Indenting the Spam. Photo by Jessica Collins
Indenting the Spam. Photo by Jessica Collins

3.Turn stove burner on high. 

The burner is set to high to ensure proper cooking. Photo by Jessica Collins
The burner is set to high to ensure proper cooking. Photo by Jessica Collins

4.Sear the McRibs for 1-2 minutes on each side. 

Searing the Spam after the burner was properly heated up. Photo by Jessica Collins.
Searing the Spam after the burner was properly heated up. Photo by Jessica Collins. 

5.Place hot dog buns (or sub rolls) in the toaster for 5 minutes. This is optional and only required if you wish to have your rolls toasted.

The hot dog buns being placed into the toaster oven for 5 minutes. Photo by Jessica Collins.
The hot dog buns being placed into the toaster oven for 5 minutes. Photo by Jessica Collins.

6.Continue flipping the McRibs every 2 minutes for 4-8 minutes, depending on how much you want it cooked. 

The Spam sizzling in the pan while searing. This continuous flipping allows the meat to crisp up to your likening. Photo by Jessica Collins.

7.Take the buns out of the toaster.

Carefully taking the rolls out of the toaster oven, perfectly browned. Photo by Jessica Collins.
Carefully taking the rolls out of the toaster oven, perfectly browned. Photo by Jessica Collins.

8.Place Spam on buns and spread barbeque sauce. 

Pouring on the barbeque sauce to finish up the McRib. Photo by Jessica Collins.
Pouring on the barbeque sauce to finish up the McRib. Photo by Jessica Collins.

9.Enjoy

The finished Spam McRibs. Photo by Jessica Collins.
The finished Spam McRibs. Photo by Jessica Collins.

Egg Noodles 

This recipe is easy enough to make with a few ingredients that you probably already have in your house. Egg noodles are a great source of protein when you can’t find any meat or have recently stopped eating meat products because you tasted a Spam McRib. 

Good news again, it’s only three ingredients. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 pack of flavored ramen noodles
  • 1 egg
  • Two generous pinches of shredded cheese
The ingredients needed for the egg noodles. Photo by Jessica Collins.
The ingredients needed for the egg noodles. Photo by Jessica Collins.

INSTRUCTIONS: 

1.Boil a pot of water for the noodles.

The water for our noodles beginning to boil. Photo by Jessica Collins. 

2.Place Ramen and seasoning in (we used chicken).

Seasoning the ramen noodles with the prepackaged seasoning. Photo by Jessica Collins.
Seasoning the ramen noodles with the prepackaged seasoning. Photo by Jessica Collins.

3.Break apart the noodles and cook the ramen as packaging directs.

Assuring the noodles are properly separated before continuing. Photo by Jessica Collins.
Assuring the noodles are properly separated before continuing. Photo by Jessica Collins. 

4.Break an egg into the mixture. Be aware the egg cooks as soon as it hits the boiling water.

The cook about to break the egg into the ramen noodles. Photo by Jessica Collins.
The cook about to break the egg into the ramen noodles. Photo by Jessica Collins.

5.Stir for about a minute to make sure the egg cooks properly but does not overcook.

The mixture stirred with the egg. Photo by Jessica Collins
The mixture stirred with the egg. Photo by Jessica Collins

6.Strain the mixture into a sink with a slotted spoon.

Straining the mixture of ramen and egg into the sink. Photo by Jessica Collins.
Straining the mixture of ramen and egg into the sink. Photo by Jessica Collins.

7.After placing the mixture into a bowl, sprinkle a generous amount of shredded cheese of your choice into the ramen.

Sprinkling the cheese into the food. Photo by Jessica Collins.
Sprinkling the cheese into the food. Photo by Jessica Collins.

8.Stir and enjoy.

The finished product, with the cooked egg visible. Photo by Jessica Collins.
The finished product, with the cooked egg visible. Photo by Jessica Collins.

These meals can be taken seriously, or you can go for a bit of adventure and experiment in your free time with these recipes. This quarantine and pandemic have taught us to use our resources when we have no resources. We should be able to take what we have and make something fun and exciting and just roll with it.

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