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Quarantine Recipes for When You Wake Up at 4AM on FriMonWednesday

What day is it bitch? #Socialdistancing has revealed how flimsy the concept of time truly is. I mean even saying the word routine out loud nowadays just feels violent. 

To add insult to injury, everybody and their fucking mom are out here making banana bread and focaccia?? Now don’t get me wrong - heal as necessary and also pass me a plate. But I truly don’t know where yall are getting this energy from! While we have had more ‘time’ to discover new hobbies, I’ve been using it to recover from whatever the fuck time clock the world has BEEN on. 

Before stay-at-home orders started rolling out I was already cooking quick, easy, cheap, and yummy meals - I’m in graduate school LMAO. The hecticness of my life has always made me sacrifice my diet. In “NY Resolutions ” I explained how I often went for fast food, frozen meals, instant noodles because I really didn’t give a flying fuck what I was eating - I did not think I was worth wellness. I went over that hill, learned more about ecofeminism, went vegan, went vegetarian, went pescatarian, back vegan, back to get the picture (My stomach is literally calling me a dumb bitch all the time). To be honest, my wallet is funny honey. I can’t always afford (monetarily and with time) to cook meals with the most expensive ingredients. So as a way to combat this issue I decided to stick with the same couple of recipes for a few months; then I’ll find some more and cook those - and the cycle repeats. 

These recipes are ones that I have been rotating in and out for the past year. They take less than 30 minutes from preparation to plate, they taste bomb, and last for about two days! Go ahead and try these, let me see what you make! Tag me in your recipes on Instagram @taywaits - I would love to see how y'all put your own twist on these delicious recipes. 


Quick, Easy, and No Egg Brownies


  • 1 box of Brownie Mix 

  • 3 Eggs

  • ¾ cup of Oil

  • ¾ cup of Butter (Melted)

  • Add Walnuts, Potato Chips, or Pretzels for a Salty Crunch

  • Baking Pan


  • Preheat oven according to your pan and what the Brownie Mix recommends

  • Combine wet ingredients into bowl 

  • Add dry ingredients 

  • Empty mix into pan

  • Bake at predetermined temperature 

  • Enjoy! (Add some ice cream and cherries on top! You deserve it!)

Baked Chicken with Veggies, Rice 


  • However many servings of chicken 

  • 1 packet of onion soup mix

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

  • 1 bag of frozen vegetables

  • 90 second Jasmine Rice 

  • 1 teaspoon of butter

  • Garlic Salt, Cajun Seasoning, Pepper, Salt, Lemon Pepper (any other seasonings you want)

  • Baking Pan


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees

  • Place raw chicken into a bowl and season thoroughly

  • Place chicken into baking pan  

  • Put onion soup seasoning into bowl and mix with 1 cup of water 

  • Add frozen vegetables next to chicken in pan 

  • Empty mix into pan making sure to cover vegetables and chicken

  • Bake at predetermined temperature for 20-25 minutes

  • 5 minutes before chicken finishes heat up rice in microwave with butter and salt 

  • Fluff rice, pull out chicken and veggies from the oven

  • Serve and Enjoy!

Chickpea Entree with Rice and Naan 


  • 1 can of chickpeas/garbanzos

  • 1 premade Butter Chicken or Tikka Masala sauce

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

  • ¼ of an onion

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 1 Jalapeño

  • 90 second Jasmine Rice or Leftover Rice 

  • 1 teaspoon of butter

  • Garlic Toaster Naan

  • Garlic Salt, Cajun Seasoning, Pepper, Salt, Lemon Pepper, Turmeric, Red Pepper Flakes (any other seasonings you want)

  • 1 Medium Sized Pan


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees

  • Chop all vegetables up

  • Put oil in pan and wait for the oil to get warm

  • Put chopped veggies into oil and cook until transparent/soft

  • Add garbanzos/chickpeas and stir

  • Add sauce to pan and rice 

  • Place naan into oven 

  • Stir together for 5 minutes

  • Turn off pot, take out naan from oven 

  • Add butter to naan

  • Serve and Enjoy! Add turmeric and red chili flakes to chickpea entree. 

I hope these recipes bring you some joy in these strange times. Make sure to take it easy on yourself!

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