Things To Cook During A Day At Home

Make the most of being at home all day with these recipes!

Make the most of being at home all day with these recipes!

Working from home can be crazy, right? Especially if you’re not used to it. But it’s not without its perks! 

Aside from working in your pajamas, you can also have recipes cooking during the day while you work. You can even take some time to break out your Instant Pot and learn how to use it. 

In this article we’re going to talk about some great recipes that you can leave simmering during the day while you work from the comfort of your home. If you’re running out of supplies, we can also help you to make the most of your Pantry Basics and turn those cans into delicious, satisfying meals!


Of course, soup is an amazing idea for a slow-cooked meal that can be perfect for all members of your family.

But right now it’s not all that easy to find some of your typical soup staples like chicken breast or ground beef. You should take this as an opportunity to try making a soup that’s outside of your comfort zone. I recommend Oxtail Soup.

If you have some stewing meat around the house, you can also try Beef and Farro soup. If you don’t have any farro handy it can be substituted out for rice, small pasta, or barley. 

You can also make a soup out of all those little bits of leftover veggies you have in the fridge before they go bad. They can all come together within the Instant Pot to make an amazing Vegetable Soup.

This makes for a perfect way to use veggies that are on their way out. Once they’re in the soup, they’re still good for up to 5 days, so putting them in a soup actually lengthens their lifespan. 


Another item that I’ve seen still on grocery store shelves are roasts. 

Roasts are perfect for social distancing because it’s a big meal that can be re-served as leftovers. The meat also freezes remarkably well. 

I’m seeing a lot of lamb left over at stores near me, probably because most people don’t have any idea how to cook it. But you’ll be able to take advantage of that once you learn how to roast lamb perfectly and cook lamb chops

Don’t forget pork. I have recipes that will teach you how to roast pork perfectly and even roast pork in your Instant Pot. Then, of course, there’s pork loin. Not only can we show you how to perfectly roast pork loin, we can also show you how to make pork loin in your Instant Pot

Pot roast is another perfect choice, especially if you follow our recipe for how to make gravy. Speaking of gravy, homemade gravy goes well with a perfect roast beef


Chili is great, especially if you’re looking to make a meal that can be used later for leftovers. 

Leave it to simmer on the stove while you work the day away. What’s more, you can make chili with any leftover meat you might have from the roasts we talked about above. Of course, you could always use ground beef, ground pork, ground chicken, or ground turkey if you can find them. 

Chili Con Carne

The rest of the ingredients for a good chili are pantry staples that you likely have around the house. If you want to make vegetarian chili that’s also possible. Just swap out the meat for chickpeas or lentils. 

More Advanced

If you want to take a break from some of the more simple recipes we’ve talked about, I highly recommend Choucroute Garnie. This is an Alsatian dish featuring braised sauerkraut with pork. My version is a more simplified one, but just as amazing. This dish has a 15 minute prep time and features a lot of preserved meats, which are great to have around because they have a longer shelf life than something like chicken breast. No need to go nuts making your own sauerkraut. You can get that canned from the store. 

If you’re hungry for something from Hungary, try our recipe for Goulash. It’s one of the most amazing comfort foods! It features egg noodles, stew meat, tomato sauce, and some paprika for an amazing flavor. 

In Conclusion

Working from home can be the perfect opportunity to try out some new meals that you might not typically have time for on a weekday. If you have an Instant Pot, it’s one of the best tools for this kind of cooking. Familiarize yourself with this remarkable appliance a bit more and try some of the basics listed in this Instant Pot article.

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Stay well and happy cooking!

Christine xo

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