This time in quarantine has opened up a new realm of cooking. Kids are home all day long and the kitchen is rarely, if ever, closed. To top it off, those who have been able to score a select grocery delivery spot are opting out of heading to the store, and making the best of what arrives at their doorstep, even if limited. Others among us are choosing to be a bit creative with what we have at home, whether fresh, frozen or shelf-stable.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll share some great recipes that require only a handful of ingredients. And the really great part? The ingredients in these recipes can be easily substituted with others you may have on hand.
This Week’s Quarantine Cooking: Shrimp and White Bean Bruschetta!
This tasty salad can be served on its own as a light lunch, or atop tiny toasts. What a perfect addition to your Memorial Day barbecue!
Shrimp is associated with the Kidney and the Water element. This organ gains support from a salty taste, so seaweed and all types of seafood from the ocean’s salty environment will help strengthen the Kidney. Ever have a craving for salt? This is the body’s S.O.S. that your Kidney function is out of balance! The Kidney is also known as the mother of the Liver. When the mother is balanced, the child will receive the benefits.
We chose canelloni beans for this recipe because they have a more delicate flavor than some other beans. However, we also had them in our pantry! Don’t rush to the store to pick up canelloni beans. Instead, substitute great Northern beans or chick peas (give the chick peas a little smash first).
Not a fan of beans? Replace the beans with 2 chopped avocados. Follow the rest of the recipe as listed.
If your ingredients are very limited, simply replace all “supporting ingredients”—olive oil, onion, lemon, fresh herbs—with a jarred dressing from your refrigerator.
Looking for a vegetarian option? Simply omit the shrimp and leave as-is, or add a handful of chopped cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.
Click here to read Minimalist Cooking for tips on how to cook a delicious and healthy meal with what you have available at home.
Revisit Grand Master Nan Lu’s Podcasts Learn more about your body from the TCM perspective. Podcasts are available on grandmasternanlu.com.