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Quarantine Cooking: As We Emerge From The At-Home Stage Of The Pandemic, How To Develop Healthy Daily Recipes




Spanish chef Ruben Fenollar cooks his copyrighted dish of black paella with 24-carat gold and oysters, at his home in Valencia on March 25, 2021.
Spanish chef Ruben Fenollar cooks his copyrighted dish of black paella with 24-carat gold and oysters, at his home in Valencia on March 25, 2021.
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After a year spent largely indoors, many home cooks have been indulging in their favorite comfort food recipes to distract from the daily stress wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.

But sugary, indulgent dishes (though delicious!) aren’t necessarily the foods that make us feel our best. As we move to the post-vaccine stage of the pandemic, which will ideally see us venturing out into the world more, some of the recipes that sustained us during the past year are not the ones we want to keep up going forward. And as we begin to see farmer’s markets swell with spring and early summer produce, it’s hard not to find inspiration for a new cooking season that could see us safely and regularly invite friends over for dinner parties. Whether you are looking for ways to swap out ingredients to make your favorite recipes healthier, hoping to cook food that makes you feel more energetic, or simply wondering what to do with all those extra sweet potatoes you picked up from the grocery store two weeks ago, we’re here to help.

Today on AirTalk, we’re taking your cooking calls. Looking for healthy breakfast recipes other than eggs and toast? Have a health issue that necessitates you change your diet, and not sure what to cook? Give us a call at 866-893-5722 or comment below.

Guests:

Linda Shiue, a San Francisco-based physician, chef, founder of a healthy cooking program for patients and author of the cookbook “Spicebox Kitchen: Eat Well and Be Healthy with Globally Inspired, Vegetable-Forward Recipes” (Hachette, 2021); she tweets @spiceboxtravels

Noelle Carter, chef, food writer and culinary consultant for Noelle Carter Food, a website sharing recipes, cooking techniques and helpful kitchen tips for the home cook; she is the former director of the Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen; she tweets @noellecarter