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3 easy recipes with ingredients you already have at home
02:49 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

With the intensity of the coronavirus situation increasing each day, getting food in the hands of so many who can’t leave home presents a critical health challenge.

And though they may be more mobile, a new challenge has simultaneously emerged for many young people, who have regularly dined out or consistently relied on takeout food: How to cook meals beyond microwaving oatmeal or boiling pasta.

My niece is one of them.

“When you eat out, you don’t need to put much thought into what ends up on your plate. We’re struggling to figure out how to come up with well-balanced meals,” said Allison Strumeyer, a 24-year-old single girl who resides in New York City and has chosen to isolate herself from her parents who often cook at home.

“We’ve been forced to learn things out of necessity, like that you can freeze fish and meat for months at a time, or the difference between broiling and baking,” said Ben Rosenbaum, another New York City millennial. “Knowing that we may need to stay inside for weeks, we’re worried about getting sick of the same one or two dishes we know how to cook.”

If you’re sharing these same sentiments, here’s a primer on what you’ll need to start expanding your repertoire of healthy, home-cooked meals.

Learning the basics

Culinary nutritionists recommend the following resources to learn cooking basics:

Online resources. The Internet can be a great resource, particularly for cooking videos, said Debbie Petitpain, a registered dietitian who teaches a culinary class to medical students at the Medical University of South Carolina. “You’re not just reading, but watching someone else. It’s a great way to learn.”