Even as we’re practicing social distancing, we continue to see great examples of how life happens around food. Instead of the corporate lunches, we’re seeing teams enjoy video conference lunches; instead of big dinner parties, families are having home-cooked meals together; and instead of packing bars at happy hours, friends are toasting each other virtually.

With more people cooking at home, we’re collecting recipes from our Great Performances’ team members, families, friends and partners to share with you and provide some inspiration for delicious dishes you can make at home. Share your recipes and photos with us: tag us on social media #gpcovidcooking, direct message @gpfood or email marketing@greatperformances.com.

LIBBY'S CHOCOLATE CAKE

This is a delicious chocolate cake that’s as easy to make as it is to eat. It never lasts long at my house!

 
 

Recipe prepared by
Amanda DiUglio

Recipe from
Add a Pinch

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • espresso powder
  • milk, buttermilk, almond or coconut milk
  • vegetable, canola, or melted coconut oil
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • boiling water
  • Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

For full recipe and instructions, visit Add A Pinch: Best Chocolate Cake Recipe Ever

Even as we’re practicing social distancing, we continue to see great examples of how life happens around food.

Instead of the corporate lunches, we’re seeing teams enjoy video conference lunches; instead of big dinner parties, families are having home-cooked meals together; and instead of packing bars at happy hours, friends are toasting each other virtually.

With more people cooking at home, we’re collecting recipes from our Great Performances’ team members, families, friends and partners to share with you and provide some inspiration for delicious dishes you can make at home.

Share your quarantine recipes and photos with us: tag us on social media #gpcovidcooking, direct message @gpfood or email marketing@greatperformances.com.

PUMPKIN DAL OVER BROWN RICE

Although I usually make this dish with red lentils, I substituted for canned lentils I found in my pantry, which worked just as well!

 
 

Recipe provided by Great Performances’ Nutrition Partner and Embrace Wellness Program Director

Emilia Sochovka
Registered Dietitian
Embrace: Wellness

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed (can substitute for one can of prepared lentils)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups cubed pumpkin
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 4 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 chopped cilantro

Procedure:

  1. If using canned lentils, drain and rinse and proceed to step 2. For dry lentils, rinse and add to a medium saucepan with water over medium-high heat. Cover and allow the lentils to cook for 20 minutes.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil and the minced garlic and auté for 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Add an additional cubed pumpkin, tomatoes, jalapeño pepper, spices and salt. Stir, cover and cook for 10 minutes until the pumpkin softens and the tomatoes fall apart. Stir every couple of minutes to prevent burning.
  3. Drain lentils add to the skillet. Stir and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the dish reaches the desired consistency. Stir in the lime juice.
  4. For a family-style dish, serve over brown rice and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Even as we’re practicing social distancing, we continue to see great examples of how life happens around food. Instead of the corporate lunches, we’re seeing teams enjoy video conference lunches; instead of big dinner parties, families are having home-cooked meals together; and instead of packing bars at happy hours, friends are toasting each other virtually.

With more people cooking at home, we’re collecting recipes from our Great Performances’ team members, families, friends and partners to share with you and provide some inspiration for delicious dishes you can make at home. Share your recipes and photos with us: tag us on social media #gpcovidcooking, direct message @gpfood or email marketing@greatperformances.com.

SOFT PEANUT BUTTER CARROT DOG TREATS

Today is Pancakes’ (my 1-year-old Maltipoo puppy) birthday, so like any good dog mom, I made her some homemade dog biscuits. She went nuts for these homemade peanut butter dog treats from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

 
 

Recipe prepared by
Amanda DiUgio

Recipe from
Sally’s Baking Addiction

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • peanut butter
  • skim milk
  • egg (or unsweetened applesauce)
  • carrot
  • whole wheat flour*
  • baking powder
  • oats (either whole-rolled or quick oats are fine)

For full recipe and instructions, visit Sally’s Baking Addiction: Soft Peanut Butter Carrot Dog Treats

Even as we’re practicing social distancing, we continue to see great examples of how life happens around food. Instead of the corporate lunches, we’re seeing teams enjoy video conference lunches; instead of big dinner parties, families are having home-cooked meals together; and instead of packing bars at happy hours, friends are toasting each other virtually.

With more people cooking at home, we’re collecting recipes from our Great Performances’ team members, families, friends and partners to share with you and provide some inspiration for delicious dishes you can make at home. Share your recipes and photos with us: tag us on social media #gpcovidcooking, direct message @gpfood or email marketing@greatperformances.com.

BBQ PEPITAS

Seeds and nuts make a great snack: they contain fiber, healthy fats and antioxidants. I love spicing up pepitas—or pumpkin seeds—with a bit of smoked paprika for a toasty, bbq flavor.

 
 

Recipe provided by Great Performances’ Nutrition Partner and Embrace Wellness Program Director

Emilia SochovkaRegistered DietitianEmbrace: Wellness

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw pepitas
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

Procedure:

  1. Heat oven to 350 F
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Spread on a lined sheet pan and roast 15 minutes, shaking halfway.
  3. Enjoy warm or cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Even as we’re practicing social distancing, we continue to see great examples of how life happens around food. Instead of the corporate lunches, we’re seeing teams enjoy video conference lunches; instead of big dinner parties, families are having home-cooked meals together; and instead of packing bars at happy hours, friends are toasting each other virtually.

With more people cooking at home, we’re collecting recipes from our Great Performances’ team members, families, friends and partners to share with you and provide some inspiration for delicious dishes you can make at home. Share your recipes and photos with us: tag us on social media #gpcovidcooking, direct message @gpfood or email marketing@greatperformances.com.

PUFFED PEAR PANCAKE

SERVES 4

I usually only make this for Sunday brunch, but felt we needed a little extra pampering to start our day.

Recipe provided by

Linda Abbey

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp almond or vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 ripe pear, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp butter

Procedure:

  1. Place a 12” oven-safe skillet (we like cast iron) in a cold oven and preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, flour, almond or vanilla extract and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, toss pear with sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Remove the preheated skillet from the oven and add the butter, swirling until melted. Arrange pears in a single layer and pour in the batter.
  5. Return skillet to oven and bake 25 minutes or until puffed and golden.
  6. Serve immediately with maple syrup or powdered sugar.

Even as we’re practicing social distancing, we continue to see great examples of how life happens around food. Instead of the corporate lunches, we’re seeing teams enjoy video conference lunches; instead of big dinner parties, families are having home-cooked meals together; and instead of packing bars at happy hours, friends are toasting each other virtually.

With more people cooking at home, we’re collecting recipes from our Great Performances’ team members, families, friends and partners to share with you and provide some inspiration for delicious dishes you can make at home. Share your recipes and photos with us: tag us on social media #gpcovidcooking, direct message @gpfood or email marketing@greatperformances.com.

KATCHKIE FARM EGGPLANT MEATBALLS

Serves 4-6

This comforting, filling dish works perfectly any time you can get eggplant. Break out your favorite sauce (preferably one made from Katchkie Farm tomatoes, and serve on traditional pasta or on zucchini noodles.

 
 

Recipe provided by
Katchkie Farm

This recipe has two parts: the eggplant “meatballs” and the garlic confit. Although you could use regular minced garlic to the meatballs, the garlic confit adds delicious depth and mild sweetness to the eggplant “meatballs”. Prepare the garlic confit in advance; it’ll keep for several weeks in the refrigerator.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb medium eggplant, diced, skin intact
  • 2 tbsp olive oil + extra
  • 2 oz. garlic confit (recipe below)
  • 2 oz. white onion, minced
  • 4 oz. grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz. fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 whole egg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Procedure:

Prepare the eggplant

  • Toss diced eggplant (with skins) in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in 375°F oven for 15-20 minutes or until caramelized. Toss halfway through. Remove from oven and cool completely.

Prepare the meatballs:

  • While the eggplant is cooling, sauté onions in olive oil until caramelized. When eggplant is cool enough to work with, mix all ingredients together. Add more bread crumbs as needed to create a texture that can be shaped into 2 oz. balls. Lay formed balls out onto a sheet tray, and cool. Once cooled completely, drizzle with olive oil and roast in a hot oven to brown. Serve with preferred sauce and pasta of zucchini noodles.

Even as we’re practicing social distancing, we continue to see great examples of how life happens around food. Instead of the corporate lunches, we’re seeing teams enjoy video conference lunches; instead of big dinner parties, families are having home-cooked meals together; and instead of packing bars at happy hours, friends are toasting each other virtually.

With more people cooking at home, we’re collecting recipes from our Great Performances’ team members, families, friends and partners to share with you and provide some inspiration for delicious dishes you can make at home. Share your recipes and photos with us: tag us on social media #gpcovidcooking, direct message @gpfood or email marketing@greatperformances.com.

MAPLE MUSTARD CAULIFLOWER

Serves 4

This quick and easy dish features cauliflower. The maple syrup, mustard and pepper add a sweet kick. You can add additional vegetables, including Brussels sprouts — make sure all ingredients are about the same size and double the dressing before roasting.

 
 

Recipe provided by Great Performances’ Nutrition Partner and Embrace Wellness Program Director

Emilia Sochovka
Registered Dietitian
Embrace: Wellness

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Toss cauliflower with olive oil, maple syrup, mustard and pepper.
  3. Spread out the vegetables on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Roast for 45 minutes, shaking the pan every 15 minutes.

Even as we’re practicing social distancing, we continue to see great examples of how life happens around food. Instead of the corporate lunches, we’re seeing teams enjoy video conference lunches; instead of big dinner parties, families are having home-cooked meals together; and instead of packing bars at happy hours, friends are toasting each other virtually.

With more people cooking at home, we’re collecting recipes from our Great Performances’ team members, families, friends and partners to share with you and provide some inspiration for delicious dishes you can make at home. Share your recipes and photos with us: tag us on social media #gpcovidcooking, direct message @gpfood or email marketing@greatperformances.com.

ZITA’S APPLE CAKE

Serves 12

A delicious, comforting apple cake. Perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon coffee break. I received it from 95 year old Zita (pictured below), housekeeper and nanny for one of my dear friends.

 
 

Recipe provided by Great Performances’ Family:

Linda Abbey
Executive Vice President
Great Performances

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 Granny Smith apples, cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Garnish: powdered sugar, whipped cream or ice cream

Procedure:

  1. Heat oven to 350° F
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, oil and sugar
  3. Blend flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon, then mix into wet ingredients
  4. Fold in cubed apples and chopped nuts. Bake in 9”x13” pan for 45 minutes – 1 hour.
  5. Let cool and serve as is or with preferred garnish.

Even as we’re practicing social distancing, we continue to see great examples of how life happens around food. Instead of the corporate lunches, we’re seeing teams enjoy video conference lunches; instead of big dinner parties, families are having home-cooked meals together; and instead of packing bars at happy hours, friends are toasting each other virtually.

With more people cooking at home, we’re collecting recipes from our Great Performances’ team members, families, friends and partners to share with you and provide some inspiration for delicious dishes you can make at home. Share your recipes and photos with us: tag us on social media #gpcovidcooking, direct message @gpfood or email marketing@greatperformances.com.

BAKED SWEET POTATOES WITH LENTILS

Serves 4

This hearty vegan dish will satisfy any meat-eater! The spices in the lentils give it warmth, while the lemony tahini dressing gives it a bright zestiness. There’s a lot of flavor in each bite, and it’s so good. And if you have any leftover lentils and dressing, throw some on a bed of steamed spinach. Enjoy!

 
 

Recipe provided by Great Performances’ Friend:

Emily Hung Wilson
Graphic Designer, Owner
the boxed cloud

Ingredients:

For the lentils

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, baked
  • 1 cup dried red lentils (or your choice), cooked
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pints fresh grape tomatoes, halved (or 1 can of diced tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • Salt and pepper

For the tahini sauce

  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup lemon jice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp water

Procedure:

  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and cook until fragrant. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add garlic and tomatoes cooking until the tomatoes start to break down.
  2. Lower heat and add lentils, spices and spinach. Stir frequently until spinach has wilted. Add water as needed to adjust consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Combine all ingredients for the tahini sauce adding enough water for desired consistency.
  4. Halve the hot sweet potatoes and mash the flesh inside the skins with a fork. Top each half with the lentils, drizzle with tahini sauce and serve immediately.

Even as we’re practicing social distancing, we continue to see great examples of how life happens around food. Instead of the corporate lunches, we’re seeing teams enjoy video conference lunches; instead of big dinner parties, families are having home-cooked meals together; and instead of packing bars at happy hours, friends are toasting each other virtually.

With more people cooking at home, we’re collecting recipes from our Great Performances’ team members, families, friends and partners to share with you and provide some inspiration for delicious dishes you can make at home. Share your recipes and photos with us: tag us on social media #gpcovidcooking, direct message @gpfood or email marketing@greatperformances.com.

SWEET POTATO RAGOUT

Serves 4

This delicious, vegan dish is versatile, easy to make and keeps well. You can add any other vegetables you have in your fridge or pantry, like peppers and mushrooms. Make enough for leftovers and it’s great to have on hand for a quick lunch while busy putting out Coronavirus fires.

 
 

Recipe provided by Great Performances’ Banking Partner:

Mitchell Hart
CapitalOne

Ingredients:

  • 2 large or 3 smaller sweet potatoes (you can sub half the sweet potatoes with purple potatoes as they are also supposed to be healthy)
  • 3 cans black beans
  • 3 cans diced tomatoes (fire-roasted tomatoes are good if you can find them)
  • 1-2 red onions
  • 0 to 9 cloves of garlic (depending on how concerned you are about vampires)
  • You can throw other things you like (peppers, mushrooms, etc.)
  • Spices: salt, pepper, smoked paprika, chili powder, cayenne (for spice)

Procedure:

  1. Cube potatoes, coat in olive oil, and bake for 30-40 min at 400 degrees.  Let cool after baking.
  2. Dice onions and garlic and sauté in pot.  Add garlic for last 2-3 minutes of sautéing.
  3. Add beans and tomatoes, bring to a simmer.
  4. Mix in spices to taste, then add potatoes and combine.
  5. Let simmer a little while longer until everything is warmed through.