Plenty of us promised ourselves that we’ll clean up our diets and start eating well as soon as the coronavirus quarantine starts. Sadly, like this chocolate bar and carton of chocolate milk we're enjoying for breakfast show, not all things go to plan. The quarantine has brought out our creativity and desperation in equal parts. You can clearly see it from the photos people are proudly posting online where they show off their next-level improvised quarantine meals.

No burger buns? No problem! Substitute them with some donuts. No breadcrumbs for your steak? Again, no worries—broken up Doritos will do. Out of nachos? Yeah, this cereal will be perfect with some cheese and salsa. Scroll down for the wonderful and terrifying lockdown food pictures that Bored Panda found, upvote your faves, and drop us a comment about your own quarantine meals, dear Pandas!

Bored Panda spoke about these improvised quarantine recipes and people rediscovering their love for food with Nathalie Cooke, Professor and Associate Dean at McGill University Library and Archives, and an expert in cookery literature. Scroll down to read what she thinks and to have a look at her 2 simple but tasty recipes that we can all enjoy during the lockdown.

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I’ve Been Spending A Little Extra Time On Dinner Lately

I’ve Been Spending A Little Extra Time On Dinner Lately

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Beeps
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5 months ago

This looks like something that should be featured in a 1970’s cookbook.

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#2

No Buns? Crunchwrap Supreme Burger

No Buns? Crunchwrap Supreme Burger

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Draco Malfoy
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5 months ago

Actually sounds really good

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#3

Ran Out Of Milk

Ran Out Of Milk

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Draco Malfoy
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5 months ago

Even better

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According to Professor Cooke, the fact that people are improvising with the way they're making meals at home might be a sign of not just creativity but also of consideration for others over consideration for their own taste buds. "We’re currently asked not to go to the grocery store multiple times for small amounts, but rather to try to shop just once a week. That limits our own exposure, and also helps minimize risk of exposure for all those working in grocery stores at the moment."

Professor Cooke also believes that more and more people will discover their cooking talents and love of food as the quarantine continues. "Is it just my own social media accounts that are filled with photos of sourdough starter and homemade bread? We have the luxury of time to enjoy the process of cooking and are taking time to rediscover the art of serving and savoring a meal—even if it’s just a meal for one, or for the few people sharing the same living space," she said.

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Fish Finger And De-Sauced Beans On A Bed Of H.P. Reduction

Fish Finger And De-Sauced Beans On A Bed Of H.P. Reduction

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Hope Floats
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5 months ago

Fish Finger A La Carte.. Ha ha ha.. Last night I arranged broccoli to look like Epping Forest and sweetcorn as daffodils.. Some of us are handling isolation better then others.. Ha ha ha..

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#5

I Ran Out Of Breadcrumbs So I Had To Make Do

I Ran Out Of Breadcrumbs So I Had To Make Do

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

I have seen this done before quarantine. I actually made bread crumbs from salt and vinegar chips and coated squid rings with them. Tasted yum.

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#6

Quarantine, Day 21: Air Fried Potato Chair

Quarantine, Day 21: Air Fried Potato Chair

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Human #1,232,867
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5 months ago

At least, it's IG ready. Keep the good work!

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"And since we can’t mix things up by going out for a restaurant meal, we’re also craving variety—trying different recipes, putting lots of colors on the plate, trying out different flavor combinations," she explained to Bored Panda, also suggesting that using Doritos for breadcrumbs may be just the start that leads to people wanting to experiment with, for example, expensive pine nuts in a pesto for breadcrumbs.

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When The Grocery Store Is Out Of Buns, You Improvise, You Adapt, You Survive

When The Grocery Store Is Out Of Buns, You Improvise, You Adapt, You Survive

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Well, I Tried
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5 months ago

That actually looks good

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#8

This Is How We Celebrated The Last Fresh Pear And 1/4 Red Pepper In Our Quarantine Food Supply

This Is How We Celebrated The Last Fresh Pear And 1/4 Red Pepper In Our Quarantine Food Supply

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Ruth Mayfly
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5 months ago

A fitting send-off.

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#9

Quarantine Charcuterie Made With Fridge And Cupboard Scraps

Quarantine Charcuterie Made With Fridge And Cupboard Scraps

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Samantha Bing
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5 months ago

I would eat and drink everything on this board

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The professor was also kind enough to share a couple of easy-to-make recipes with us that we can all try out at home!

"Speaking of pesto, that’s a great pasta sauce that is easy to make if—and here’s the big if—one has a food processor or blender. Put in a blender: 2 cups of green leaves (usually basil, but can be mixed with arugula, spinach, flat-leaved parsley), ½ cup olive oil, ½ cup grated Parmesan, 3 cloves garlic (or garlic powder), 1/3 pine nuts (walnuts, even bread crumbs with a bit of extra cheese), salt and pepper. Blend until it looks delicious!" Professor Cooke shared.

#10

The Supermarket Ran Out Of Normal Bagels So I’m Stuck With Green Leprechaun Bagels

The Supermarket Ran Out Of Normal Bagels So I’m Stuck With Green Leprechaun Bagels

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Luna
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5 months ago

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#11

Had No Bread So Pulled Pork On Eggos

Had No Bread So Pulled Pork On Eggos

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Tami Bridges
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5 months ago

Yassssssssssssssssssss!!!!!

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#12

Dinosaur Chicken Nugget Parmesean Courtesy Of My Genius Girlfriend

Dinosaur Chicken Nugget Parmesean Courtesy Of My Genius Girlfriend

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Nicole Blomkamp
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5 months ago

Marry this woman

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"Another tasty recipe? My favorite is tomato soup. Pour some olive oil into a saucepan (2 tablespoons or so), add one sliced onion, a sliced carrot and a sliced stick of celery. Cook over medium heat. Then add 28 oz can or 3 cups of tomatoes (sliced into quarters, and remember to remove the “woody” part first), and 4 cups of broth. You can make your own broth by boiling up veggies that you typically discard—broccoli stalks, celery leaves, onion skins etc. What makes this soup really taste good are the secret ingredients: a pinch of sugar, 2 teaspoons of tomato paste, and 2 bay leaves (which you remove before serving). Use a blender or hand-held immersion blender to mix until smooth. Or use a potato masher and a bit of elbow grease."

#13

When All Takeaway Stores Are Closed But You Still Got Mad Cravings

When All Takeaway Stores Are Closed But You Still Got Mad Cravings

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Draco Malfoy
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5 months ago

You are a good artist!

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#14

Fine Dining During The Quarantine

Fine Dining During The Quarantine

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JuJu
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5 months ago

the drowned t-rex...suicide or murder?

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#15

Tweaked Bunny

Tweaked Bunny

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Draco Malfoy
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5 months ago

I don't know what you did, but you better apologize quickly before things get ugly........

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Now, we know what you’re thinking: “How can I cook something wholesome and nutritious when I don’t have a lot of energy and I don’t want to go to the store for more ingredients?” You’re not Gordon Ramsay. We're not Gordon Ramsay. But we can’t let this pandemic beat us into submission and take away our cooking skills! While donut-burgers sound delicious and we'll totally be making them for lunch this week, our bodies deserve better food.

Luckily for us, more and more media outlets are writing articles about cooking advice and easy-to-make recipes while we’re stuck working and studying from home. So there's a wide variety of recipes to choose from.

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Mac And Cheese Chili Dogs

Mac And Cheese Chili Dogs

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Human #1,232,867
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5 months ago

That's fantastic. I'm hungry just looking at it.

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#17

I Was Making Thai Basil Chicken Then I Turned Around For A Minute And My Brother Put Blue Food Dye In It. He’s 19

I Was Making Thai Basil Chicken Then I Turned Around For A Minute And My Brother Put Blue Food Dye In It. He’s 19

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Magpie
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5 months ago

Amazing how our brains are programmed to see blue meat and think, "NOOOO!"

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#18

Lasagna Sandwich

Lasagna Sandwich

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elia 84631
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5 months ago (edited)

imagine Garfield would eat this

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For instance, USA Today points out that enchiladas are hella easy to prepare. All you need is some ground beef, cheese, tortillas, salsa, and enchilada sauce. That’s only 5 ingredients. (Personally, we're out of tortillas, but we're sure that we can find something to swap them with. Like bread. That’ll work, r-right?)

Meanwhile, The New York Times is an absolute treasure trove of wonderful recipes to try out. One of the things they recommend you cook for lunch includes sardine toasts with tomato and sweet onion. Something else that you can make with little to no experience is chicken noodle soup. While for dinner, try out tuna noodle salad. Hint: there are lots of things that you can do with noodles. All it takes is a little bit of imagination and enough willpower to get you off the couch and into your pantry.

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My Wife Said She Found A Recipe For Making Corn Dogs In The Air Fryer. Sounded Great. These Little Boner Muffins Are Not What I Was Expecting

My Wife Said She Found A Recipe For Making Corn Dogs In The Air Fryer. Sounded Great. These Little Boner Muffins Are Not What I Was Expecting

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

Love the name "boner muffins".

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#20

Hard Boiled Egg On A Bed Of Scrambled Egg With A Sunny Side Of Egg

Hard Boiled Egg On A Bed Of Scrambled Egg With A Sunny Side Of Egg

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Haevyn
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5 months ago

I'm surprised no ones commented "eggception". That joke is eggceptional lol

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#21

Hashbrown, Guac, Chicken Finger

Hashbrown, Guac, Chicken Finger

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Tambot
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5 months ago

I want to try this hash brown guacamole creation!

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#22

Quarantine Day 5 - My Wife Wrapped A Brownie In Pie Crust

Quarantine Day 5 - My Wife Wrapped A Brownie In Pie Crust

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Flare
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5 months ago

Genius!

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#23

Archer Farms Buffalo Wings With Cocktail Glass Of Ranch Dressing. Pure C L A S S

Archer Farms Buffalo Wings With Cocktail Glass Of Ranch Dressing. Pure C L A S S

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Meyer Weinstock
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5 months ago

Target would be proud...

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#24

Blue Pasta For The Kiddos That Are Bored With The Regular Pasta. It Was A Hit

Blue Pasta For The Kiddos That Are Bored With The Regular Pasta. It Was A Hit

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Adam C
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5 months ago

Jamie oliver in the background - "Look at the color guys!!"

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#25

I Wanted An Iced Latte But Didn’t Have Ice So I Used Frozen Peas

I Wanted An Iced Latte But Didn’t Have Ice So I Used Frozen Peas

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Draco Malfoy
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5 months ago

Can you explain how you had frozen peas but not ice? XD

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#26

Coronavirus Diet: Just 2 Kilograms Of Cookie Dough That I Attack With A Spoon Every Now And Then

Coronavirus Diet: Just 2 Kilograms Of Cookie Dough That I Attack With A Spoon Every Now And Then

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Draco Malfoy
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5 months ago

Looks like my type of meal, crisis or not.

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#27

Quarantine Binge Watching The Simpson LED Me To This Monstrosity. The Homer Simpson Burger

Quarantine Binge Watching The Simpson LED Me To This Monstrosity. The Homer Simpson Burger

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Ripley
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5 months ago

That's . . . not right.

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#28

I Present To You, Quarantine Cooking At It's Finest: Ultimate Cheese Pizza (Cheese Pizza With Mac N Cheese And Grilled Cheese)

I Present To You, Quarantine Cooking At It's Finest: Ultimate Cheese Pizza (Cheese Pizza With Mac N Cheese And Grilled Cheese)

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btaglln
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5 months ago

It is the most "Murica" thing I have seen today

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#29

Egg Wrapped Egg

Egg Wrapped Egg

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Jaishna Marwaha
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5 months ago

Eggmazing

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#30

Bon App

Bon App

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Draco Malfoy
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5 months ago

Not far off from what one would usually pay $50+ for at a fancy restaurant! lol

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