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13 Bucket List Recipes You Finally Have Time to Make

Find yourself with a lot of time on your hands? Why not attempt some of these fun recipes!
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When you're constantly fighting a busy schedule and trying to tackle that never-ending to-do list of yours, it seems like handling any kind of new recipe in the kitchen would be absolutely impossible. But now with mandates to stay-at-home because of the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people have found themselves with lots of time on their hands. Which means you can finally tackle some of those bucket list recipes you've always wanted to make.

We had the editors of Eat This, Not That! chime in about some of the bucket list recipes they've been attempting in quarantine, and the list did not disappoint! Here are a few bucket recipes you finally have time to make.


sliced sandwich bread on a cutting board
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Working with yeast may seem complicated, which is probably why baking homemade bread has been sitting on your cooking bucket list for quite some time. But once you try this recipe, we promise, it's going to be one of your favorite go-to recipes to make. Or why not attempt to make sourdough!

Get our recipe for Sandwich Bread

Beef Bourguignon

Ever wonder what it would be like to cook like Julia Child? Well, now's your chance! Try this version of French beef bourguignon, but with a healthy spin, for dinner tonight.

Get our recipe for Beef Bourguignon

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Homemade Mac & Cheese

Healthy mac and cheese
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Making mac and cheese from a box is easy and all, but have you tried making it from scratch? It requires whisking together a béchamel base, which may sound intimidating, but we promise it's worth every blood, sweat, and tear.

Get our recipe for Homemade Mac & Cheese


sprinkled donuts on a colorful plate
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Is your favorite donut shop closed right now? Try making donuts yourself! If you have the time to make yeast donut dough, shape them, and fry them, then it's definitely a project you have to try. Plus, if you have kids, they're going to love decorating these.

Get our recipe for Donuts

Cast-Iron Skillet Pizza

Healthy pizza with arugula, cherry tomatoes, and prosciutto
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Sure, you could order pizza, but why not attempt making it from scratch? You could even bake a pizza in your cast-iron skillet, which is a great alternative if you don't have a pizza stone!

Get our recipe for Cast-Iron Skillet Pizza

Seared Scallops

Paleo scallops with chimichurri
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

While searing scallops sounds intimidating, it's actually a lot easier than it sounds! You can pair it with a homemade chimichurri sauce for a decadent dinner date at home.

Get our recipe for Seared Scallops

Molten Chocolate Cake

Molten chocolate cake
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Why make a homemade cake when you could make a molten lava cake instead? There's no need to wait for your trip back to Chili's to enjoy this decadent dessert—especially if it means enjoying a healthier version at home!

Get our recipe for Molten Chocolate Cake

The easy way to make healthier comfort foods.

3-Cheese Ravioli with Cherry Tomatoes

Three Cheese Ravioli
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Homemade pasta is certainly a fun bucket list recipe to make in quarantine, but what about homemade ravioli? This three-cheese ravioli recipe is actually easy to throw together. So easy, in fact, that you won't be able to believe you haven't tried making them before.

Get our recipe for 3-Cheese Ravioli with Cherry Tomatoes

Summer Rolls

Healthy summer rolls
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Miss ordering fresh summer rolls at your favorite takeout spot? Well, they're actually surprisingly easy to make at home, and should certainly be on your list of bucket list recipes to make in quarantine.

Get our recipe for Summer Rolls

Chicken Ramen with Shiitake Mushrooms and Spinach Recipe

Paleo chicken ramen
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Think making ramen at home is hard? Think again! Make your favorite dish with this easy chicken ramen recipe. Plus, by making it with zoodles, you're even able to keep your favorite dish low carb.

Get our recipe for Chicken Ramen with Shiitake Mushrooms and Spinach

Homemade Ice Cream

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You don't need an ice cream machine to whip up your own sweet treat. Make ice cream at home with this incredibly easy no-churn homemade ice cream recipe!

Get our recipe for Homemade Ice Cream


breaking into a cooked omelet on a grey plate
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Never been able to master the perfect omelet flip before? We uncovered exactly how to make the absolute best looking omelet at home, according to a chef.

Get our recipe for Omelets


Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

If you're looking for a real culinary challenge, try making this authentic dish of crispy Persian rice! Getting to crisp the rice perfectly is a challenge, but trust us, your taste buds are going to sing once you've made this delicious recipe.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

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