How to find cooking and baking inspiration

Last updated: 20 April, 2020

It’s important to think about cooking and what you will eat during lockdown to help you:  

  • plan your budget  

  • plan your shopping list 

  • make the most of your food shopping trips  

What you need 

  • a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone  

  • access to wifi  

  • pens and a notebook 

  • food storage containers 

 Top tips  

1Make a plan

Creating a schedule for your meals can help you to budget and know what you need to buy. There’s some existing inspiration for plans, such as: 

2Consider food delivery

Getting a delivery could save you a trip to the supermarket and support local businesses. 

You can: 

  • look for local delivery services in your area from independent stores  

  • get same day delivery on your shop with Co-op Delivery (only available in selected areas) or via Co-op on Deliveroo  

3Think about how you store food

To make food last longer you can think about how it is stored. You could:  

4Grow your own

You might want to try growing your own food. You can:  

5Check out recipes

These recipes might give you some inspiration: 

‘Finding inspiration’ recipes 

Budget recipes 

Batch cooking recipes 

Store cupboard recipes 

Healthy recipes 

Baking recipes 

6Learn how to cook and bake

If you’d like to use this time to learn a new skill, there are plenty of cookery classes that will help:  

7Ask for help

If you need help getting food or paying for food during this time there is help available:  


Make sure you follow government guidelines on social distancing when using these services. 

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