Although many states don’t have a specific age that children can legally stay at home alone, generally the recommendation ranges from 11 to 14 across the US. It was difficult enough for parents trying to balance careers and child care prior to 2020 but with a pandemic lingering around, millions of parents have no choice but to let their teens stay home to attend virtual school.

Staying home alone means that these kids need to learn more life skills like time management and independence. Tonja is a dental hygienist that wants to help teens feed themselves by providing some quick, easy and tasty recipes using simple ingredients that are probably already in the house.