I don’t know about any of the rest of you but sometimes when I get good and pissed off I need to do something that’s kind of destructive but in reality is very productive. And, sick and this is, I often find that to be cleaning. Or making a plan for something. Or purging things from the house that we don’t need. You get the gist.
So last night after my work holiday Zoom party
cocktail wore off I got to work. I had told Lancelot earlier in the week that I want the grocery run this morning to be the last we make until after the first of the year. (might have to go for milk but that’s a really quick trip)
With the upcoming holiday turning stores into battlefields in a normal year, and the rising positivity rates with Rona, and the fact that this is December in the Midwest so we could have major snow any fucking day now, I just want to have a well stocked
arsenal of snacks and booze pantry and freezer.
As such I’ve been working on a rather massive undertaking to see what we have on hand already, what recipes I have most of the stuff for, and what other bits do I need to complete those. Lists are how I function.
I now have a list of THIRTY meals, just dinners, and I’ve split them into things I can make during the week and a few that would have to be done when L is home to eat at the same time with me. My grocery list (which is organized by what stuff is geographically close to what other stuff so hopefully I don’t fucking forget anything this time!) is kind of massive but a lot of it is either canned goods or things that start as frozen or things that will go in the freezer until I need them.
I’m not planning to do a ton of prep ahead of time but I know if I have my plan and I have all of the necessary components on hand I’m much more likely to actually make dinner.
I don’t know about y’all, but when I get to feeling down one of the very first self-care type things that goes out my window is cooking for myself. And I know that’s not healthy, so here I am trying to solve that problem. I feel good about this.
Not that I’m going to assume anyone is really all that interested, but in case you find yourself needing some kitchen inspiration, here’s my list.
- CP tortellini w/ Alfredo
- CP penne w/ Italian sausage and marinara
- roasted veggies and sausage
- CP roast w/ potatoes and carrots
- spaghetti w/ meat sauce
- CP chicken enchilada casserole
- chicken noodle bake
- CP pork tenderloin w/ pineapple
- CP sweet and sour chicken
- rice casserole
- spam fried rice
- veg fried rice
- CP chicken curry
- CP shrimp curry
- CP pork chops w/ apples and kraut
- cheddar sausages w/ mac and cheese
- meatball soup
- barley and beef soup
- quick skillet lasagna
- cranberry chipotle pork ribs
- italian pork w/ sweet potatoes
- beef stroganoff
- spanish rice
- tempura shrimp w/ rice pilaf
- chicken legs in the air fryer w/ veggies
- chicken sandwiches w/ chips
- burgers w/ tater tots
CP is my abbreviation for crock pot, just FYI. Some of these I have actual recipes for and some of them are things I’ve been making for so long I just do it. I will happily share my chicken curry recipe with you. The original recipe came with my pressure cooker thing but then I modified the hell out of it.
- 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely diced
- Small onion, diced
- Assorted veggies – we commonly use diced bell pepper, sliced zucchini, frozen green beans, and baby carrots – whatever suits your mood
Toss all of that in a slow cooker.
The sauce is:
- 2 cans of coconut milk
- 1 Tbs dried basil
- ¾ tsp grated ginger (I often use the fresh stuff in a tube, either works)
- 1 ½ Tbs curry powder (Penzeys makes the most amazing curry powder ever)
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
I let all of that simmer at low until the chicken is cooked through, usually a good 6 hours. Serve with rice and naan.
Trust the little chubby chik to know some good food.