As you may well know, I set a goal for myself this month. A single solitary goal to eat the food that’s hanging out in my freezer.
So, why would a hip, cosmopolitan woman like myself do such a thing?
Why not let the food I have now meet the same end as the food before it?
Because I have aggressive savings goals for 2011, and mama’s way off track.
As much as I want to give you a fancy pants menu plan reserved for those who’re hitting Whole Foods this week, I can’t. Not only am I cleaning out the fridge, I’m cleaning out my closet – the kitchen closet. Or as you know it, the pantry.
Brace yourself for the unsexiest meal plan you’ve ever seen.
Monday/Tuesday: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – Now, I haven’t cooked spaghetti in years. But I’ve got hamburger, pasta (of some kind), onions, garlic, carrots, red pepper flakes, and a can of pasta sauce. I’ve never tried this, but I might sprinkle a little feta cheese on my spaghetti. Looks like it’s on the verge of mold growth, and I don’t want it to go bad.
Wednesday: Baked Chicken Wings with Broccoli – These have almost become a household staple. I sprinkle the chicken wings with a mix of cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and seasoning salt. Brown ‘em in a skillet real quick, transfer to a pan, and then pop ‘em in the oven. Last time I made this dish, it was a little chewy, so I’ll make sure I don’t overcook it this time.
Thursday/Friday: Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs, Yellow Rice and Black Beans – I’m not sure how I’ll flavor the chicken thighs yet. Whatever I decide, I want the recipe to be simple.
Saturday: Salmon on the George Foreman Grill and Mixed Veggies – This is super easy. The salmon fillets are ready for grilling after a few sprinkles of Old Bay and cayenne pepper. For some reason, they taste so much better when you spray the Foreman with a little buttery cooking spray. As for my vegetables, I’ll throw in some bell peppers, onions, black pepper, and soy sauce to liven things up. Fortunately, I don’t have to chop, slice, or dice anything because I purchased the mixed vegetables, bell peppers, and onions pre-cut.
Sunday: If I don’t go out to eat during the week, I’ll probably do so on Sunday. I have a $60 voucher for one of my favorite DC restaurants, Kushi, that I’ve been itching to use for a while.
For the last week, I’ve done a good job of eating what’s available. I’m getting to a place where I can whip up a delicious meal pretty quickly. My biggest challenge is that I really like the dining out experience. Let’s see how this week goes. I’m feeling pretty good about it.