Eat food, not too much

25 May

I’ve been struggling with cooking lately.  I tend to go through phases where I cook all the time.  Those phases taper off into lots of cooking, but the same couple of recipes over and over again.  That phase is then followed by this one, where I don’t feel like being in the kitchen… I don’t want to cook and when I do I make the easiest possible recipes.

My go to dinners lately have been things like frozen turkey meatballs, frozen pierogies, and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.  The meatballs (which I defrost in the microwave and then heat up in a sauce made from ketchup, jelly, and red pepper flakes) are actually really good, but I am really missing out on fruits and vegetables.  We’re hoping to get to the local farmers market this week to stock up on fresh veggies, and I’m considering signing up for a local CSA if I can figure out how much it would cost.

Anyway… I’ve been trying to find ways to cook more and eat a little better… so tonight I’ll be making this.  Cheesy chicken and rice casserole?  It’s perfect.  I already have all of the ingredients, it uses up some frozen veggies I’ve been trying to get rid of, I can use the Healthy Request cream of chicken soup I have, and reduced fat cheese will cut back on the calories a little bit.  It cooks long enough that it can go in the oven before our run tonight and it should be done when we get back.  I’ll let you know if it’s any good…

When I’m in a cooking mood, I tend to make chicken with all sorts of spices or marinades depending on my mood.  I serve it with pasta or veggies.  I’ve also got a huge bag of frozen shrimp that gets thrown in the skillet when I get tired of chicken.  We eat a lot of vegetarian meals too, for the sake of cost and ease of preparation.

I guess I’m sort of out of new ideas, so what are your go to weeknight recipes?  What do you make when you’re tired and you just want something easy?

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5 Responses to “Eat food, not too much”

  1. Tara May 25, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    Baked potato with broccoli and cheese. That’s my easy, I-don’t-know-what-else-to-have-for-dinner dinner. Cereal (or any type of breakfast) is another option.

  2. a May 25, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    Tacos! Ground beef, shredded chicken, or shrimp with lots of veggies (tomatoes, black olives, lettuce) and salsa thrown on for texture. Easy and delicious.

  3. Elizabeth May 25, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    Cereal for dinner is a fun option when NOTHING sounds good. Or a smoothie..mmmm.

    http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=141491

    This recipe for Salsa Chicken in the crockpot is SO delicious. It is so good, in fact, that I actually wrote a review on the website. haha. Also, it really is one of those things where you can put it in the slow cooker on low all day long and have a house that smells delicious and not have to think about it again until an hour before its time to eat. I like to pair it with black beans. I love the slow cooker, but most of the recipes are just variations on chili or noodle casserole and I’d rather just make the real things, but the salsa chicken is a must for me.

    • Skinny Sushi May 26, 2010 at 5:12 am #

      The salsa chicken sounds great! I may have to make that this week.

  4. Rasee May 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    I do baked rotini with mushrooms and ham and whatever veggies I want. Cook up rotini, toss with cream sauce or some condensed cream soup, add mushrooms, ham, whatever else…bake with some cheese on top. Voila.

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