Tuesday, August 06, 2013
This just wasn't my day. I had to go to the office because I had a very important meeting that I needed to attend, so I was trying to follow the Spark Solution on what is a typical workday. I knew it would be hard, but it was just bad all around.
I fixed the oatmeal as it was described in the book. The addition of the milk was a mistake - it made the oatmeal soupy and only lukewarm. The flavor was fine, but just not a great start to my day.
Since I was going to the office, I needed to prepare and pack my lunch and one snack. The lunch for the day was good, but the prep time was not conducive to fitting in to a hectic morning. The planned snack was a smoothie; the book suggests freezing it and letting it thaw at work. Seemed like more that I wanted to deal with, so I switched the afternoon and evening snacks, and just carried some almonds. Much easier to handle.
Then came the ultimate disaster - Quick Chicken Enchiladas. This is the most inappropriately named recipe I have ever come across. It states that it requires a 10 minute prep time. Ok. The chicken is supposed to be cooked before starting the prep. Hmmmm. . . I baked the chicken in the morning while I was getting ready for work. I don't like recipes that require prep work prior to what is considered the "real" prep work. Those 30 minutes spent baking the chicken didn't just appear; they took actual time. Then, even if I had precooked chicken magically appear, there is no way I could have done the rest of the prep work in 10 minutes without the aid of a fleet of fairies, brownies, or other magical creatures. Unless, of course, I purchased all the vegetables precut. But doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of cooking at home? Where is the added savings from not eating out? McDonald's is looking more appealing every minute that I stand in the kitchen and slice and dice.
I get the dish in the oven and it does smell good. It has a short baking time - 15 minutes. When I finally got to eat, I realized that the short baking time didn't really work if you had prepped the chicken in the morning (as I had) and it was cold when it went in to the oven. Add time for baking if you actually want a hot dish.
The smells were delicious; unfortunately the taste wasn't. The writers are recommending a low sodium diet and are adding flavors so that we don't miss the salt. Their solution appears to be to douse everything in salsa. There was lots of flavor, I'll give them that. But overpowering flavor is not necessarily what I want. Was there actually chicken in that dish? You couldn't tell it by the taste. I ate a half serving and then the rest went in the trash. Lots of time and money for a horrible result.
Well, this day certainly didn't turn out as I had hoped. I'm going to bed early so that I can ignore my hunger pangs.