Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Since my boyfriend and I have moved in together we've had lots of adventures in cooking while trying to find healthy alternatives to the things we love. A few of the recipes have become staples in our house.
Our favorite, very easy, meal to make is chicken with rice, black beans, and salsa. We throw a few chicken breasts, a can of black beans (drained of course), a jar of salsa, and a cup of brown rice in the crock pot first thing in the morning and it's ready by dinner time.
I've also taken to making my own chicken nuggets. That's easier than I thought it would be. I cut chicken tenderloins up into bit size pieces. I coat them in olive oil and then roll then in a combination of panko, regular bread crumbs, and some parmesan cheese. Then I pop them in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes. I usually put them on top of a salad.
Last week I decided I wanted tacos but I really didn't want the super heavy bloated feeling I get after eating them. So I looked around for ways to lighten them up! I cooked up some ground turkey with taco seasoning (did ya know Jenny-O makes it pre-seasoned?). After it was done I put it in some iceburg lettuce leaves and topped it with salsa and cheddar cheese. Super easy, light meal!
I like to try new recipes as often as I can. In my quest for new recipes I end up on a lot of different websites and blogs, including SparkRecipes of course. All the searching has been fun but it's also revealed a major pet peeve for me. Have you ever scrolled down to the comments below recipes? One or two of those comments might be helpful things, like what you can use if you don't have enough of something, but some of them are ridiculous! Here are a few examples:
1. "This recipe was great! But instead of this I used that and instead of that I used this...." You've seen this kind of comment right? And by the time the person is done they've changed the recipe entirely. I can understand changing an ingredient if you're allergic to something or making a substitution if you don't have an ingredient in the house. I can't understand changing almost everything and then still commenting on the recipe.
2. "Oh my god! The photo doesn't represent the recipe at all!" We've all learned form the time we're children not to judge a book by its cover. So the food you make looks different than the photo. Of course it does! The food was made and photographed by a professional. Most of us are not professional chefs. Our food would only look like that if we spent hours and hours working on it.
Moral of this rant? Try the recipe as is once. Then if you don't like it, modify it. Instead of focusing on how the end product looks in the picture compared to in your kitchen, try enjoying the process of making it and knowing that it's your hard work that brought it about. Then enjoy the meal with someone you love.