Sunday, October 30, 2016
The Supper Dilemma
Is it just me or do you have a hard time figuring out what to have for supper? I do not meal plan as deciding each morning what we are going to have for supper gives us a little bit of satisfaction and hubby would rebel if I didn't give him some kind of choice. He cooks too but usually the weekends and he always chooses far more elaborate meals than I do. Instead I try and keep a well-stocked pantry so we have ingredients at hand for meal preparation.
We try and eat at home 95% of the time due to a couple of factors:
1. It's cheaper
2. Nutritional value
3. Quality of food
So on Friday night we were both toast - put a fork in it tired - after a busy stressful work week. Yes, you can easily have those when you work for yourself from home too. Everyone who is not self-employed thinks we sit around eating bon bons all day or in the case of some of hubby's ex-colleagues that he is retired. We actually work harder than we did than when we worked for other people!
I had planned on soup and sandwich Fridays but we don't always feel like that - so we opted to do takeout night from our favorite hole in the wall Chinese food place that only takes cash. The plan? Hubby would go pick up a work parcel and then pickup up the food on the way home. I would call it in. The only problem is that their phone line was not working. Instead of making him wait 1/2 an hour at the location while he ordered and they prepared the food we instead opted for fast food. For $25 we ended up with a craptastic meal and hubby's order wasn't even correct, he ended up with something totally different than what we ordered. The words "imagine what kind of groceries we could have gotten with that $25" came out of his mouth once again. Yes, frugal fail.
Do you have as big a problem as I do figuring out what to have for supper? I seem to rotate the same recipes over and over and rarely try anything new. Last weekend I tried this new recipe found on Facebook that got a C minus at best and hubby tried an over-complicated Ukrainian meal with two new items and one was a total fail (the second was a winner with a couple of minor tweaks and we will have it again).
Yesterday he was feeling really ill, not from food poisoning but from a bug he picked up at the gym so I made chicken soup from scratch. We eat it with spaghetti (pour soup over cooked spaghetti when finished) and it hit the spot. Tonight we have leftovers but I would rather eat something else so that will be lunch for tomorrow. I cleaned out the fridge when making the soup using the last handful of broccoli, 1/2 a cup of frozen corn and part of a red pepper (the rest was mushy), one of our two carrots and the last of our home grown cilantro. This afternoon I have to make a grocery run for fruit and veggies.
So friends, I need some recipe inspiration so we can eat at home and have some variety. My only requirements are that they don't require me running out to purchase super expensive ingredients I won't use for anything else and that they take less than 45 minutes to prepare and cook. Please post your recipe suggestions!