Thank you, ladies for all the recipes you sent my way a few weeks back! I was so excited to read about the new, easy ideas you all had for your dinners. Your time was well spent because it got me thinking. Realistically during the week I come home without any desire to get cracking in the kitchen.
Just the process alone is daunting: prepping and cooking. Then the fun part, eating but quickly followed by clean up. Ick. Fran and I have a "you don't cook, you clean" but we both end up feeling bad for the other tidying things up on a full belly so, it kind of defeats the purpose of the rule, ya know.
But, when I break it down, I know there are at least two nights of the week where I know I have time to come home and actually Pretend Chef.
...prepare to enter the no-judgement zone, please...
When cooking I love to act like Rachel Ray (minus the crazy eyes) and do the chop-chop-use-the-tiny-dishes-garbage-bowl business. As loony as it sounds, it makes cooking extremely enjoyable and hence, why I'm such a witch of a wife when I shoo Fran out.
As I have repeatedly mentioned, I have a set list of "go to" meals that I love and know like the back of my hand but, it's time to add to that repertoire. Unfortunately, when it's time to go to the grocery store I usually end up forgetting what it is I need or want to cook.
In comes my idea: recipe jar! After accumulating so many delicious sounding pins on my pinterest board, I figured it was time to find some way to bring them to life.
As a creature of habit, grocery shopping occurs Sunday mornings. Before I head out, I sit down write out my list and take inventory of the fridge/pantry. It takes all of three minutes but..I'm adding one new step. I will draw out two recipes from my jar that I will then add into the week's menu. I've screened all recipes for prep time and weeded out any that look overly complicated for a Wednesday night. Many may not be very weight friendly (there's a Paula Deen casserole in the jar) but I figure I can balance it out according to the freshness of ingredients.
Will it work? Hopefully.
I will keep you posted.
Maybe in a few weeks, I'll find some way to make my jar be a bit more dignified and less ghetto...