so across the top from left to right is everything you need to make a delicious meal. start with a huge onion and 2 or 3 bell peppers, cut into strips. cook some sausage and then cook some chicken in the sausage’s grease. remove the meats to a plate and throw in the bell peppers and onions into the same pot, and add some olive oil because there probably isn’t quite enough oil left in the pot. when they start looking soft and sort of translucent like the right-most picture, pour in a cup or so of chicken broth- not enough to cover them, but enough that you can see the liquid. you don’t want to boil the veggies in it really, just get it to a simmer and let the liquid reduce. when the veggies look done and the liquid level is where you want it, throw the meat back in to heat it up. I served it with pasta, which was okay because the liquid made a good sauce but it was pretty runny and left all that awesome smelling soup at the bottom of the bowl, so I would do it again with quinoa or another grain that’ll soak it up. easy cheap delicious, we ate it for like 3 days with no complaints.
my dad brought back like 3 pounds of sour cherries from california and gave me a bunch, so I made a cobbler in my cast iron skillet. I mixed the batter (really easy- flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, regular sugar, pretty much it) in the skillet, made the filling (also easy- cherries, corn starch, water, some sugar) after pitting like 8 cups of cherries with a fucking straw because we don’t have a cherry pitter and staining my hands red for 2 days, and dumped the filling over the batter which I know is not the traditional order but I had already made the batter in the pan so whatever, it was delicious and pretty.
other things i’ve made lately:
coconut milk curry- it didn’t turn out like I wanted it to at all, but it wasn’t bad tasting. I think I put in too much liquid and should have toasted the spices in some ghee first. it had a lot of veggies and chicken, but when I stirred in some quinoa to soak up some of the liquid it looked super gross. going to try it again and see if it comes out better.
baked chicken parm- HOLY SHIT THIS IS SO EASY AND GOOD. take chicken breasts, beat an egg and dunk them in it, get a nice coating. mix equal parts crumbled parmesan and seasoned (salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, whatever) bread crumbs (panko is crunchier but both work), coat the chicken breasts really well in those. stick them in the oven at 450 for 20 m, flip them, put back in for 5. while those are cooking, heat up some marinara sauce. you can totally use jarred, but I had some on the stove already because of the next food I’ll talk about. take them out, spread some on, put on some mozz or whatever cheese you want, stick them back in until it’s bubbly and you’re done. it’s super delicious, WAY easier than frying them, and better for you than frying. I also used enourmous chicken breasts so mine were perfectly cooked but adjust the baking time for the size of yours.
so I made that marinara sauce for the zucchini lasagna I’m making tonight, which is just normal lasagna but instead of pasta, you use grilled zucchini slices (grilled because I did it before with raw that I had pressed, but they still had tons of water in them and it was pretty liquidy). p excited about it.
i also made a cottage pie! it was so fucking good. it’s just a shepherd’s pie but with ground beef instead of ground lamb. so you cook some beef and carrots and peas and corn and onions and whatever you want, diced into little pieces and put them on the bottom of a casserole dish. then you boil some potatoes, mash them up, add butter and cheese and salt and pepper and all that, set aside some for your sick friend, and layer them on top of the other stuff in the dish. put some cheese on top, bake it for a little bit, and eat. super filling and delicious.
also been getting back to my vegetarian days with stir frys. we bought a stupidly large bag of frozen veggies at costco, so we’ve been throwing them the wok with some sesame oil and some soy and ungodly amounts of sriracha when we’re hungry and it’s late or when we just don’t have a ton of time for dinner and eating it with quinoa. stir fry is the best lazy fast food.