I tend to have a handful of go-to meals for our family that are variations of Mexican, Indian, Thai and Italian concoctions. I buy foods that fit these meals so I don’t have to think too much at the end of the day. Weekends are my time to be more creative or cook large batches of something for the week. The good news is that our go-to meals are well-liked but it is getting repetitive and reinforces cooking as all work and no play making us all dull.
Now that I have discovered free grocery delivery for orders over $100, I stock up like the apocalypse is coming! Up until last year, we were a 100% vegetarian family but a recent volunteer shift at a weeny-wagon lured half the family to the dark (meat) side. Despite our divided household, we remain loyal to a vegetarian lifestyle in the house. We have lots of good spices, staples, frozen meal starters and fresh produce on hand. Mock duck is our staple as a meat substitute plus some pre-made Indian meals that we use as a base.
Meal #1: Pasta Mix
A simple mix of items on hand – cooked/cooled noodles, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, cooked asparagus and cilantro. I mixed these with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt & pepper for a light and tasty seasoning. Not bad with red wine.
Meal #2….Black bean burger
In an effort to avoid processed foods, I tried a homemade black bean burger rather than buying the frozen Bocas. It is one of those meals where you can use the veggies that are borderline skanky from your refridge and throw them in with the black beans. The cumin and chili powder dominate so that helps! The burgers were a bit on the dry side but a scoop of salsa and salad, all was right with the world. Overall it was easy, tasty and healthy. Here is the final product: