DH2U and I alternate who makes dinner. Whenever it is his night and he has nothing planned, his go-to meal is souffle. To me that is such a treat that I wouldn’t mind more unplanned nights, especially now that the weather has cooled down and the oven isn’t adding to the heat of the day.
I desperately need a go-to meal of my own. In my attempts to be more spontaneous, I found myself not planning out my week’s worth of meals in advance (as I have done most of my adult life). Doing away with meal planning was supposed to be a fun, liberating move, like playing the home version of Chopped. It is not. Instead it is causing me to get cooking block … and frustrated.
I found myself making numerous trips to the grocery store during the week, a practice that goes against my entire being, or making a mediocre-at-best throw-together meal. That is not what cooking is supposed to be like! Cooking is fun, creative, and delicious, not a chore!
As I was writing this, I found that have been a bit hard on myself. If I’ve had a hard day, I do have a go-to meal: Pancakes! We have them with my homemade apple butter on top. Yummy! I guess what I really am looking for a couple additional meals I could prepare quickly, that we both like, which would take the pressure off.
All of this was on my mind during my last library visit. One of the features of my library that I love is they sell donated magazines for a quarter a piece. It lets me get a wide variety of publications, at a great price, supporting a wonderful cause. Sitting on the magazine display rack was an issue of Quick Cooking.
I scooped that up and gladly sat down with that issue once I returned home. Hmmmmmm…. I was unimpressed. While I’m sure the dishes could be prepared quickly, they really weren’t things I would want to eat. Everything was from cans. I definitely have lots of cans in my pantry, but normally I would never think of making an entire meal out of them, especially since these recipes did nothing to alter the flavors or even add seasonings.
So my quest continues. Please tell me about your family’s go-to meals. I’d love some suggestions!