I Cooked Dinner

Date: January 4, 2011 at 7:28 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 10

Most nights, I eat some variation of pasta or fish or something equally easy to make.

Admittedly, ABS and I also order in pretty frequently.

I know, I know.

Last night, I whipped up a little somethin’ somethin’ I’m quite proud of.

It was delicious and it was so easy.

Enter stir fry.

Some skirt steak, loads o’ veggies and a bit of teriyaki sauce.

It took roughly 4 minutes to throw together. It was also so filling that after a tiny bowl I was full and wrapped up the rest for today’s lunch or dinner (haven’t decided yet).

I definitely want to cook more in 2011, and I’d love for ya’ll to share your favorite easy recipes.

Usually I opt out of cooking because…

  1. I don’t want to spend a ton of money on ingredients.
  2. When I buy things like produce and fish or meat, I feel like it goes bad if I don’t eat it immediately, and sometimes things come up.
  3. ABS and I have a teeny tiny kitchen with very little counter space. Making an extravagant meal isn’t something we have room for.
  4. By the time I get home at night, I’m exhausted and don’t feel like whipping up something special. I’m hungry and I want to eat ASAP.

So those are all my excuses. Please, help me combat them so I can start cooking this year!

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10 Responses to "I Cooked Dinner"

I cook for my family, so I have plenty of hungry people to feed! When I’m rushing around, I usually make a pot of chili or a casserole to have for a couple meals. Many nights we’re all eating at different times, so it makes it easy to have something ready. Stir fries are definitely a family favorite. Yours looks delish!

I hear all your excuses, I use the same ones. I do cook pretty often though, but most of the time I’m rushing around the kitchen trying to make sure we don’t eat at 10pm.

I pick easy recipes. Chicken pot pie, yum. Last night we had sausage, potato, pepper & onion bake. I admit this one is a little time consuming, but it’s SOO good. Black bean soup is another easy one.

I usually only buy meat for the meals that we will eat that week. I also use my crock pot a lot. {sadly it’s broken right now, but once that baby is fixed it’s game on}.

I think once you get used to cooking pretty frequently you will find ways to make it quicker and not dislike it so much, and most of the time it’s cheaper than eating out.. that is a big factor for me!

I am so guilty of always putting together the same meals or picking something up! That’s definitely an area I’d like to improve on, so thank you for the great idea!

If you have a crock pot, there are so many great recipes you can make in it! 🙂 And you can prep it the night before, stick it in the fridge, and in the morning take everything out, put it in the pot, set it to low, and when you get home, dinner is ready! 🙂

Trader Joe’s has great quick meal options! I like to buy their baked tofu and add it to stir-fry, or their chicken sausages are a great addition to pasta sauce, or just on their own. Also, buying pizza dough at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, and adding your own toppings…delicious!

my significant other makes homemade pizza or pasta with tomatoes florentine (spinach, tomatoes, onion, garlic, with a bread crumb, olive oil and fresh parmesan cheese topping). you can make the tomatoes florentine in advance and just mix it in with pasta or put it on top of a pizza whenever you want during the week. it’s also a great side dish on its own. Tasty, easy, cheap, healthy…..BAM!

I know exactly how you feel, those are all the reasons I started blogging in the first place…it doesn’t get easier (at least not for me) put I have found a few recipes I can throw together and usually not mess up 🙂

You can do just like you did with the stir fry but use chicken or pork and instead of teriyaki sauce, just cook them in olive oil and add some garlic salt (or fresh garlic and salt) and parmesan cheese – it’s really good on top of whole wheat thin spaghetti!

looks delicious! i’m trying to cook more now in an effort to be healthy. i love cooking but my kitchen is small (not by nyc standards, but STILL!!!) and i just hate the clean up achhhh!!!
xoxo
S

Hey, great job!
I looove leftovers, so I never mind if I’m cooking for four, but there’s only two of us eating:)