I’ve been cooking up a freakin’ storm lately! Maybe it’s the change in weather or an increased need to eat my feelings (CARBS OMG). Maybe it’s the fact that I have been sick and craving hearty food. Maybe I’ve just finally found my mojo again after having a very BLAH few weeks where making dinner seemed less exciting than watching paint dry (seriously – I’d probably watch that on Instagram just to procrastinate). Who knows.
We meal plan on and off in this household. The ‘off’ times are usually just when I have given up on life (haha) but we try to do it regularly! It saves time on decision making each evening, it means efficient and economical shopping, it stops everyone from whining “WHAT’S FOR DINNNERRRRR….” at the end of the day.
I’ve decided to share some things that have been created in my kitchen recently (with the links to the recipes because I seriously couldn’t come up with this shit on my own – my brain is not that of a masterchef). They’re not all strictly dinner type things but they’re good to throw into your repertoire if you feel so inclined. Maybe you might find some inspiration or maybe you’ll think I’m batshit crazy.
I documented these things over a couple of weeks – this is certainly not a comprehensive food diary! It probably doesn’t paint a picture of a perfectly balanced diet, but I’m just stoked to have my enthusiasm for cooking back! I’m looking forward to trying new super healthy options too. You can usually see my adventures on Instagram or Snapchat (kezunprepared).
Here we go!
Basic white bread rolls
I’d been in the mood to try making my own bread for a little while. I’d finally got the right flour for it, some yeast and some courage (haha). It’s always been a little out of my comfort zone, but I had a spare few hours on a weekend and thought why not?
I made rolls to go with my super quick cheat’s cauliflower/bacon/leek soup that I invented (probably should share that recipe some time too). I had bought some bread improver because I heard it can change your bread products from unpalatable rocks to fluffy delights but doofus here forgot to put it in! Luckily, it was not needed this time – phew!
The Little Mister enjoyed a couple of the rolls over the following days, with some Nutella slathered on too. Don’t even bother coming after me, health food police. We good.
You can get the recipe here.
Honey Mustard Chicken & Potatoes (One Pan)
This was delicious! I love the concept of just chucking everything into one pan. Less dishes! Kind of. This was delicious and hearty and easy enough! I used chicken breast instead of thigh (it’s what we had in the freezer) and it still worked quite well.
Asian Style Chicken Nuggets with Lemon Glaze
These were made in a very big hurry after Mr Unprepared got home from work one day. I was just SO OVER THAT DAY and I had made my distress call. I was not making dinner on my own. I WAS DONE.
Mr Unprepared stepped up and got started. He’s pretty good – I’ll text him screenshots of a recipe and he’ll give anything a go, as long as he thinks it will be delicious!
You’re supposed to marinate the chicken ahead of time, but we had to rush through that part. It was still bloody delicious so I think a longer marination time could only improve it!
We served it on a bed of rice (for the boys) and I had it on a bed of bok choy that I’d quickly fried with a little garlic and splash of soy sauce. YUM. Mr Unprepared was jealous of my greens and has decided he wants them next time!
As for the Little Mister, the chicken was an absolute hit. A great, slightly healthier alternative to Chinese takeaway!
The lemon glaze was great too. I just wish I never had to zest a lemon ever again. WHY DO THE MOST TASTY THINGS INVOLVE ZESTING A FREAKING LEMON? #petpeeve
I had found cloud bread recipes everywhere on Pinterest and I was intrigued! It was promoted as a low carb alternative to bread. People had turned it into herb bread, used it instead of burger buns. And more!
It involves egg, cream cheese, cream of tartar and either granulated sugar or honey. That’s it!
We used it one weekend night as a bagel type of thing (without the hole)! I was so pleasantly surprised that it was not a big fail (as trendy things we try off Pinterest so often can be)! The Little Mister raved about it (he’d helped to make it which always brings a little bias haha) – he’d had his with some ricotta cheese and ham.
I should probably do things like this a lot more!! I know low carb suits me the best, but it’s constantly a struggle with self control lately!
Muffins (whichever toppings you want)
I found a great recipe online, where you can use this basic muffin recipe to create whichever flavours you like. Just simply add the toppings/fillings you like once you’ve put the batter in the muffin pan! This was a little activity just so I could sneak in some extra quality time with the Little Mister. He helped with just about every step except for using the oven. We used banana in each muffin (helps keep them moist – ha – who hates the word ‘moist’? Sorry not sorry!) and then made some with choc chips, sultanas and Nutella.
Again, not the healthiest thing going around, but lots of fun and they taste good! Probably a great recipe for making treats to share with others or for a cake stall etc.
So there you have it. I’m no food blogger but I think I might share some of the stuff I’ve tried on an ongoing basis. I love seeing what other people are making and eating!
Tell me, what have you been creating/eating lately? Maybe you can inspire me too – share a recipe link or photo if you like!