It has been awhile since I’ve written about food- ironic because I think about it all the time!
A good portion of every day is spent daydreaming of food, trying not to eat between meals, (giving up and eating anyway), mulling over what I’m going to make for dinner, fantacizing about what I’m going to eat after dinner, salivating over what my husband is going to grill on the weekend, what I food I need to buy, what food I forgot to buy, etc., etc…
Want to hear some more random thoughts about food?
- My families’ favorite foods? Popcorn, Cheese, Tacos, and S’mores from the grill.
- Every Saturday morning is Cinnamon Roll Saturday!– our treat for the end of a long week!
- Have I mentioned that my husband is a great cook? He usually cooks on the weekends. From early Spring to late Fall this involves either grilling or smoking meat on one of his 3 grills. He is masterful at it!
- I write my weekly shopping list on the backs of blank envelopes from junk mail before tossing them into the recycling bin. On the right side I write the meals that I propose and on the left side is the food I need to buy based on those meals. Inside go coupons, if I manage to cut out any.
- My weekly shopping list is based on my weekly planner that I create every Sunday. In a nutshell, I take down our family calendar and transcribe it into my weekly planner. From there I can see what activities we have planned and try to work out my dinners accordingly. It’s not an easy job!
- I have a collection of cookbooks, but the one I use the most is the one I created! It’s a binder labeled Tried and True Recipes, crammed full of recipes I’ve ripped out of newspapers and magazines over the years.
- My best advice for meal-time success- preparation. Often I’ll cut up veggies ahead of time, make rice right before we head off to an activity and leave it to warm on the stove (with burner turned off- it can stay warm for about an hour!), or create a meal in the crockpot, if it’s a particularly hectic day.
Why do I think about food so much? Because meal-time is important to our family and sitting at the table for dinner together is one of our priorities. I work my tail off to make it happen- but it’s worth it!
Here’s one of my go-to recipes from my Tried and True binder, cut out from a newspaper many years ago. It’s Cashew Chicken that rivals take-out from a Chinese Restaurant:
2 tbs. oyster sauce (found in the Asian section of most grocery stores)
2 tbs. soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground white pepper
2 tbs. rice wine vinegar
2 tbs. sesame oil
2 tbs. vegetable oil
1 Ib. boneless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
2 green bell peppers, cut into chunks
1 yellow onion, diced
2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1 cup unsalted cashews
In a small bowl, whisk together the oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, white pepper, rice wine, and sesame oil.
In a large, deep skillet or wok over medium-high, heat the vegetable oil until shimmering. Add the chicken and stir-fry until slightly browned, 2-3 minutes. Add the green peppers, onion, and ginger. Stir-fry until the chicken is cooked through and the onion is translucent, 5-6 minutes.
Stir in the sauce and the cashews, thoroughly coating all the ingredients.
Do you have any tips for how you plan meals or prepare food in your busy schedule? I’d love to hear them!