I make cooking easier by freezing ingredients. Chopping half a dozen oininons and freezing them is a lifesaver because every meal starts with chopping an onion.
My freezer is my friend. Whenever I have even half a cup of something left over I freeze it so on a bad day I can pull two or three different things out of the freezer and call it tapas.
I also prep as many things as I can if I have the urge to cook. Yesterday while I was cooking I also threw in some beans to soak and roasted a butternut squash and chopped an extra onion. Today I used the squash and the onion in mac and cheese.
Originally Posted by lovebeingamomma
whoever talked about the 14 meals: could you share with me the 14 meals you rotate? I can't even come up with 14 different ones...maybe that's one of my problems.
Btw I'm 22 & was not taught well how to cook. So I have ALOT to learn
...been married 4 years and I can't tell you how long it took me to make a pizza that cooked correctly!
My standards are:
-pasta with tomato/vegetable sauce (sauce can be frozen) or with butternut squash/sage/pine nuts/goats cheese or with pesto
-mexican (tortillas, sour cream, tomatoey mix with onions, garlic, tomatoes, grated carrot, frozen corn, coriander and cumin, can be frozen)
-home made mac'n' cheese, with either roasted butternut squash or fresh tomatoes, depending on the season
-Shepherd's/cottage pie (can be frozen)
-pizza, either on pita bread or real bases on weekends
-soups (either bought or frozen)
-curry (usually with a bought sauce or paste, and either indian with yoghurt or Thai with coconut milk)
-something eggy, from scrambled eggs to quiche to souffle, depending on how tired I am
and I'm bored! So I've started going through my cookbooks, testing recipes that use ingredients I often have (like roasted chicken thighs with mustard marmalade glaze), and writing them on index cards which live in the kitchen. I've also started buying interesting marinades and sauces which I can whack on meat and serve with vegetables.