Pondering how to write The World’s Greatest About Page yesterday was quite taxing. I was pleased with the post but I stayed up too late. Today will be short and sweet and filled with some decent ideas of easy things to cook but is certainly not “world’s greatest” caliber.
I have written before about how I think recipes can be really boring so these are just the “ideas” of these go-to recipes of ours. They are all super easy to make and very nutritious (and delicious!) and if you have any questions about any specific methods of preparation I will be happy to answer in the comments.
- Cold salad (a mix of spinach and romaine is my go-to) with hot brown rice (or quinoa or amaranth or any other hot cooked grain) put right on top of the cold salad. Olives, pickled onions, artichokes and almonds are good additions. Hot grains/rice and cold salad is just such a great combination. Especially in the winter.
- Hot sauce is my go-to salad dressing
- Cut up a sweet potato in fry shapes or chip shapes, roast and then eat (with hot sauce)
- Brown rice (or quinoa) with pumpkin puree and a dash of soy sauce, a pinch of curry powder and, yes, hot sauce, then just heat it up (in the microwave if I’m just making one serving, or you could reheat a bigger batch in a pot on the stove)
- Make a big pile of caramelized onions then keep them in a bowl in the fridge and you can use them on top of soups, salads, whatever
- White beans with garlic
- Black beans with tons of spices (paprika, tumeric, cumin, thyme, chili powder, tiny bits of garam masala and cardamom (those last two are very pungent)) and hot sauce
- Carrot and lentil soup
- Potato Celery soup with sage, thyme and rosemary
- Quinoa, peas and lemon
- Kale and mushroom soup
- For easy “umami flavor” to add complexity to things: a bit of soy sauce, caramelized onions, mushrooms, Dijon mustard and/or LOTS of spices does the trick
- Bread (with at least part of the flour from whole grains) (here’s the recipe I use)
The go-to’s start to elude me and I struggle to think of more examples. Did I mention hot sauce? I ask out loud…
“Hey, what are some of the things I cook all the time?
The Spy, “Don’t tell anyone about them!”
The Spy, “They’re our secret tuggle food.”
What is “tuggle” you ask? It is just being home and cozy and in The House of Smoochie. Like snuggle. With a T.
It’s quite flattering that he thinks my cooking is good enough to want to keep it confidential. Flattering enough that now I’m thinking maybe I should be more specific in describing the preparations of my “go to” meals. But, I am ready to tuggle up and go to sleep. It is SNOWING (YAYyyyy!!) and I look forward to waking up to the first white morning of winter!
Here are some shots (from yesterday, when it was 70 degrees) to serve as the “before”:
p.s. if you have any good go-to foods that are quick to prepare and nutritious please share in the comments!