Well, it’s been over 2 months of me doing all the cooking . . . and meal planning . . . and grocery shopping . . . and it’s actually working out OK. I’ve been choosing things that are relatively quick and simple to make, so that I’m not spending all my time in the kitchen. For some reason, we like eating 3 times a day!
I’d thought I’d pop in with some of the stuff I’ve been fixing, and give you links to some of the recipes I’ve tried lately. Turned out to be a really good thing that I started doing this — it’s made us much more prepared for sheltering in place these days. I shudder to think what we’d be eating if I’d let My Cowboy do the stocking up before we isolated ourselves!
For breakfast, I don’t go to a lot of trouble . . . usually. My Cowboy likes oatmeal, so he’ll eat oatmeal, and I like these, so I’ll have one with my coffee.
Not a big deal, breakfast. I also make a smoothie for myself occasionally (in my Magic Bullet), or a couple hard-boiled eggs (super simple).
But sometimes, I’ll fix something special on Sunday morning. I’ll make pancakes, and once in a great while, I make Cowboy Coffee Cake, or my favorite — this recipe from my friend, Karin: Honey Bun Cake. Both of these last us several days, so we can eek out nearly a week’s worth of breakfast pretty easy. But it’s a rare thing for me to spend much time on breakfast, and oatmeal is way better for My Cowboy than these things, so I don’t do this very often.
For lunch, we eat leftovers from dinner the night before, or we have something quick and easy like summer sausage with cheese and crackers. My Cowboy LOVES Pasta House Salad, so I’ll make him up a batch of it now and then. I can’t eat it, because the vinegar and red onions don’t agree with my tummy, so when he has that, I’ll eat cottage cheese or something else instead.
For dinners, I’ll link below some of the new recipes I’ve tried. I’ve also repeated some of the recipes I’ve mentioned before, so you can check out this category — RECIPES — or the Cookin’ page — to get more ideas, if you need them.
You may notice there are several Keto recipes in this bunch. I’m a protein person, so these are right up my alley, and since My Cowboy can’t have potatoes or tomatoes much, I’ve been trying new stuff. You’ll also notice that occasionally I will sneak in some potatoes and tomato sauce, but not too often. I’m not trying to be perfect. And it remains to be seen if we come out fatter or thinner during this new-recipe-sampling period of ours! Haha!
So here’s what I’ve tried:
This recipe, also from my friend, Karin: Hamburger Vegetable Soup. And I made it in the crockpot. Karin cooks all the time for lots of cowboys, so I use a lot of her recipes because they’re already cowboy-approved, so I’m usually pretty sure My Cowboy will like them (and this one recipe fed us several meals). So in addition to the two I’ve listed here, you can check out Karin’s blog for LOTS more great recipes.
Keto Pesto Chicken Casserole (this was really good, but not sure I’ll make it again because it was very rich, and My Cowboy’s tummy wasn’t too happy about that)
Keto Chicken Casserole (we liked this one better)
Keto Asian Stir-Fry (pretty good — much like the stir-fry I usually make, only mine has rice and this one doesn’t — plus mine has soy sauce and no vinegar, which I like better — so I may not make this one again, and just stick to my old standby recipe, since they’re so similar)
Easy Coleslaw Dressing (so I could use up my leftover cabbage)
Plus I’ve repeated some others that are our favorites, and done some simple meals like beans and cornbread, or baked potatoes in the crockpot.
I also want to try some of these sometime: Sheet Pan Dinners because I like the idea of everything in one pan, and just popping it in the oven.
I also make a real dessert about once a month, because that’s not something we need every day, whether we want to admit it or not. I had some extra apples on hand, so I made an apple pie. You can find my pie crust recipe HERE. I made Wonder Pie once, and I made a Miracle Cake so My Cowboy would have something to finish off his carton of ice cream with! I’ll post the Miracle Cake recipe sometime soon. Super easy, which is usually what I’m going for.
Desserts are few and far between here, so for snacking, My Cowboy likes plain ol’ popcorn, popped in the popcorn maker I bought him at Target a couple years ago because I forbid him to eat microwave popcorn — haha! (Someone has to save him from himself!)
So I hope this gives you some ideas for quick easy meals if you’re stuck in a rut, and want to try something new. And I might finally be getting the hang of meal prep, altho I still have a frozen pizza hidden in the freezer for those days when I forget to thaw out the meat!
Oh, and one more tip before I go . . .
I don’t have a dishwasher — have never had one — I do all my dishes by hand. Something I learned way back at my very first job as a waitress at the Sale Barn Cafe, is to put a capful of bleach into the dishwater. It helps disinfect everything, then you can also wipe down your countertops and appliances, and it keeps your dishcloth from getting that funky smell, too (and saves on using Clorox wipes for everything). I used to also wipe down my kids toys this way when they were babies. And right now, disinfecting everything seems to be a very important part of our lives.
And did you know? . . . that there’s a certain order to washing your dishes by hand? I told this to My Cowboy, and I thought he was gonna fall over and bust a gut laughing at me; but it’s true, and here’s proof from Martha Stewart herself:
Stay safe and healthy out there! I’m going on full Nanny Watch now, because the rest of the new goat babies are due any time! Yes, I’ll post pictures . . .