What to have for dinner, whether I’m cooking for someone else is, is always a struggle. I don’t think we’re alone in this. I place very high value on home-cooked food as I feel restaurant food is incredibly unhealthy. If there is a healthy restaurant near us, I have yet to find it. We do eat pizza one night per week and eat out a second night per week, but we try to have home-cooked meals the other five nights per week. We stay home and scrounge at lunch the vast majority of the time.
Anyway, I have a accumulated a few recipes that I like and use frequently. Most of them are available online. Here are my favorites!
1.) Chicken Soup with Rice, Pioneer Woman
– Use olive oil instead of butter except for the roux. It still tastes great.
– Rather than cooking rice separately, just add it to the pot at the same time as the chicken. It cooks nicely, and you’ll save yourself a pot. I usually add a little extra water.
– Rather than using bouillon cubes and water, I use two quarts of low sodium chicken stock.
– Skip the food coloring. It’s completely unnecessary.
– I double or triple the amount of green pepper and celery just to make it a bit healthier.
2.) Grilled Chicken and Strawberry Wrap, Pioneer Woman
– Instead of grilling the chicken, I cook it on my cast-iron skillet
– H does not like goat cheese, so I set that I aside and just add it to some of the wraps
3.) Salmon and Leeks baked in Parchment, Martha Stewart
– I’m not sure what chervil is, but I have always used parsley, preferably flat-leaf.
– I like my salmon just cooked through, and so I cook for 20 minutes, not 10 or 15