Some of my favorite shows on television these days are broadcast on the Food Network. I’ve always loved watching cooking shows – and the Food Network is like cooking and food almost 24/7. My regret is that I don’t always take the time to try and recreate some of those great recipes in my kitchen, for myself and my family.
Well, this week, I changed that – just a little bit.
Chris has been traveling for business every week for the past few months. This week, he is in Atlanta – next week, he’s in Hartford, CT – lord knows where he’ll be the week after and the week after that!
My kids? Seeing as how it’s summer and they are 16 and 18 – – neither one of them are home at dinner time anymore. See, we live a bit out of the way, in terms of where they and their friends hang out in the summer. Plus, they walk, or ride their bikes, every where they go – – so, they leave the house at around noon and are usually home around 9-10pm-ish (except the 18 year old.. he usually rolls in around midnight).
What does this mean at 6pm when it’s time for dinner around this house? It generally means that Monday through Friday, I’m on my own for dinner. Up until this week, it has mean LOTS of take out for me. Seriously, I’m a Mom who has been very used to cooking for the whole family for that past 18 years. Ask that same Mom to just stop cooking for 4 and cook only for one – – the tempation for takeout becomes HUGE.. and easy.
The affects of all that take out for the past few months is beginning to show in my waistline – so I decided I needed to do something about it and stop the takeout. I decided that since I really enjoy these cooking shows – I would take inspiration from them and start cooking for myself every evening – using some good, fresh ingredients and make myself some nice, healthy dinners and stop all the burgers, pizza chinese and italian takeout all the time.
Today, I hit the grocery store with the whole ‘Cooking for One’ idea in my head — this is just NOT that easy.
Particularly when I hit the butcher. This may sound terribly ‘small town’ – but I know my butcher, and he knows me. He’s used to seeing me a few times a month and knows my favorites. Usually, when I hit the butcher my order usually sounds something like this (it varies based on season and preference):
- 4 of the NY Strip
- 2 of those large salmon filets
- 2lbs of crab legs
- 3lbs of the Tilapia filets
- 4 of the Filets
- 6lbs ground round
- 8 of the marinated chicken breasts
You get the idea? Today, I stepped up to my beloved butcher and asked for:
- 1 salmon filet – and can you cut that one in half?
- 1 Tilapia filet – can you give me that small one there on the right?
- 2 marinated chicken breasts
- 4 of the large prawns
My butcher paused and looked at me with a great deal of concern in his eyes and says, “Is the family ok? Is everyone alright?” I guess after years of my usual orders. . . he must have thought my entire family died when I placed my most recent order – – so I had to explain.
Then I hit the produce section – looking for some of the ingredients I have on my list, based on the recipes I got off the Food Network . . and to my surprise, I found them all. When I got to the checkout lane – I got a snotty 16-something girl who wasn’t too happy at the amount of produce I had in my cart. See, she has to weigh the produce before she can price it – – just a tad bit more timely than scanning the bar code… oh. the. horror!
So, yea – here’s the dinner I made tonight – – It was fantastic! If you try it – let me know…
Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Fresh Herbs and Ginger: Low Carb with Roasted Califlower paired with a nice Pinot Grigio from Mondavi.