Nope, I’m not talking about eating leftovers, but rather cooking once, but intending it to be for two meals. I’ve done this several times now, and it’s been a huge time-saver. The hubby’s on reservist, so it’s just the kids and I having dinners at home these two weeks. While I would have simply packed food from the coffeeshop in the past when hubby travelled or went on reservist, we’ve been having most meals at home even while he was away last week. Cooking is slowly but surely becoming second nature to me!
But even if I can now throw together a simple dinner that pleases my kids in less time than before, I’m still on my quest to find recipes that enable me to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible. To me, the simplest meal would actually be porridge, cooked with pork, fish or chicken. And I did that last week. But when the kids saw porridge for dinner for the second day in a row, they rebelled. Ok, so they still ate up their dinner, but they said not so politely: “Porridge again?!” and “Can you cook something else tomorrow, Mummy?”. Oh well.
With what I had in the fridge, I cooked their favourite pasta for lunch today. Ingredients: garlic, onion, minced meat, mushroom, cherry tomatoes cut in half and pasta sauce. Fry up the ingredients with olive oil, adding each in the order listed, add water if needed, and let sauce simmer.
We had it with some macaroni (boiled in a rice cooker so I don’t have to watch the fire). Since I had spent all that time cutting up the onions and tomatoes (mushroom was pre-sliced and garlic minced in bulk), I decided to make enough for two meals. So yes, half of the sauce has been scooped into a casserole, cooled and is now in the freezer, ready for a quick dinner later in the week. Probably much later in the week so they won’t remember we just had something similar over the weekend!
It means one weekday dinner is about settled, I just have to boil some pasta to go with it. Or if I really want to make a different meal, I might cook some rice, portion out the rice and sauce in individual casseroles, top it with cheese and bread crumbs (I usually just use some mashed crackers), and serve up some baked rice. Also a hot favourite around here.
Now I just have to figure out how to cook once and maybe, eat thrice?!