Hey, eaters! It’s been awhile. Because of the “pile of school work on my desk” [metaphorically speaking], this will be a rather short post. To some of you, this cooking/eating tip might come across a bit “duh,” but it took me this long to figure it out.
Enough with the disclaimers.
Cooking can be a bit of a burden on one’s day. There’s the buying, the preparing, the cleaning, and the never-ending quest for new and creative things to eat. So, say you’ve done all the busywork and you’ve stumbled upon a recipe or idea that you are ready to try out. You spend hours [or however long] cooking, and it’s delicious. You eat, clean up, and wake up the next day thinking, “damn, I have to do all that again?”
Part of me believes that the somewhat depressing cyclical nature of consumption is why some people choose to rely heavily on prepared meals and eating out. This brings me to the tip:
When cooking, prepare more than you will eat in one meal. Save the rest in individual serving sized bags or tupperware.
Seriously, do this for any meal that can be frozen or refrigerated and heated later. This is not to say you should make one extra fried egg and freeze it, because that is pointless. If you are making vegetable stir-fry, though, make double – your veggies won’t go bad in your fridge when you make a bulk purchase, and you can just re-heat your food for a quick meal. Every time I pull a single-serving of homemade vegetable soup out of my freezer I want to kiss myself, seriously.
Speaking of which, if you are freezing, do so in plastic baggies with the date written on it so you know on what day you were awesome enough to prepare lunch for your future self.
Recipe : Lemon’d Kale with Caramelized Onions
1 onion [your choice] – cut into bite-size pieces
[i enjoy long, skinny pieces]
a mess of kale [kale cooks down really quickly - two
hungry people can finish one grocery store bunch!]
salt and pepper
remove kale from stem and cut or tear into small-ish pieces
heat butter in a cast-iron skillet [if you have one] – enough in which to thoroughly bathe the onions
once butter is a-bubblin’, add onions and cover. cook until soft, a little brown, and irresistible-smelling
at the same time, place kale in large/deep frying pan.
add a couple splashes of water and more butter and turn on heat.
cook until the kale has wilted significantly and the color is deep green [i'd say around 7 minutes] – remember to stir!
add onions, lemon juice and salt and pepper to kale before serving
serve warm as a side dish
Full meal idea -
When I made this dish, it sat happily beside an ear of corn, fried eggplant, and a baked potato. It was a great veggie-based meal with lots of color and simple, fresh flavor. As an added bonus, all of the items were local. Challenge yourself to create something local with every meal and soon enough you’ll be enjoying fully local meals.
For all my NoVa pals, here’s where I’ve been shopping lately for my local fare:
Let’s help this amazing establishment stay in business…it’s the same price [or cheaper!] than any grocery store. Check it out!