Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The grid fails

You are seriously not even going to believe what I did tonight.

I made food for dinner that was NOT ONLY NOT on the grid, but it was also a new recipe that I picked at RANDOM out of a COOKBOOK. Mr. Quimby wasn't home, but the girls gobbled it up and asked for 2nds, then 3rds, and then 4ths !!!!

Mr. Quimby commented this morning that we have two dozen eggs in the refrigerator* and instead of cooking what is on the grid for Wednesday nights (chicken and black bean taco roll-ups with steamed carrots) that perhaps we could cook something with eggs - like scrambled eggs. "Oh no, I protested. Scrambled eggs is on the grid for Saturday OR Sunday lunch. We couldn't possibly cook them on Wednesday night." (I joke, I didn't really say that. I said, oh, good idea.) Later in the afternoon, Mr. Quimby called from work and said he was going to be late. At that point, it was too late to start chicken taco roll-ups.

"What shall I do ?"I moaned.

I don't really like making scrambled eggs - too much babysitting. "Hmmm, I wonder if there is a way to make eggs IN THE OVEN. I think I've heard of something like this before." So I got out my handy-dandy red checkered cookbook, turned to the egg section and LO AND BEHOLD I found a recipe for an oven omelet. It couldn't have been easier. (Next time I'll know to actually preheat the oven and use a slightly bigger pan so that the eggs aren't crispy on the edges.) I also found some type of oven baked hash browns in the back of the freezer and made those, and some waffles from scratch**, and we had ourselves a delicious dinner. Next time I might try cooking just a little bit of bacon beforehand and crumbling it on top during the last minute of cooking the eggs. I also might try sprinkling some cheese on top, but frankly, I didn't want to press my luck this time.

I don't think I'm going to go ape-sh1t and replace Wednesday night, but I'm thinking that I might replace Friday night's option of steak or hamburgers with this. I rarely seem to get my act together on Friday afternoons to cook steak or hamburgers, and if I replace that with the egg/potato/waffle option, then we'll be eating red meat only once a week. And it's a minute amount of red meat at that, because it's 4 cooked ounces of ground beef that I use in our spaghetti sauce.

Next week: I'm going to re-do the lunch menu to change it up for January. Woo-hoo !!!

*Actually, what Mr. Quimby said was "There's two dozen eggs in the refrigerator. I don't see how living simply involves two dozen eggs in the refrigerator that have been there for a week!"

**In my definition, from scratch includes boxes of a mix that require more to be added to them than water. Therefore, pancake mix that you ONLY add water to? That is not from scratch. But pancake mix that you have to add eggs, oil AND water to? That is from scratch. You, you, you, you, and you without the blog (who actually know how to cook quite well) please allow me to maintain this illusion.


V said...

Hey, I cook with a lot of Trader Joe's chicken/beef/veggie stock. I haven't managed to make my own stock since having Teo!! But I still consider that "from scratch".

Good for you on a meal the girls demanded more of. That is a rare occurrence in our house since the older one has gotten finicky except when restaurants are involved.

Elaine said...

Sounds delicious.

Sandy said...

Impressive and Yummy!!!

Stacy said...

I'm seriously impressed with the grid. I do meal planning, I do grocery shopping, I try to keep the house from looking too neglected...but I don't have a grid. And I'm seriously wondering why not?!?! That's it. After Christmas, I'm making a grid!

And I'm putting eggs on it every week, because to me that is the ultimate in cheap and easy food ;)

dc604 said...

rosco's chicken and waffles!!!!!!

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