What are you eating today? Cooking inspiration!

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EdithKeeler
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I thought I'd mention that I'm having a ton of fun with Imperfect Foods. Not posting this to get anything, but it's fun--each week you get a box of groceries that you can customize, and the food is VERY fresh, but not perfect like at the grocery store. In my box this week I got some of the biggest carrots I've ever seen in my life, but cut up, there're in the pot roast for tonight. I feel like I'm on "Chopped," thinking about what I'm going to make with my box of ingredients.

Tonight: a pot roast I had in the freezer, the giant carrots from the box, potatoes from the box, onions I had on hand, some garlic from the box, celery I had on hand, and an apple pie from stuff I had on hand. I'm having my brother over, and he'll likely take most of the leftovers home. Tomorrow I'm planning to make roasted veggies--potatoes, beets, carrots, onions--sprinkled with feta cheese, and maybe some fish.

The box also had pears this week, blood oranges, regular oranges, tomatoes, asian pears (ate both of those out of hand this morning), blueberries, romanesque cauliflower, green beans... and I think that's it. Lemons, too.

Anyway--it's more fun than Blue Apron, because it's free-form. And cheap. My whole box of stuff, plus add-ons of gnocchi, quinoa and pasta--was $30.

davtheram12
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Morning: Two breakfast tacos with pan fried eggs and homemade habanero honey hot sauce and 18 oz. of hot black tea with a splash of whole milk.
Snack: 8 oz. drip coffee, 3 homemade chocolate chip cookies.
Lunch: Homemade chicken curry with potatoes served over a bed of basmati rice.
Snack: 8 oz. drip coffee, 3 Tbsp of chunky peanut butter.
Dinner: 10 homemade pork dumplings and a medium bowl of Thai chicken coconut milk soup.
Post workout meal: 3 tbsp peanut butter served on 2 pieces of toast drizzled with a little honey

sid3
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9 am: 3 eggs cast iron pan fried topped with sriracha
9:30-11:30: 16 oz french press coffee listening to the Lovedrive album by the Scorpions
2 pm: Mountain dew kickstart I got for free when I wagered that I could swing from a ceiling mounted chain onto a filing cabinet then jump through a doorway so as to avoid walking over 10 ft of wet paint, plot twist: the ceiling mounted chain was mounted to a linear beam and I traveled 6 feet sideways onto a desk before heading to the filing cabinet.
3:45: 1 dried date
weight lifting
6:15: 1 pilsner
7: 1 lb low quality cast iron pan fried steak. Onion, green pepper, and mushrooms fried in steak juice, sauerkraut side. 8 oz Yellow Tail Merlot.
7:30: 4 oz blue corn tortilla chips, 9 oz guacamole, shitload of vitamin and fish oil pills, 1 pilsner
8:00: 3 oz Merlot
8:30: 3 oz Merlot
Sometime later: a litle more wine and another beer and dipping tobbaco while playing poker
2 am: more chips and guac
Zero bullets shot.

Inspirational?

Frita
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@EdithKeeler
Imperfect Foods sounds awesome. When I checked out their site, I discovered it doesn’t deliver to our state.

At the first of the month my favorite grocery store has a $10 bag sale. In-season fruits are veggies, all one can fit in a large handled paper bag (Think Tetris.), are included. This month it was grape tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, several types of apples, bananas, mangoes, romaine lettuce, celery, red and green peppers, carrots, and avocados (boring month). We eat a lot of produce so this is pretty great.

Alphaville
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After my morning oj+whey shake I had a comical 2nd breakfast of Maruchan Yakisoba Spicy Chicken ($0.59/packet), which I had bought on a lark, because every now and then I like to make small offerings to the junk food gods, and appease them.

Turns out each packet has roughly 500kcal and 12g protein (from powdered chicken, soy flour, wheat) and so it kept hunger in check, plus the habanero + umami excess was tasty. Unfortunately it includes 8g sugar plus some dubious ingredients. Eh...

Nutritional limitations aside, the problem I see here is the massive amount of garbage generated by this product. A plastic tray, a foil lid, 2 plastic packets inside, plastic film around the whole thing... too trashy for habitual consumption.

Colibri
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I cooked chicken hearts last week. I usually don't really buy meat but I was intrigued and bought a small pack from the grocery store. It is also very cheap. You will usually find them along chicken liver.

Cut all the hearts in two and remove the fat before cooking. I cooked them with a lot of chopped garlic and grated ginger with a dash of oil. It is a bit chewy and you well likely get a metallic after taste but all in all it is worth it if you want your meat fix once in a while. Getting chicken hearts from organic chicken is probably best too. Which I didn't do.
Bon appétit.

EdithKeeler
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I made this recipe this weekend. It got rave reviews. The only thing I changed was I almost doubled the sauce (I like saucy enchiladas—I used leftover sauce in migas last night—see below).

https://www.budgetbytes.com/snap-challe ... nchiladas/

I like that Budget Bytes website. She posts what everything costs, she has detailed pictures, and she doesn’t use a ton of crazy ingredients. I recommend if you’re looking for some new things to try. Most of her stuff is on the healthier side and she has quite a few vegetarian recipes.

I made my version of migas last night—well, a version.
Fried up the 2 leftover tortillas from the enchiladas, removed, dumped half a bag of leftover shredded cabbage in the skillet and lightly fried/steamed that up, and removed that. Took about a half a cup of that leftover enchilada sauce, dumped that in the pan and scrambled it with 2 eggs. Layered the chips on top of the cabbage, and the eggs on top of that. It was a fridge clean-out mess but it was DELICIOUS!!

Alphaville
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Just had a lunch of black beans (cooked from scratch), ditalini pasta, cooked chopped spinach, and olive oil. It’s hearty, it’s nutritious, it’s cheap and easy to make, it tastes great.

George the original one
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I turned a 3 lb chub of hamburger into meatloaf last night. Mixed in finely diced or grated onion, sweet pepper, celery, quick cook oats, & carrots. Glaze from ketchup, sugar, & worcestershire sauce. It turned out fabulous, tender & fluffy, but was a lot more work than I anticipated as thoroughly mixing the ingredients by hand was a chore and this was a double batch.

EdithKeeler
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Today: homemade cream of mushroom soup and roasted sugar snap peas. Yum.

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