Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wild Rice Chicken Pot


I haven't been doing such a good job of cooking for the past, oh, months and months. If you were to ask what we eat, I'm not sure I'd be able to answer the question. A quick soup with toast. Shepherd's pie. Um. I think I made random thing with quinoa and canned cream of mushroom soup last week? Every night has been a struggle staring at nearly empty shelves that reveal no dinner ideas.

For a while, we were just eating crackers and cheese.

Then we ran out of crackers.

Why so much failure in the kitchen department? Sure, we're trying to save as much money as possible since we have no idea what we're doing with ourselves, real estate wise. But we would never deny ourselves food for the sake of keeping a few extra bucks in our bank account. Nope; I have come to the realization that I actually loath grocery shopping.

I used to love wandering the aisles of the grocery store, dreaming of the deliciousness I could whip up in the kitchen. It was a place to go a little wild, a place to dream big. It was also a place to problem solve, to read labels, compare prices, and make choices that balanced the health factor with affordability. But somewhere along the way, grocery shopping changed. It morphed from a leisure activity to a hassle, a necessary errand that sapped my energy, took time away from home, away from the puppies, away from projects and evenings on the couch with my feet up and a book in my hand.

The hard-knock life of a working woman, I supposed.

(Dear self: give yourself a break. The world is a different place than it was even 20 years ago. You can't do it all. No one can do it all.)

Anyway, I managed to shake off the stagnation of winter and my 8:30-4:30 last night. The trip to the grocery store for spinach, rice, and chicken meant I didn't get a work out in, and perhaps that loss wasn't worth it. But, I'm determined to get back on top of this, back on top of what goes into our mouths.


Wild Rice Chicken Pot

This was delicious. It was simple, hearty, nutritious. Even better, it only took a single pot to make.

(Well, two, if you count the pot I cooked the rice in, but I suppose you could cook the rice, then remove it to cook the chicken...)

I used red rice, which is my favourite new discovery. It's pretty, and it has this nice chewy texture, not quite as soft was white, or even brown rice.

It felt good to make something new.

I made no changes to the original recipe. You can find it here at The Hot Plate!

Have you found any wonderful new recipes lately? Or, do you share my struggles with balancing dinner - and the grocery store - with all the things you must do and all the things you want to do?

4 comments:

  1. I struggled for years with cooking, as I came from a family who ate take-out 4-5 times a week. After I had my first child, I realised we were spending too much money on restaurants, and we were eating junk. So I came up with a system, and I must adhere to it every week, or else we end upeating pancakes for supper. I have a master list of budget recipes , and a list of recipes I want to try. When I get the grocery circulars every week, I sit down and match my recipes with the sales that week. I make a list of 5 recipes , according to what's on sale and what I have in my freezer . I even write down the dollar amounts next to the items on my grocery list, because it is so easy to go over budget at the grocery store. And that's my system ! I do this once a week, it takes about one hour, and I save a lot of time and money over the week, because it's almost impossible to order take out when you have all the ingredients for a meal in your fridge ! Hope this helps !

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  2. We also struggle a lot with cooking, I find especially when it's just the 2 of us it's harder. We through out a ton of food because we are just too busy and never have time to cook. Plus Branko tends to have large lunches with his co-workers and when he gets home he doesn't want a meal. Chicken stir-fry and taco's are our go to quick meals! If i'm just cooking for me I sometimes make a Risotto and through a bunch of broccoli in it, this also always gives me lunch for the next day.

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  3. Cooking goes out the window with my 8-9pm days during busy season... I have no idea what the BF eats when I'm gone. I try to be better during the rest of the year...

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  4. We manage to have most dinner meals at home (although sometimes that means dinner isn't on the table until 9 or even 10pm). Lunch, however, is a bit trickier. We usually take leftovers for lunch, but I frequently find myself being in places where a microwave isn't easily accessible and end up eating out more than I'd like. I tend to shop once a week and late at night to avoid the crowds and get the job done as quickly as possible.

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