All during quarantine we have been making meals that have pantry staples and some items we have in the fridge. We’ve had to get creative at times and it’s honestly been fun. I’m the first to admit that I’m not making up a bunch of new recipes or trying crazy new dishes, but we are making the most of what we have on hand minus a few grocery pick ups here and there for fresh produce. No contact necessary! So this one (and the next few) will look a little different but maybe it can give you some fun ideas and inspiration to make some new things or turn the mundane into extraordinary with what you have on hand.
Chicken Nachos: I grilled almost 3 pounds of chicken on Sunday and used it all throughout the week. Check out last weeks post for some ideas on what we did with it. These remind me of Mi Cocina nachos and they are oh so good. We did black refried beans, white cheddar and put that in the oven on 425 degrees for about 5-7 minutes. Just until the cheese was melted. Then I added some chopped yellow onion and slices of chicken with chili lime seasoning. Put that back in the oven at 200 degrees and let it all get warm. I also roasted a jalapeno on 425 for 10 minutes. I made fresh pico with that. Just jalapeno, yellow onion, tomatoes, all diced up and added S+P with some fresh lime juice. I left out the jalapeno seeds for my pico but kept it for J’s.
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup: Ahhhh grilled cheese on a cold rainy day. I used a grueyer and cheddar mixed cheese, sliced up some red apple, and smoked turkey. I buttered both sides of bread and let one side sit and get nice and toasty. I then flipped those over and put all of our toppings on the hot side of the bread. I closed the lid to our griddle/panini press and let it sit for 10 minutes until they were grilled to perfection. We will be making grilled cheese again soon becuase I had some leftover tomato soup. Now, I usually make my own soup, but because of the current conditions I bought pre-made organic tomato soup from TJ’s about a month and a half ago. I just added some garlic, onion salt, S+P, and a little dried basil to give it something extra. This meal was a hit.
Chicken Wings: We did a butcher box order when this all started and I’m so glad we did. We got wings as a freebie in this box. So I made garlic parmesan, teryaki, and BBQ. Garlic parm was so easy. Just melt about 4 T. of butter, whisk it with 2 T. garlic powder, 1 T. onion powder, 1 tsp. garlic cholula (optional), pinch of S+P, and parmesan cheese. Teryaki-not my favorite one I made. Next time I will do a slurry with cornstarch. It just didn’t stick to the wings as well as I would’ve liked. I used 3 T. coconut aminos, 1 T. honey, 1 tsp. siracha, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. onion salt, pinch of S+P. The flavor was good where it stuck but that’s why I’d do a slurry. Lastly, BBQ. I just used Head Country BBQ sauce. I coated the wings, put them on a baking rack over a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil, and put them in the oven for 30 min. at 425. They got really crispy and were so moist still. I brushed some of the leftover marinades on each of them when I got them out of the oven. Of course, these marinades were left in the bowl and did not touch any raw chicken. We had tater tots and green beans. No fresh veggies currently because we haven’t been to the store. A bummer, but oh well.
Spaghetti: Normal run of the mill spaghetti. Store bought sauce, store bought noodles and ground beef.
Chicken and Veggies: Before we ran out of all of our fresh veggies I made chicken, fresh green beans, and baked potatoes. I didn’t get a photo of this one, but take my word for it. This was AMAZING and EASY. I coated the green beans in avocado oil, italian seasoning, garlic seasoning, S+P and let them roast in the oven for 10 minutes at 425. I took the chicken and put a mixed white cheddar cheese on top and put that in the oven with the green beans for 5 minutes. Careful not to dry out the chicken. I also used gimme some ovens recipe for baked potatoes. We ate it all. Not even the skin on the potato was left because it was so good.
Sandwiches: We also did turkey sandwiches one night. We needed to use it before it went bad. Just mayo, red onion, cheese, turkey, and a little S+P. We had chips and dip -kale and spinach dip from TJ’s!
We also baked this week. Shocker! I’m baking nonstop it feels like. It’s a great activity for bubs to help me with though. We really do have fun together. I baked orange cranberry banana bread from this site. I love all of Ali’s recipes. I just subbed GF flour and it turned out perfectly! I will also say, we didn’t have orange juice. I used fresh squeezed juice from a Cara Cara orange and the flavor wasn’t as intense as I would’ve liked. The boys loved it though. Next time I make it I will make it with orange juice though.