Gosh, I feel a bit slow in my blogging lately.
Work has been pretty busy... all-day meetings and traveling around has not been good for both the blog and my eating patterns. Working and blogging are not compatible, especially if I still want to do things worth blogging about, like cooking. By the time I get home, I just want to unplug. Blogging what?
To make sure I don't need to cook every night, I make food in batches like this:
Twice-baked potatoes with goat cheese and chives. Basically, I baked scrubbed and pierced potatoes at 425-deg for about 20 minutes, scooped out the middles into a bowl once they kind of cooled, mixed the mashed middles with a tsp of Earth Balance, goat cheese, and chives, and stuffed it back into the potatoes. Another 15-20 minutes in the oven, and now I had a salad accompaniment for a few days.
Casseroles have become a staple for sure... one prep = many lunches and dinners. I used frozen tortillas for this and was surprised they were even still viable from way back when. I also used the frozen cashew "cheeze" I had left over from mac n' shews.
Even after this, I still have quite the stack of tortillas and vat of faux cheese leftover. Wonderful???
Before adding the "cheeze," I mixed corn, black beans, and green chiles and put them in the tortillas. The whole thing was topped off with the enchilada sauce on the right. I loved this version of sauce because it had a kick (hence the red can)!
Here's the "quality control" piece that I had during dinner. The cashew cheeze actually worked really well with the rest of the flavors.
Sometimes, blogging feels like another job, but most of the time, it's a job that I don't mind. Same thing with cooking. I don't eat out nearly as much as I used to, so although cooking often feels like a job, I love what I learn from it and recreate dishes that would probably be unhealthy and cost me $$$$.
I'm sure I could find more efficient ways to do both.