A couple of friends called me yesterday inquiring about what I’ve been eating during this plastic-free week. At their suggestion, I am sharing a couple of the meals with you. I’ve learned quickly that it takes a bit of creativity in the kitchen when I don’t have the convenience of grabbing a frozen pizza (wrapped in plastic) if I’m feeling lazy. I will tell you right now that, though I enjoy baking, I do not love to cook. I never have and I can’t imagine it will soon become a favorite activity of mine. In some ways, this week has actually decreased my dread of dinnertime. I have a simpler list of ingredients to cook with, therefore I don’t spend as much time trying to figure out what to make.
Yesterday, I picked the first cucumber from our garden. Of course, I added it to the lunch menu. I looked around the kitchen for ideas on what to feed the kids for lunch. The loaf of bread was down to the heel and the grilled chicken was all gone. I thought why not oatmeal for lunch? That solved it. I gave the kids oatmeal with cucumber and nectarine slices on the side. Simple and nutritious!
When dinnertime rolled around, I eyed the bowl of squash on the kitchen counter. It was staring at me, begging to be cooked. I heated up some olive oil in a skillet and threw in about 2 tablespoons of diced onions. I sliced up a yellow squash, a zucchini, and a Mexican squash, then added them to the pan. After sauteing the squash for a few minutes, I added tomato, salt and pepper. I ran out into the garden and grabbed some oregano and basil to add to the mix. Remembering there was a grilled hamburger patty in the fridge, I cut it into small pieces and put it into the pan. Oh, it all smelled wonderful. After it was done cooking, I drizzled pasta sauce on top and added watermelon as a side. Lacking a cook’s intuition, I was proud of myself for creating a tasty meal without a recipe. My daughter wasn’t thrilled with the dish, but ate it anyway. My two-year-old son asked for seconds and Dan said it tasted quite good. Now, I won’t be winning any awards for my cooking, but I feel I’m getting along pretty well.