So far, the RNG meals are going quite well. As I wrote earlier, the first two meals were a success. We then had stuffed red peppers, which were quite yummy. The cabbage on the side was especially and surprisingly good, though I will say that in the future, unless I’m getting it from the farmer’s market, I’ll buy the preshredded cabbage. It’s just a pain to shred by hand. Wednesday, we had leftovers. There was some soup, one pepper, and a meal from before the great experiment. Geeky Boy and I had a quick sandwich. This was primarily because I had a PTO meeting and putting together a meal would have been difficult to do before the meeting.
Thursday, we had a chicken salad. The recipe originally called for shrimp, but Geeky Boy is allergic to shrimp, so I substituted chicken as the recipe suggested. There are several shrimp recipes in the book. I may have to substitute or make GB something separate when I make these. It’s a challenge. This was a tasty salad, though I’d say that it would be better in the summer since it’s served cold. I used a store made (organic) roast chicken. I boiled the carcass afterwards and made a chicken soup out of it for lunch over the weekend. The salad had plenty leftover as well, and I ate it for lunch. Yum.
Friday, we ordered pizza. Geeky Boy had a friend over, and it was Friday, good time to break from the routine.
Saturday, I made scallops with Chipotle-orange sauce. These were really yummy. Everyone liked them a lot. Geeky Girl was at a friend’s house, so she didn’t get to try them, but Mr. Geeky and Geeky Boy gave them two thumbs up.
Yesterday, we had sandwiches, which were by far the easiest thing I’ve made. They’re easy enough to make for lunch. We skipped the tomatoes on the side, but in summer, fresh tomatoes in a salad would be yummy.
Tonight, we had pork tenderloin. I think this was my favorite so far, but I’m a sucker for pork tenderloin. But the pepper crust gave it a nice zing that was cut slightly by the sweet sauce. It was a nice contrast. One thing I noticed, though, was that I had to cook the pork almost twice as long as suggested. It was nowhere near cooked when I checked it at the suggested time. I cooked it for another 15 minutes and it was perfect except for one especially thick piece, which I left in for another 5 minutes or so. The sauce, too, took longer to reduce than I expected. They said five minutes. It took 15. Also, I left the shitakes out of the veggie stir fry because I didn’t have time to reconstitute them. Plus, I don’t think the kids would have liked them. The veggies were still tasty.
Overall, I’ve been enjoying making different things and the family is enjoying tasting them. We seem to have food leftover at almost every meal, which can either be eaten for lunch or configured into another meal. But, we’re not saving a huge amount of money this way, for sure. I made a trip to the butcher, where the meat was actually quite cheap, but scallops were not. The pork tenderloin I got from the grocery store this time, but will probably get from the farmer’s market guy next time, which means it will cost me more. Most of the time, I’m a mess in the kitchen. These meals are designed to cook fairly quickly, so everything is happening at once. More than once, Mr. Geeky and the kids (who do the post-meal cleanup) have commented on the state of the kitchen after I have cooked. I try. I do, but I need to get better, I guess.
I hope to try to do these one at a time, so that I actually remember the meal better. It seems like a nice way to end the evening.