Solo Sunday Meal Prep

by Willie on August 21, 2014

in Daily, Food Fuel, Recipes

Typically on Sundays, Angela and I prep our meals for the week. She usually does the lunches while I prep the dinners for the week. This past weekend, Angela was in Denver, CO running not one but two races so I had to take over Angela’s role for Sunday meal prep. I went to the grocery store on Sunday morning, which is my first solo trip for me without her, and I started cooking as soon as I got back. Now, I had already decided what I was going to cook before going to the store so I could buy all my ingredients. I cooked two meals for the week. One was a success and one was a mishap. Let’s start with the success meal.

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The Success Dish (Chicken and Rice):

I found the recipe for this dish in the America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook. I had just gotten back from the grocery and I had just bought my first Dutch oven (in the color blue, no less) so I wanted to try this bad boy out. If I remember correctly, it was a chicken and rice dish with tomatoes and vermouth (dry white wine). I used a whole chicken and cut it into 8 parts. I seared the pieces and then started cooking the aromatics (onions, garlic, etc). I added the liquid and the rice and let it cook with the chicken parts. When I was cooking it, I thought it was an ok dish. It took about 40-50 minutes in all to cook the whole dish. I tried the dish after it was done and I wasn’t really impressed with it. I packaged in into a container and let it sit in the refrigerator until Angela and I would eat it for lunch on Tuesday. On Tuesday, I tried the dish again and I really liked it. Angela calls it “drunken chicken” because you can taste the alcohol in it. She really enjoyed the dish herself as well. I guess letting food sit and trying it later can sometimes make a dish a lot better.

The Mishap Dish (Sweet Potato and Yogurt Curry):

Along with the chicken and rice dish, I attempted to make a Sweet Potato and Coconut Curry dish that I found from Kelsey Nixon’s book Kitchen Confidence. Now, I say this because I changed her dish and that was the first and critical mistake on my part. I don’t like Coconut. I’m just not a fan of it. So, I wanted to make this dish but I tried to find a substitute for coconut milk. Every website that I looked up suggested plain Greek yogurt. So, that what I did. This is where the dish turned into a mishap. Everything was going fine until I add Greek yogurt to the mix. The dish was creamy and it looked really good. Then, I started to simmer the dish. The whey in the yogurt started to separate and the dish turned into a speckled mess of white yogurt chunks and the rest of the dish. Unfortunately, and probably to my benefit, I didn’t take a picture of this monstrosity. I tasted the dish afterwards and it was not good. Angela tasted it a few days later and honestly, I couldn’t tell you what she thought of it. But again, I know where I went wrong with the dish and I know what to change in the future.

Luckily, I also seared some turkey cutlets along with the curry dish so I’ve been making salads instead for dinner.

So, what did you make for your meals this week? Did you have any successes? Did you have any mishaps?

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