I confess we’ve been eating a lot of instant soup, frozen burritos, and plain salad lately.
Part of it is that I’ve been busy working, but I’ve also been a bit discouraged since a disastrous cooking experience earlier this month. I got excited about making this vegan saag paneer recipe. I remember thinking there was an awful lot of lemon juice in the recipe, but I followed it exactly (which is rare for me â€” I’m usually all about improvisation). It ended up taking MUCH longer than I expected and the meal we attempted to consume at around 9:30pm was lemony, salty, and basically pretty gross.
(Sweetie, of course, said it was good, but he’d probably eat grass and carpet fluff if I sauteed it in a little olive oil.)
At some point I’ll get over my bitterness and try the recipe again with a lot less lemon and salt. The texture, at least, was right on.
I did manage an on-the-fly potato soup last week that turned out pretty yummy. It’s so elementary that I’m hesitant to attach the “recipes” tag to this post, but maybe it will be helpful to someone. We had hardly any food in the house except half a bag of almost-gone potatoes. I sauteed an onion, added the chopped potatoes and some veggie bouillon, then boiled the concoction with a couple bay leaves until the potatoes were falling apart. I was too lazy to run the soup through the food processor, so I just mashed the heck out of it in the pot and seasoned with a ton of pepper. I also added some shredded fake monterey jack cheese which melted up nicely. Not exactly the pinnacle of healthy food, but it was satisfying and cheap and the leftovers tasted even better the next day.