Since we’ve moved in together, Eric and I have been eating very well.
I’d been really looking forward to us living together because all I really want in life is someone to let me cook for them. I love being able to diversify my single-girl menu and cook a lot of new recipes. Every day, it seems, I’m putting something delicious on the table and I love it.
Here are some of the things I’ve been making for dinner!
This was a really easy dinner — the ham was pre-cooked so I just put it in the oven so it could heat up (it takes about an hour). While the ham cooked for its last ten minutes, I sauteed the green beans in butter and made the potatoes in the microwave and then topped them with butter.
This dinner started with bone-in chicken breasts that I topped with a really simple maple syrup and mustard sauce from Ellie Krieger’s Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs recipe in The Food You Crave. I baked them for about 45 minutes and then did sweet potatoes in the microwave (topped with butter) and green beans in olive oil on the stovetop.
I saw this Grilled Chicken and Orange Skewers recipe in Real Simple magazine and it was so simple, I had to try it. I marinated the chicken ahead of time in a mango-cayenne marinade and then threw it on the grill. Served over rice and black beans, it was a great dinner and lunch.
Last night I made steak, garlic bread, and broccoli with butter from Ellie Krieger’s Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Grilled Garlic Bread recipes in So Easy. I wasn’t sure how the garlic bread would taste but the second it hit my tongue, I was in heaven. It was perfect. The steak was great too — the chimichurri sauce is really simple to make and adds a lot of spice and flavor. Like the title of the cookbook implies, everything was so easy. This was probably my favorite meal we had this week and it came together ridiculously fast.
While this all looks good, there have been some fails too. Like last night, when I decided I’d roast a whole chicken for the first time in more than a year. Target didn’t have the roasting pan I wanted so I bought a cheap disposable one. Turns out, the plastic covers that come with those are meant to be put on after roasting — they are not, in fact, ovenproof. I learned this the hard way when I checked the chicken halfway through and the cover had disappeared and the chicken was looking really shiny and crispy. The steak was actually a dinner rescue mission!
I’ve been cooking more than just dinners too — I’ve been making real breakfast every day. It’s usually some variation on eggs…either scrambled with sausage and peppers in a tortilla, on an English muffin with bacon and cheese, or scrambled up with some of that leftover ham. I’ve been making a solid effort to make healthy, square meals that leave us both feeling full and happy, and eggs definitely do the trick.
Lunches are usually leftovers, but I’ve also made a few special lunches, like the Greek meatballs and quite a few different chicken salads. I love lunch foods so I try not to have only leftovers.
What I like about all the meals that I’ve been making is that the portions are easily adjustable. It’s easy enough to serve Eric more meat or an extra egg so he doesn’t go hungry and I don’t gain weight. But that means we have to buy more meat and extra eggs. Not gonna lie — I’m not used to feeding a guy full-time and the sheer amount of meat we’re buying every week is sort of blowing my mind.