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Monday, August 17, 2015

I kept myself busy in the kitchen today to keep my mind off missing our college kid. Tomorrow I'll be back in the crazy rush of work, but having too much time on my hands today was going to tempt me into a self-pity funk.

So I de-boned, de-skinned, and de-fatted a Costco rotisserie chicken for protein to top off lunch salads for the week. I then boiled the carcass for a long while to make a rice congee; I added some fresh corn for texture. I've found congee is a good way for me to get my rice fix in a carb efficient way - a half cup of uncooked jasmine rice cooked in the chicken broth long enough eventually makes 4 generous servings of thick congee. I had one serving for lunch and froze the other three.

Then I made a big vat of chicken tikka masala using fresh chicken tenderloins we got at Costco as well. My recipe called for heavy cream, but I found fat-free half-and-half at the grocery and the dish turned out fine - definitely not as rich but still flavorful, and the kid gave me a big thumbs up. I made enough to feed the family three dinners, so saved one portion for tomorrow and will freeze the other two. I'll just add a big salad for all and some roti for the hub and kid, and dinner will be taken care of.

Seeing my stack of lunches in the fridge and stacks of frozen homemade meals in the freezer felt satisfying; something got done today. Now I need to finish preparing for a work presentation tomorrow morning before going to bed; cooking was more fun!
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  • PJDANIELS
    You were certainly busy. I really like prepping food for the coming week, it makes a huge difference.
    2073 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    Bemused, I'm glad I had already eaten dinner by the time I read this, because it made me salivate! Rotisserie chicken! Congee! Jasmine rice! Chicken tikka masala! Whew! I'll bet your house smelled SOOOOO good today--and all this was healthy stuff. I hope that being so prepared will reduce the stress of what you earlier mentioned will be a pretty deadline-filled week. Take care, and enjoy those delicious-sounding meals!
    2073 days ago
  • MCFITZ2
    Well I have to ask, What is congee??? Is it like boiling the chicken parts to get a stock/broth?
    Hope you college age youngster enjoys the experience and does really well.
    2073 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1338628
    Great job planning lunches. I need to be better about that, so that I can get out of the door faster.
    2073 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    get a good night sleep
    2073 days ago
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