Well, last night I got to thinking. This is exactly the way I cook! I get hooked on about 30 items and use them over and over in different ways. So, today's post will show you how to do that. Here are 30 main ingredients that will make you at least 30 (3 x top ten!) different meals.
Along with baked or grilled meat with a starch and vegetable on the side, this is what I cook for my family. Here's how to make this remixing chart work for you:
1. Choose a meat, a starch, and a veggie.
2. Decide on presentation: casserole, pie, cold salad, etc.
3. Decide on a topping (opt.)
4. Start mixing.
Chicken and rice with cream sauce and frozen peas is what we had for dinner last night (and it got rave reviews from everyone.)
*Try mixing ham, pasta, cheese sauce and broccoli and baking for 20 minutes for another yummy casserole.
*Mix tuna and chopped boiled eggs with mayo for a cold salad.
*Saute chopped, cooked pork (or chicken or ham) with cooked rice, peas and carrots, scrambled eggs, and soy sauce for a yummy stir fried rice.
Get the idea? I've never thought of it this way before, but this is basically all I do to feed our family for the 300 or so nights that I cook each year!
*Cream/cheese sauce. Melt 2T butter over medium heat in sauce pan, add 2T flour and whisk until just brown. Add 2C of milk and stir constantly until thickened. Add 2 bullion cubes and stir until dissolved. For cream sauce, reduce milk to 1 1/2 cups and add 2/3 cup mozzarella. For cheese sauce, add 2C of sharp cheddar. I make mine like this because I'm lactose intolerant and I can use soy milk instead of regular milk. If I weren't lactose intolerant, I might make my own or I might cheat and use cream soup!Linked to Top Ten Tuesdayand Lucky Linky Tuesday What's Cooking Wednesday and It's a Keeper