Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Food Remixing Repost

Here's a post first shown on Of Such is the Kingdom on Feb. 22, 2011and worth reposting. Maybe it'll simplify summer cooking for you!

Have any of you been keeping up with the new movement in the fashion world called "remixing"? It's actually a trendy bringing back of the very old idea of mixing up your clothes. This blogger is the queen of remixing and is sponsoring a "30 for 30" challenge right now. If you take the challenge, you can only wear a carefully chosen 30 items of clothing (and shoes) for 30 days. Pretty interesting, right?
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!
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4 comments:

  1. this is so cool! & bookmarked! :D

    -Samantha
    www.kreativekaring.com

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  2. Oh I love this idea! So creative :D

    Thanks so much for following me! I'm following you back :)

    Have a great week!
    Katrine

    thegentleflower.blogspot.com

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  3. Thanks for stopping by; following you back. What an interesting idea...I've never heard of remixing. It may just make dinner prep quicker in our household.

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  4. What an excellent concept - and such a great way to simplify. Thank you for sharing another interesting post with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop. Have a lovely weekend!

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