How’re you all doing?
We went to a birthday party for a friend’s little boy the other night….HILARIOUS when he ate his cupcakes.
By the way, I need the caramel frosting recipe she made. Holy smokes it was good!
Cooking Without a Recipe
Soooooo if you’ve hung around here for a bit you’ve probably realized I don’t post a lot of recipes. There are several reasons for this:
- I’m lazy
- I don’t love to cook (I know, gasp!)
- I don’t really meal plan
- I don’t ever truly follow recipes
So do me & Jared even eat meals?!
Hah. Yes, yes we do. And we eat every dinner together except for Wednesdays when neither of us are home at a dinner hour.
Other than those first 16 weeks of my pregnancy, I’ve cooked at least 2x/week for us during our marriage.
I do it because I want to eat a good meal, and because I love Jared. But honestly? I’d be fine with homemade pizza, homemade paninis, or chopped salads every night. With a few nights out per month at Cafe Rio.
But alas, I also know deep down that I need to cook a variety of foods for Jared & I because it is kind of fun to have a new meal. And as much as he loves me & says he could eat refried beans every day…..
I just couldn’t do that to him longterm, ya know?
I also only cook meals that take less than 30 minutes (I can do prep ahead of time though), and I do not cook meals that have crazy ingredients that I’d never buy or use again.
The other day when I was trying to decide what to make (at the grocery store…..), I thought of the main part (which I had in my pantry), and grabbed 1 item I needed at the grocery store, and then whipped it together later that night.
I posted a picture of it on instagram and someone asked if I had the recipe….
No, I don’t. But because I am nice, I will give you the ingredients list & the (really vague) directions of how to make it.
So where does this ‘type’ of cooking without a recipe come from?!?
You guys, I realized this the other night! My mom is an amazing cook (such good food!) but she never follows a recipe. Ever. She has the base idea in her head, and then she throws in whatever she might have on hand…and wahhlah! Dinner!
She uses fresh herbs, lots of fresh veggies, & a dash of unhealthy stuff (butter, cream, sour cream, etc)-so her food always tastes decadent but healthy. She is a master at it, and people love her meals.
I had an ahah moment when I realized that is how I do it too!
See? I’m already becoming more like my mom! (Which, by the way, I’d take as a compliment any day since she’s an amazing lady).
And without further ado, here is the meal that is crazy good but doesn’t necessarily have the most clear directions… 😉
Thai Coconut Chicken Curry
- 1 can curry paste (I think it’s 4 oz?)
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 red bell peppers
- 2/3 cup milk (or almond milk)
- 3 breasts chicken -cooked & shredded
- 1 bag frozen broccoli
- salt to taste
- shredded coconut for garnish; sour cream or Chobani for garnish
- cook chicken breasts in crock pot (it took
methe crock pot 4 hours)
- shred or dice chicken
- in a medium saucepan over medium heat add the chicken, curry paste, & milk
- slice the bell peppers & throw those & broccoli into the pan
- let everything simmer for 5 minutes
- add the can of coconut milk
- simmer for 5-7 minutes
- add salt to taste
- plate & top with shredded coconut and/or yogurt
The curry paste I used is legit and it is HOT. My mom buys it for me at an international store in StL–so I load up whenever I see her. She’s the best!
This recipe is also really good with sweet potatoes, cashews, carrots and or whatever other veggies you want to chuck in there.
I love this meal because it is tasty, easy, and I often have most of this on hand. WIN!
And now you know. Your friend, Annette, is lazy when it comes to dinner.
- I am thankful for my lime essential oil–it’s been so good in my water!
- I am super grateful for a/c. It can get hot outside. Dang!
- I am real thankful for tender mercies.
Have a GREAT day, my friends!
How do YOU cook in the kitchen!?? Are YOU a recipe follower or designer or not??! What items do YOU usually use for dinner? What are YOU thankful for today?!