in an effort to live a more fulfilling and well-rounded life, and to save money so we can pay off our car so we can save up to build our house at dukes' farm, we have been cooking for ourselves a lot more lately. before judah we at out a LOT and rarely cooked. not that we werent able to; jesse and i both have always been able to cook a very passable plate of food. it was just easier and more fun to go out to eat than to have to plan ahead, buy the groceries, cook, clean, etc.
well our new strategy has worked well, and i think we might be saving money. i know for sure that i have way more yummy lunches to take to work thanks to leftovers so i am not having to get fast food or just snack all day to stay full. unfortunately we have a separate budget for out to eat and groceries, so with our leftover out to eat money we just go to fancier restaurants a few times instead of cheaper ones 4 times a week. alas.
we have always been in love with publix apron's simple meals. they have these cooking demonstrations at about 5 pm at the stores. right when you walk in you see nice lady cooking delicious and tiny plates of food for you to try. all the ingredients are right there for you to grab from a cooler or shelves and the recipe card to take home. no matter if someone is cooking a demonstration or not, there are always about 10 cards available to take (we even bought the special binder with dividers to store our treasured recipes). every time i have ever tasted one of their sample meals, or made one of my own, it has been delicious. they are designed to be made in less than 1 hour, cost just a few bucks per serving and be pretty healthy. their tagline is "Time is short. But you and your family can still sit down to a homemade meal together, thanks to Apron’s Simple Meals. These recipes are easy and delicious, and many take as little as 15 minutes to prepare." we plan to be a "family that eats together stays together" type of family so we figured we'd better get used to cooking when we get home so we'll be ready when its judah plus siblings coming home from school as well as just us coming back from work.
the deal is, on mondays i have dinner ready for jesse and on thursdays he cooks for me while i have my late day at work. wednesdays i have leftovers or a frozen meal while jesse is at church and tuesdays we try to go out with friends or have a date. here are two favorites that we both got to come home to last week:
jesse made Barbecue Baby Back Ribs and Fresh Corn Risotto. we added a fresh caesar salad with our home made dressing.
i clearly hated them
then on monday, i made on one of the first apron's meals we ever had. Salmon Satay With Orange-Jasmine Rice and Chopstick Salad
holy moly this meal is AMAZING. i dont really enjoy cooked salmon at all usually, but the sesame peanut sauce they pair with it is off the hook...unless you have nut allergies (Entschuldigung, Herr Justin). plus the rice and salad are so uniquely tasty. dont worry, the small portion of salmon was just for food styling purposes, i doubled up after the pic. Omega-3's people!
pardon me while i go browse the publix site for tonight's culinary orgasmo.