Thing is, I felt bad because I was disconnected from something I love. I like to cook. I like to get an order of weekly groceries (with the occasional pit stop) and make due with what's been bought for meals. I think having someone else doing most of the cooking for awhile threw me off. I lost my mojo. Didn't know what I wanted to eat. I have discovered that I like adding spices or sauces to dishes on a whim. Hardly ever do I stick to a recipe when it comes to dinnertime meals. And so. I found myself back in the kitchen. With the 5 o'clock hour upon me, I opened the fridge. I looked in the crisper. I checked the pantry. I inspected the shelves. And I got away with 3 days worth of meals without a trip to the grocery store; I am proud to add.
For now, I will write about my chickpea "everything but the kitchen sink" stir-fry meal.
It is quite simple. I don't really follow any formal cooking rules for cooking anything, so bear with me. Maybe this blog is a joke. Glup. Nah, don't care that much. (I learned how to cook from being the oldest sibling thus responsible for babysitting and feeding said siblings when mom and dad worked late - there were a lot of ultra simple casseroles - something I have yet to post about. Intriguging). I took the veggies that were appropriate to use in a stir-fry and chopped them up. Added them to a skillet with coconut oil. I used kale, onion, garlic, sweet bell pepper, mushrooms and zucchini. Then I added a can of rinsed chickpeas to the mix. Seasoning included salt, pepper, chilli flakes, curry powder for the Mid East Food Centre from up the street, and let it brown altogether. I made a side of quinoa and in a bowl I combined the veggie mixture and had myself a lovely supper.
I was told the quinoa could be ditched and the mix could be added to a tortilla, with sour cream, avocado and salsa. Could be good?
Warm up a pat of coconut oil in a cast iron pan
add chopped onion and garlic and brown
add in mixed veggies, stir
add in rinsed and drained chickpeas
add seasoning to taste
Serve on a bed of cooked quinoa or rice
Mix it all up in a bowl (maybe add a dash of soya sauce to the quinoa for flavour)
and Bob's your uncle.