My friend’s version of cooking is taking two random ingredients and combining them. For example, canned green beans get paired with frozen meatballs and corn gets tossed in with sauteed chicken sausage. I always tease her about it, but I gotta say- it’s not bad!
Most of the time, I love whipping up fresh, unique dishes, like spiced chickpea tomato soup or marinated caprese salad. But on the days I don’t have the time, energy, or motivation to make a Tuscan chicken casserole, I should take inspiration from my friend- being satisfied with simple, easy combinations. Maybe it’s no colorful wheatberry salad, but hey, it’s also not McDonalds!
So I’m giving myself permission to buy a packet of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning instead of making the seasoning from scratch. Or even easier, buy Amy’s Southwestern Burritos. Stock up on Green Giant’s Just for One Broccoli & Cheese Sauce. Toss a few Bird’s Eye Voila! meals-like Garlic Chicken or Pasta Primavera with Chicken- into my cart. Sip Trader Joe’s Organic Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup.
Just not all the time….because seriously? Why is the first ingredient in taco seasoning maltodextrin?