The Many Lives of Chipotle Chicken
Now that J. and I are both working full time we’ve had to try and find new ways to get things done like cooking. When I’m working out of the office it’s relatively easy for me to cook a couple nights a week but when I travel J. was eating cereal. No seriously he would eat meal after meal of cereal. It’s not healthy and it’s not all that cheap.
Instead of resorting to a bunch of convenience foods I decided to try my hand at cooking a couple meals on Saturday to freeze and refridgerate for the week. Last weekend I made chipotle chicken, gingerbread, bread, tomato tart and baked ziti. It took me about five hours and it was exhausting. By the time I was done my desire to clean was nonexistent but that’s what Sunday is for I guess. The gingerbread recipe came from one of our cookbooks and made two loaves (one to eat and one to freeze), the bread recipe is a whole wheat recipe I can’t seem to get right, and the ziti made two 8X8 casserole dishes worth. I put one in the freezer and one in the fridge. I figure freezing some stuff will cut down my work load in a couple weeks when I pull them out and it helps keep variety in our diet without having to cook/bake something new every day.
Making it all at once works well but it can be limiting. I realized I need to create not necessarily meals but components of meals that can be used in different ways. For example, I made chipotle chicken for use in a burrito but it could work easily in a quesadilla or nachos. Since J. is a little burned out on burritos we are going to try it with nachos tonight.
Since the meat is already cooked I’m going to put a layer of tortilla chips down and top them with chicken, cheese, and black beans (all things we have already). I figure 10 minutes will heat everything through and then we can eat them with salsa and sour cream. It will be a quick and easy way to give new life to the chipotle chicken.
Today I made turkey chili, raspberry “breakfast” bars, and bread. I’ll only be traveling a couple days this week so I’ll be able to cook two nights this week and we’ll have leftovers the rest. Friday J. goes out of town for three weeks and I’m not sure yet how much I’ll cook if it’s just me. I’ll be traveling at least one of those weeks so we’ll save money on groceries but when I’m home I don’t want to fall into the cereal trap!