Do you have a favorite meal you could eat every day?
Even though I do enjoy trying new recipes, I'm the biggest creature of habit, especially when I find something I love to eat. My husband, on the other hand, likes to mix it up
I keep reminding him that I'm in good company. Victoria Beckham eats salmon every day. Willie Nelson's staples are oatmeal, bacon, and eggs. Ina Garten's loved Irish oatmeal for breakfast for the past ten years
So I've been thinking about a few of my go-tos over the years (and I'd love to hear yours)
A Risotto (of sorts) – When I was growing up, a staple at our house was either ring macaroni or rice (always mixed with melted cheese to make it creamy). I can still remember my mom reserving her own bowl with a “Do not eat” note. A warning (or plea, really) to the hungry teenagers that were sure to descend before she got home
Nowadays I've upped my game a bit. Instead of a handful of cheese, I'll stir a spoonful of Veganaise into my bowl of sushi rice, along with whatever roasted veggies are in the fridge. A sprinkle or two of nutritional yeast and a squirt of mustard to round it out
Tomato Soup – Usually served with grilled cheese to please my inner 5-year old. Sometimes, if I'm feeling fancy, I'll bake fresh bread, slice it while it's still warm and slide in a fat wedge of Brie so it gets extra nice and melty
Eggs – I've always enjoyed eggs, but it wasn't until our neighbors started keeping chickens a few years ago, that I really got hooked. I've never seen yolks as deep orange and their taste is unbelievable
Wedge Salads – A retro creation that's all about simplicity. And yet, a celebration of flavor and texture. Iceberg lettuce dripping with dressing and scattered with crisp bacon, tomatoes, and more. They're simple to make and we've eaten them for dinner more times than I can count
Three Bean Casserole – Whenever we have a family get-together, a slow-cooker full of this is a must. A total '70s throwback from our old country church's cookbook. One can't help but wonder about all of the small-town Iowa church potlucks the beans had been served at. No doubt on a styrofoam plate, next to potato salad and a white-bunned sandwich
Drip Beef – The first time I made the recipe, it was such a hit that it quickly became a staple. The meat is so good that I like to eat it unadulterated with a simple side of veggies. For my husband, on the other hand, I'll use a good whole wheat bread, add horseradish and some spicy mustard, slap on a piece of cheese and stick it under the broiler ’til the cheese is bubbling. Delish!
Greek Yogurt Pancakes – My dad always made pancakes for us when I was growing up (Aunt Jemima with extra butter and warm boysenberry syrup). I made them for my kids and now my son makes my greek yogurt version for his little guy >cue Lion King circle of life music<
Zesty Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Pot Sticker Stir-Fry – I’ve always made dinner with an eye towards leftovers for lunch the next day. I don't know about you, but sometimes it feels like so much of my day is spent figuring out what to eat and actually eating, that I get a bit food weary. Having some go-to's in the fridge for easy lunches always helps. The meat for either one of these is wonderful on its own, in the lettuce leaves, plopped atop a salad, or even in a wrap.
What about you? Is there something you always find yourself wanting to eat? Any good recommendations?
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