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Friday, February 4, 2011

Chicken or Beef?

What can a wife do with two hot plates, a microwave oven, and a mini fridge?

1.) Eat out
2.) Be eternally thankful she's not cooking
3.) Refrigerate soy sauce (for those nights she orders chinese)

Yeah, I know, all those super wives out there would take one look at this list and gawk. And yes, we kept a six pack in our fridge. Ben and I called this our extended honeymoon, and it was amazing.

We lived above a garage where the bed took up a quarter of the apartment, where the dining room table was the place we played rummy and where the kitchen sink was the perfect size to hold a newborn baby. We absolutely cherished our studio apartment, and more importantly it kept me from the harsh realities of everyday cooking.

But now I've moved into the battlefield. My two hot plates transformed into four gas burners and my mini fridge transfigured into the size of a, well, slightly larger mini fridge.

When we first moved in it was like we moved into a castle. And I was SO excited to start cooking, I jumped in and became a front runner.

I made Spaghetti and Meatballs, of course. And lot's of mexican food (it's Ben's favorite). Fajitas, Quesadillas, Burritos!!!

My first two weeks were glorious. I never ran out of ideas, and I even made soup for when we were feeling under the weather (what a good housewife I was becoming!!)  But two weeks in I came to a harsh stop, and realized something that I believe will stick with me for the rest of my life....

What is there besides chicken, or beef??? (basically, that's what you have every dinner, OK?)

What starch is there besides rice, pasta, or potatoes???? (if you can give me another starch  I'll be shocked)

This was a horrifying realization for me, that most of you have gone through already. But this was new to me. For a week this haunted me until I decided to take on a different perspective,

Variety is NOT to be the spice of life in this category. What you DO with these categories are.

And thankfulness.

The children of Israel were huge complainers, but God fed them so faithfully with manna.

 God had something a little bigger in store for them to live by, besides food. And the same is still true for us today.

Deuteronomy 8:3And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

So as I learn to expand my cooking skills,  I can stay extremely thankful that I can put that chicken or beef on the table for my husband to come home to and be filled with. And more importantly, I have the word of God to chew on, every day! Now there's some variety!!

....And what am I making tonight? I'm not sure, it's 8:30 in the morning. However, starting this Sunday I'm going to try and plan for the week, like some of you have suggested.

BTW, check out this amazing snackadium that Becca M suggested I make for the Superbowl. I'm attempting this, because if I didn't, I'd lose weight....

Have a great weekend!!


  1. rosie if you facebook me your email, I will send you a bunch of easy recipes!

  2. Rosie I love you! so funny, also squash is a great starch, I'm still easily bored with food, and I think I got my love for variety from my mom...try artichokes...Yep God even cares about this portion of your life.

  3. I thought squash was a vegetable!!!

  4. Hey Rosie,
    squash has a lot of starch in it so it can be used as a starch, even though it also has a lot of vitamins. Some other starches are lentils (which need additional flavoring but I love them), cous cous (which is sort of still pasta), and quinoa- but that is sort of adventurous and not everyone likes it.
    Also, some other meats are pork (loin, ground, chops- bonelesss and bone-in), and ground turkey. Then of course you have fish, seafood, and sausages (kielbasa, italian sausage, bratwurst) etc.

  5. Emma,
    You'll have to follow up with some recipes for me with all those ingredients!!

  6. Quinoa is a lot of fun as a starch, and it is easy and quick to cook. I have a recipe on my blog for a black bean soup with quinoa and it is pretty yummy!