Lately, my cooking is looking alot like an episode of the competitive cooking show, Chopped. I am grabbing a bunch of random stuff from my fridge and freezer and trying to turn it into a meal.
This morning, I all I found in the fridge was ground chicken and some random vegetables and salad greens because I haven’t been to the grocery store in almost two weeks.
The meatballs are a simple recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, Everyday Air Fryer by Urvashi Pitre. Beware! This recipe packs a little punch. It was a little surprising when I bit into the first meatball.
African Merguez Meatballs
Adapted From the Everyday Air Fryer Cookbook
1/2 lb ground chicken
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp Hungarian paprika
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground fennel
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp ground allspice
In a medium bowl, gently mix the chicken, garlic, paprika, salt, cumin, black pepper, fennel, coriander, cayenne and allspice. Mix until all the ingredients are well mixed but don’t over mix. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature or,cover and store overnight in the fridge.
When ready to cook, form the mixture into 8 meatballs. Put them in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Set the air fryer for 400 degrees for 10 minutes, turning the meatballs halfway through the cooking time.
Like many people right now, I am trying to stretch the time between visits to the grocery store as far as possible. It’s been a challenge because I live a block from a grocery store and used to stopping everytime I need the littlest thing for my cooking or picking up something when I don’t feel like cooking.
The desire to use every scrap of food in my fridge and to have yummy, quick meals in my belly has led me to experiment with what I call stuff with stuff over more stuff. Basically, the idea is to take a protein, vegetables and seasonings and/ or a sauce and turn it into a meal.
You can use any protein you have and veggies you have on hand, this just to give you an idea on how to add the spices. Don’t be afraid to experiment using whatever you have on hand.
House Hot Plate
Spices from The Frugal Paleo Cookbook
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
8 – 12 oz ground beef or diced chicken
1/4 cup chopped onion
Whatever random vegetables you have
In a small bowl, combine all the spices; mix well and set aside. Heat a frying pan over medium high heat, add the onion, half the spices and ground beef. Cook until the beef is no longer pink. Add add the vegetables and the remaining spices and cook for 10 minutes or until the vegetables reach your desired doness.
Last night after work I went for a long walk and then sat on the step and ate my dinner as watched the sun go down. I think I am going to do that every night. It was quite refreshing and really helped me get out of my very unpleasant mood.
Balsamic Mustard Vinagrette
Adapted From The Made Whole Cookbook
1 TBS aged balsamic vinegar
1 TBS coconut aminos
1 TBS spicy brown or dijon mustard
1/4 tsp oregano leaves
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
6 TBS olive oil
In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and whisk until well combined.
What not to say to someone during a pandemic. “Oh, your quarantine must be so easy because you don’t have a family.”
No one, I repeat, no one has had an easy quarantine, no matter what their circumstances. Married, single, kids or no kids, each person has their own difficulties and struggles each and every day. So maybe the next time we talk, maybe instead of telling me how easy I have it try asking how I am doing during this quarantine. The answer just might surprise you.
Sticky Sesame Chicken Legs
From The Everday Air Fryer Cookbook
4 chicken drumsticks
3 TBS soy sauce
2 TBS brown sugar
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper.
Line a 7 inch cake pan with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Arrange the drumsticks in the pan
In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, mix well. Pour over the drumsticks, turning to coat.
Place the pan in the air fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 400 degrees for 2o minutes. Turn the drumsticks halfway through the cooking time.
SHE’S ALIVE!!!! This is what Blanche looked like this morning when I went to feed her which means she is healthy and on her way to becoming a mature starter.
I am not going to keep posting about her everyday because there won’t be such drastic changes as their have been the last few days. I will post again when I make bread or try discard recipes.