There is, I kid you not, cheesy lentil bake in the oven.
How did it come to this?
I have got to stop spending money. We have got to stop eating out. We have also got to start eating from the pantry instead of hitting the grocery store for fancy expensive ingredients. But I don’t wanna!
I need recipes for cheap (but fresh and tasty and unprocessed!) food a man will eat too. I have this More With Less cookbook that makes me feel like a dumpster diver who doesn’t deserve to have meat and cheese, like, together. Unfortunately, like most cookbooks, it lacks a review mechanism like Allrecipes has. I fear for the cheesy lentil bake. Especially since my onions were rotten and I’m going to throw in some frozen soup vegetables because I don’t have anything fresh in the fridge. Don’t ask me why I seem to have at some point purchased a bag of soup vegetables that includes frozen tomatoes, because it’s weirding me out.
The thing is, I cook a lot. I love food. We eat out all the time. I do hate coming home after work and having to cook some depressing lentil thing (nothing against lentils in general), and I’m not good at eating leftovers. I also have trouble with going to the grocery store and spending a bunch of money on one awesome dinner, and then not eating the leftovers. (Trying to do the once a week grocery shopping thing, and I’ve been doing that Grocery Game stock up coupon thing, but it’s not my habit.)
I don’t mind recipes that take a long time - I really love all-day stuff, but it isn’t practical for coming home after work. I do have a fancy fuzzy logic rice cooker, a pressure cooker, and a crock pot. I hate nasty meat. I don’t want to see uggy bits of fat hanging out on my dinner, but I also don’t mind doing a bit of prep work. Generally speaking I don’t mind, like, cutting up a whole chicken - but it really seems like we never actually eat the dark parts. Also, I know a lot about cooking - this isn’t a new college kid “what do I do with this strange raw meat?” thing. In May I’ll start getting boxes of random seasonal produce from a farm share.
Ideally I’d like good dependable recipes I can make with pantry stuff - things go bad a lot at my house because I’m flighty and don’t stick to my plans very well. I’d also like help with leftovers and weekly menu planning so things WON’T go bad. (This is cooking for two - me and Himself.) And freezer cooking.
Update - I just stirred the lentil bake. Yeah, it looks like you think it does.