Meat is no exeption. I buy ground beef (or turkey if the price is right) and chicken breasts when they go on special. I have a super cool vacuum sealer (thanks to the in-laws) that helps package the food for an extra long freezer shelf life.
There is, however, a downside to that. When the meat has been frozen for 3 months, it takes a little work getting it to thaw. Most weekends I meal plan and move the required meat from the freezer to the fridge. Typically this happens Saturday, and by Tuesday the meat is defrosted and ready to go.
The hitch is when I'm not home over the weekend, or things are too crazy to set my meal plan.
Like this weekend.
Tuesday night we ate with my parents and meal planning was the furttherest thing from my mind. Wednesday I used the ground beef I'd put in the fridge on Friday.
Last night I was stumped. By the time I got home and did my
At the last minute I decided I wasn't going to feed my body crap. I deserved better. Jay deserved better.
I had a green and a red pepper in the freezer so I decided I was going to fix my favorite meatless meal: Italian Peppers and Rice.
Its a recipe that I pulled off my favorite recipe site that originally called for pork chops, but Jay isn't a big fan and said he's prefer to just save money and eat it meatless. (Click the link for the original recipe.)
Then I had the brilliant idea to replace it with chick peas so that we would still have a protein source.
I've never tried it with the frozen pepper and onion blend that I stockpile, but I'm sure that would be yum also.
Jay thinks its a bit bland, so he adds teryiaki (don't ask, I have no idea) but I think its quite tasty. I'm convinced that he's killed his taste buds with smokeless tobacco because if a food isn't spicy (think Mexican/Cajun) then he has to add season all or something to jazz it up.
Its definitely a good choice for a quick and easy meal!
For you foodies out there, what would you suggest to spice this dish up, while still staying in the same taste family?