This week was another tribute to my new Great Easy Meals cookbook.
Since the cost of groceries seems to be increasing, Marcus and I have been looking for ways to keep our grocery budget in-check. As I was flipping through the book, I found a number of pantry-ish meals that w0uld require either inexpensive ingredients or things that we were REALLY hoping to purge from the fridge/cupboard.
In the world of meal planning, that’s pretty much the perfect storm.
Sunday – Whole Grain Pasta with Chickpeas and Escarole
I don’t know if I’m totally out of the game as far as pasta is concerned, but this recipe made A TON of food.
By a ton, I mean it fed one runner, one hungry man and created two more lunches worth of leftovers for both of us.
If/when (there will definitely be a when) I make this again, I would consider halving the amount of pasta to enjoy more of the sauce. Since you know, we’re sauce people.
Our modification: We omitted the escarole because I forgot to source it at the store. I feel like in the future, we’ll probably continue to omit the escarole.
Monday – Sausage and Pepper Skewers, Cauliflower Tabouli
When I saw the name “Cauliflower Tabouli” I had to do a double take. I completely understand the principle of substitutions, but how cauliflower could ever double as a grain was beyond me.
But after I added a splash of soy sauce into the bowl (right?) some sort of bizarre transformation took place and grated cauliflower actually became a reasonable incarnation of…tabouli.
Our modifications: Instead of basting the skewers with the pesto, we used it as a dip. Prior to blending, I amped up the quantity of green onions and only used parsley instead of parsley AND cilantro.
Tuesday – Fried Catfish Rolls
I still can’t remember when exactly we bought this package of whiting filets from ALDI, but trying to find a delicious way to consume the remaining pieces of fish was plaguing me.
While I was flipping through the book, this recipe caught my eye because it made me think of lobster rolls (love) and po’ boys. Superfoods, if you will. Since Marcus’ relationship with fish is tenuous at best, I knew that the po’ boy connection would be more than enough to sell him on the meal. Which it did.
We’ll add another tally to the “win” column for this dish.
Our modifications: Most obviously, we didn’t use catfish. Instead of blending the jalapeno, green onions, etc. with the mayonnaise I made a spread. To season/cook the fish we used 1/4 c of flour and 2 T Old Bay Seasoning to coat them and used 2 T butter instead of vegetable oil.
What food substitutions surprise you?
What was the best meal you ate this week?