Create you own adventure meals: Chronicles of the Inexperienced Cook

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post about my misfortunate cooking adventures, which is really quite sad because now that I’m off in England being an adult and stuff I actually cook quite often. Correction: I prepare all of my meals now.  I make sure I eat three two at some point each day. I’m learning, okay?

And while the task of keeping myself well fed not starved was a bit daunting at first, I think I’m getting the hang of things. I’ve also discovered the key to having meals that are not always ham and cheese sandwiches: have fun! I’ve sort of started doing this new thing that I’m calling “create your own adventure” meals (and I mean “meal” in the loosest way possible here).

Instead of buying specific ingredients that are meant to go together (like a normal person), I’ve just started buying a mix of things that I’m sure will taste good with something. I then refuse to go to the grocery store until I’ve used up all of said ingredients. It’s kind of turned into a bit of a challenge to be resourceful by saving money and using everything I buy.

Here are a few of my favorite creations so far:

  1. Honey mustard and chicken salad wrap

Random ingredients pulled from the fridge:

  • Mini tortillas (2)
  • Leftover chicken breast bits (1/4 cup-ish)
  • Leftover salad (mix of spinach, bell peppers, tomato, carrot, other veggie things, and homemade honey mustard.) (1/2 cup-ish)
  • Spring onions (small handful)
  • Shredded cheddar or whatever cheese is in the fridge (small handful, probably about 1 Tbs per wrap)
  • Tiny bit of mayo (just eyeball it, it’s your freaking wrap)

I had no idea if this was going to work, but it looked amazing. Also happened to taste amazing – something about shredded carrots and honey mustard makes me really happy.

2. No name wrap creation (it had chicken and things)

  • Mini tortillas (2)
  • Leftover chicken bits (I’m sensing a pattern here)(1/4 cup)
  • Pine nut and spinach salad (the fancy brand, but it’s basically pesto and pasta with a few extra veggies)(a couple spoonfuls)
  • Spinach (not enough in the salad), chopped (handful)
  • Cherry tomatoes, chopped (4)
  • Mayo (maybe half a Tbs)

This thing looked strange. I don’t know what possessed me to put mayonnaise in a bowl of chicken and pesto, but it worked! The pesto was a bit strong, so something about the mayonnaise mellowed the whole thing out while maintaining that awesome basil flavor.

3. Surprisingly cheap and edible homemade chicken noodle soup

  • Step one: Put some water in a pan
  • Step two: Put the pan on the hob
  • Step three: Chop some veggies (I went for carrots and celery, because I bought enough carrots and celery to feed 20 rabbits for a month. No regrets)
  • Step four: Throw veggies into the pan. I also added a little bit of minced onion flakes because I didn’t have onions (I used them in all of my wraps)
  • Step five: Turn on the hob (I forgot this step. It was a Monday)
  • Step six: Boil veggie water
  • Step seven: Throw in a stock cube of choice (I went for chicken because that’s all I have). Stir until it looks less like powder floating on top of water and more like oddly colored veggie water
  • Step eight: Throw in some pasta, preferably the cheap stuff because you have rent to pay. I used spaghetti because it was 20p for a pack of it.
  • Step nine: Wait. You should probably stir your strange veggie-stock-pasta water at least a couple of times.
  • Step ten: Burn your fingers and tongue several times while trying to decide if the pasta and veggies are cooked enough. Or, if you’re a normal person, just cook everything until you know it’s done.
  • Step eleven: Eat your freaking soup and bask in the glory of your awesome independence and ability to fend for yourself. Kind of.

I’ve also made too many varieties of omelets (the one thing I’m actually good at cooking) and more sandwiches than I would like to admit. That being said, I’ve also had some pretty decent meals. My goal is to continue playing around with what I’ve got and find things that are cheap, taste good, and have some semblance of nutrition. A girl can dream, right?

What are some recipes you think I should try next? Let me know in the comment section down below!



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