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Thoughts from the Nano food front

A couple of things:

If NaNo is messing with my productivity and sleep schedule now, imagine what it'll do in November. No, life, I need to get work done. I can't spend all day on the NaNo forums. I would like to have money to fund my Night of Writing Dangerously shenanigans and write-in food and drink fund.

I also need to figure out what to cook for the first week of NaNo. A couple of years ago I was smart enough to cook enough food for a week and heat up individual portions as needed. Yes, this meant that I ate a lot of the same thing for nearly a week, but that was worth being able to sit down and write without worrying about food to me. Maybe I'll get lucky and I can stock up on cheap non-crappy frozen dinners again before the first for those really desperate times. (I already got two of them in anticipation of November first, along with a few packs of ramen. Don't worry, I eat real food most of the time. The ramen I ate the evening of NaNo site launch is an exception, not the rule.)

So I need some quick meals that I can cook before the first, preferably things I can cook all at once, freeze, and then pop in the oven or microwave before eating. Quick and inexpensive to fix are always better. I'm cooking for just myself, so almost any recipe will give me enough for leftovers. Ideas?


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Oct. 13th, 2011 07:46 am (UTC)
spaghetti or ravioli! You can make massive portions. Also, chicken pot pie. Both things keep in the fridge really well. (and when I say pot pie I mean the way we make it here in PA, in a giant pan not as a pie.)
Oct. 15th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
You folks make enormous pot pies up there? Heck yes. Count me in for that.
Oct. 13th, 2011 10:05 am (UTC)
My current batch-for-leftovers winner is chicken tikka masala curry with rice. I haven't tried freezing in a two-compartment thingy yet; I should try that sometime. I've been freezing it mixed together in the one-compartment thing. It's a little different flavor profile than fresh like that, but it's tasty in a little different way.

I fry up the chicken so it's browned, with oil and onion and garlic, and then add the celery and potato and jarred sauce, and put it over jasmine rice I've made in my rice cooker.

I'm a big fan of rice with soy sauce and grated cheddar cheese also as a very quick to prepare meal (in terms of work time) because it's basically measure rice and water, put it on, and then wait the appointed amount of time, serve, grate cheese.

Edited at 2011-10-13 10:07 am (UTC)
Oct. 15th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
That sounds really easy. Even I can do that!
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Oct. 15th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
These are all great, thanks! And those stuffed tomatoes sound great (and much quicker than the stuffed bell peppers I had a few nights ago). Mmmm.
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