It’s been an ongoing theme in my life – I’m a terrible cook. I’m so bad that I can take the simplest cooking tasks and nearly destroy the kitchen. There once was pot destruction incident in 2010, but I won’t go into the messy, chaotic details. I never learned to cook because I was blessed with a wonderful mother who is an amazing cook. So, I’ve never had a need to cook for myself, especially since I lived with my parents in college.
Now, I’m a housewife – without the official “wife” title since the wedding isn’t until May. Being a housewife means cooking, cleaning, shopping, and applying for jobs to end my housewife career. Since I’ve never really learned how to cook, I’ve been on a cooking crash course, and I’m pretty happy with my progress. Other than making the kitchen look like a tornado was trying to make dinner, I’ve managed to cook several meals that actually tasted good! Here are two of my favorites:
Easy Meal #1 – Chuck Roast
Last Wednesday I made a chuck roast that created three great dinners for Andrew and me. Thankfully, it was incredibly easy. All you need are a few ingredients and a crockpot.
- Large chuck roast
- 2 onions – quartered
- 5 red potatoes – quartered
- 4 celery sticks – chopped
- 4-5 carrots – chopped
- 64 oz beef broth (approx.)
- salt, pepper, Chicago steak seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce
Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan. Turn the heat up to high. When the pan is hot, add the chuck roast. Sear every edge of the meat until just golden at the edges. Take the meat out and season with salt, pepper, steak seasoning, and worcesteshire sauce. Use enough to coat the meat but don’t over do it with the sauce. It can be over powering.
Place the chuck roast in the crock pot and fill with beef broth until the meat is just covered. Add the potatoes, onions, carrots, and celery. Add remainder of beef broth until full. Cover and turn the crock pot on low heat for 8 hours. I added roasted asparagus with olive oil and salt. Coast the asparagus in olive oil and toss with salt. Place on a grate over a cookie sheet and broil until tender. Serve and enjoy!
Easy Meal #2 – Turkey Scaloppine by Southern Living (recipe here)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, divided
- 1 1/2 pounds turkey cutlets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup dry white wine
Cook Time: 6 Minutes
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
- Combine flour and 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning in a shallow dish; dredge turkey cutlets in flour mixture, shaking off excess.
- Cook turkey in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until done. Transfer turkey to a serving platter, and keep warm.
- Add wine and remaining 1/4 tsp. Cajun seasoning to skillet; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet. Drizzle sauce over turkey. Serve immediately.
- I also added sauteed zucchini in olive oil with salt.