Low on food tonight? Opening your cabinets to find pastas without sauce, rice without veggies, or breads lacking meat?
Yep that’s where I was tonight. My 7 yr old was complaining he is hungry, after just eating an orange, and trying to get out of cleaning and writing punishments he incurred over just the last 24 hrs. So I walked into my kitchen before I realized I had yet to go to the store. Opened my cabinets and sighed.
I roamed through the pantry waiting for a fully prepared box meal to jump out at me and scream “Cook me, I’m easy!” Yeah…never happened.
What can I cook??
I did find a partial bag of spaghetti, half a stick of butter, and a few garlic cloves. Have you ever eaten the garlic and olive oil box of PastaRoni? Except I am using butter instead of the oil (cause I am really low on oil). Then adding a few final touches that scream to my family “Aaahhhh, mom is adventuring with foods again”. They love me though right.
So I started by melting myself a few tablespoons of butter and added the garlic for sauteeing. Sprinkled that with salt and pepper before the garlic turned brown. Then poured that sauce over the cooked and drained noodles.
Top that with some parmesan and mozzarella cheese and a bit of parsley right before the fish fillets came out of the oven. Nothing fancy here, Gordon’s beer battered fillets straight from the freezer section.
My eldest loved the pasta, although I might try adding some milk next time for a more creamy sauce. The fish gets sprinkled with lemon pepper to make it look and taste good. My youngest loves fish, but both the kids “must” have lemon on their fish. Like without the lemon the fish won’t be good. Give Gordon a break he has to catch a lot of fish to keep people fed!
We didn’t have any fresh lemons tonight so that’s why the lemon pepper. Eldest said he liked it better than the juice…he’s weird. I need lots of lemon juice, mostly cause I just like lemon.
Don’t get discouraged if your pantries are looking empty. Try something new with what you do have rather than worrying about what you don’t have. Begin an adventure with pasta. You can turn it into so many things and use almost any ingredients. Taste it as your cooking and enjoy the ride.
I am going to be doing a lot more experiments with food when we move into the RV. Space will be tight and my family of four really enjoys food.
Wonder if I can get the fiance to do some of the cooking on the road to sabe my sanity?