Bored Now

I’m officially bored. Any ideas?

We have a freezer full of boneless chicken breasts, a few drumsticks, a bunch of hamburger (which I freeze in the form of patties, thaw and use in other ways as needed, like in red sauce or tacos), and a bit of pork, both boneless loin steaks and a couple thin chops. There are some basic frozen veggies; corn, French green beans, peas, and chopped broccoli. There’s a mess of chopped sweet onion and green pepper, frozen for convenience, as well as a large sweet onion in the fridge. At the moment there is no frozen unground beef.

Elsewhere in the house are the normal staples; carrots, rice, dry beans of various types, barley, flour, less than a cup of Bisquick because I forgot to restock, herbs and spices and boullion cubes, etc. No potatoes, oddly enough.

Nothing fancy. I don’t want to have to go buy ingredients, especially stuff like scallions or fresh cilantro or whatever that I have never used.

No baking. We avoid that in this weather. Crockpot, stove top, microwave, even toaster oven are fine.

Any ideas?

I feel like we’re in a rut of Mexican variants like burritos and tacos, pasta with meaty red sauce, plain old chicken fried with random seasonings and served with rice and a veggie, chili, and so forth.


  1. jen

    You can modify my mother’s no fail chicken using the chicken breasts. And you can do this in the oven or crock pot.

    6-8 boneless chicken breasts
    1 or 2 packets of Lipton onion soup mix
    1 or 2 cans of condensed Cream of Mushroom soup

    Oven directions: Place the chicken in a casserole dish. Sprinkled the onion soup mix over the chicken, then spread the condensed soup over the chicken. Cover with foil and bake in 300 oven for 1-2 hours (2-3 hours for bone-in chicken).

    Crockpot directions: Place chicken in crock pot. Sprinkle the onion soup mix over the chicken and then add the condensed soup. Start crock pot on High setting for 1 hour and then reduce to Low for 3-4 hours. If bone-in chicken, then start on High for 3 hours and finish on Low for 2-3 more hours.

    Goes great with rice or mashed potatoes and some kind of green veggie and/or a salad.

  2. jen

    I’ve got a good recipe for pork loin, but you’d have to go to the store and I’d need to find the recipe. =) And you’d have to use the oven.


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