Cooking food is something both Jay and I love to do, but I can get a little frustrated when I cook alone. That means I need to handle food prep, cooking, and cleaning for all of my meals. It can be done, but when you’re working full-time and trying to manage all of your day-to-day tasks you have to sacrifice some things. I usually cook a solid meal once every few days unless I meal prep so having an extra set of hands in the kitchen is definitely a big help. That’s why Jay and I love to cook with each other during visits.
It’s been a little over a week since he arrived, and a lot of our meals have been homemade. I have a menu chalkboard in my kitchen modeling our plan for the week’s dinners and we improvise the rest of the meals. We usually try to cram in all of our favorite meals during visits, but since Jay is staying for a longer time we can spread those out throughout the visit and try some new recipes!
So what do we eat?
Chicken Parm Pasta – This is our first choice of meal when we’re together. It’s quick, simple, and oh-so delicious.
Parmesan Asparagus Risotto with Chicken – Jay and I have both fell in love with risotto. He likes to make his with asparagus and cheese, topped with a nice helping of chicken. The more chicken the better.
Asian Stir-fry – I am a big fan of Stir-fry because of the flexibility. You can choose the sauce, veggies, meat, and grain for this dish and no matter what you choose it usually tastes great. This was Jay’s first Stir-fry experience so I let him choose the sauce. I think he picked a pretty good one.
Pizza – I’m pretty sure our relationship would be over if I refused to eat pizza. It might just be Jay’s one true love. Jay takes great pride in his pizza making abilities. I had an episode of food poisoning from pizza in the past so I try and stay away from restaurant pizza now (it’s a mental thing), but homemade pizza is always pretty great.
Orecchiette with Crunchy Baked Tomatoes & Capsicum – New recipe alert! Jay bought me a cookbook for Christmas last year and we finally made a recipe from it together. Since this was our first time around we were pretty critical of the results. We’re always searching for ways to improve our collection of recipes. With a few tweaks we think this one will be a keeper. P.S. Capsicum is a fancy word for peppers.
The Number One – When Jay cooks for himself he usually makes the same set of meals. The most popular item on his menu is referred to as a “number one.” So what’s in this dish? It’s chicken, veggies, and potatoes. You can pick the cooking style for each item which gives you a little variety within the Number One. We chose to make ours with breaded chicken, steamed broccoli, and mashed potatoes.