First week of the year, and already on Monday morning, I wasn't sure I was going to make it. Remember our unplanned roadtrip from Boise, ID to San Francisco on Sunday? Well, we returned our rental car and got our own car from long-term parking around 10:30pm after driving for almost 11 hours, and we just couldn't face driving another almost-2 hours to get home from the airport. Welp, airport hotel to the rescue.
Now, I'm the kind of person who needs a Sunday night: one that is restful and makes me feel prepared for the week ahead (what can I say, I used to be a teacher and relished the calm before the storm). Getting to a hotel room late on Sunday night after an unexpected full day in the car is not really my idea of a restorative start to the week. Needless to say, Monday morning, well, it sucked.
So all my normal Sunday mental-planning for the week fell on Monday morning when I got to work (hey, don't judge: I am great at multi-tasking). I've had this new year's resolution brewing for a while to cook 3 new recipes a week in 2016, and I was inches away from letting myself slide on the first week of the year due to unforeseen circumstances of just not feeling it (technical term). But no. Couldn't do it (thanks, Gretchen Rubin, I'm an upholder to the core). If I'm going to make a resolution, darn it, I might as well go full steam ahead and make my first recipe, um, how about today?
Found this recipe from the Dinner: A Love Story blog (I could go on and on about how much I loved that book but will spare you for now), made a quick shopping list, and walked the 6 minutes to Trader Joe's on my lunch break. Nothing like grocery shopping mid-day on a Monday to make you really feel like you've been drop-kicked into the workweek.
Fortunately, we also have turkey (from Christmas! The bird that keeps on giving!) in the freezer, so I jazzed up our enchiladas tonight not only with cotija cheese but also with sauteed onion with cubed sweet potato and shredded turkey.
Seriously. Everyone needs a bottle of enchilada sauce from Trader Joe's at all times in the cupboard. Plus, this dish takes absolutely no skill. I don't remember ever learning to make enchiladas. I just did it once, and somehow it worked. Well, actually. Really well. Which means anyone can do it. Plus it's a great way to transform leftovers. About 15 iterations later, we still love enchiladas for dinner.
Oh, and Trader Joe's saved the week in another way. Remember that quinoa recipe from Dinner: A Love Story that we had on Monday to kick off "R-cubed?" (That's my current name, unless I think of something better, for making 3 new RECIPES (get it? R!) a week in 2016.) Well, we had leftover quinoa from that gem of a recipe, and on a whim, I packed two "salad boxes" for lunch today and yesterday, and holy cow, was it good. Quinoa, spinach, cucumber, crumbled cheese, walnuts, and dried cranberries drizzled with a little oil and vinegar. So I whipped up another batch (more like "vat") of quinoa tonight, and have 4 more amazing lunches in my future. Gotta love lunches that make my insides smile.
Call me crazy, but tonight (yes, it's Wednesday), I made a grocery list to shop tomorrow and planned not only the rest of this week (2 more new recipes!) but also next week (4 new recipes!). If I felt totally unprepared for this week, at least I'm already preparing to completely conquer next week.
P.S. There's an entire world of cooking blogs out there that I'm just starting to dip my toes into! You should, too! Recipes to follow!
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