I did it. I finally made it to the grocery store. That means I'm obligated to start cooking again. Daddy-O will be happy. Very happy.
For supper tonight, I made an easy recipe that I've made several times before. It came from Prevention magazine years ago. We were overdue for a little healthy cooking.
The recipe only calls for asparagus, but when you shop at a store where the check-out girl has to ask, "What is this?" as she looks at it, the asparagus might not be the freshest. Apparently not much asparagus is purchased there. So I used the best looking spears and filled in with zucchini---which the check-out girl thought were cucumbers. I shop in a very small town.
Easy Asparagus Chicken Stir-Fry
2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut on diagonal into 1" pieces
1 clove garlic, minced (or 1 tsp. bottled minced garlic)
2 cups sliced cooked chicken breasts (about 2 breasts)
1 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)
Combine soy sauce and honey in a small bowl. Set aside.
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and garlic; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
Toss in chicken and soy sauce-honey mixture. Heat thoroughly. Serve with brown rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.
This is good just as the recipe is written, but unlike what you order at your local Chinese restaurant, it's not swimming in sauce. This sauce is more like seasoning. Next time I'll probably double the amounts of the soy sauce-honey mix--three teaspoons is not much "sauce" or seasoning for this amount of vegetables and chicken. And tonight I threw in a handful of roasted peanuts (instead of sesame seeds) just because there was an open jar on the counter. That added some nice texture.
It has been so long since I have cooked a real meal, I forgot about the sink-full-of-dirty-dishes part of cooking. Wonder if Daddy-O will surprise me tonight and do the dishes?