No this is not a food blog but... (There really always is a but.)
I am a plain cook even though I don't necessarily cook the same things over & over. And while I "can" cook "fancy" I prefer simple.
I eat way differently that I cook - If you make parsleyed potatoes, I'll eat them. However If I am cooking the potatoes, they will be baked (& served plain) or boiled (& served plain). I gave it some thought last night, most of my vegetable sides are boiled, steamed or roasted/baked. On occasion I get a hankering for fried potatoes - hopefully the clean-up afterwards reminds me to not bother in the first part...
I also regularly bake fish & chicken plainly as well.
When I do go beyond, I like for the preparation to be simple & easy to clean. (I hate to admit it in public but I bake/cook on aluminum foil pans.)
I try to menu plan - do you? I am about 1/2 way successful. I plan way more than we eat...
For example - & I only recently caught on to this one.
If I buy a rotissery chicken (I Know I could bake a whole chicken, but I am lazy & someone has already done all of the work...) we can get 3 meals out if it easily. I used to think it was only 2 meals so I would think of something else for the other meal - over planning.
How do I spread out 1 chicken into 6 individual meals you ask?
The first meal is chicken leg quarter & wings with vegetable & starch.
meal 2 could be the same but the breast is split in half - or it could be a chicken sandwich with the breast still split in two.
Meal 3 might be my favorite -
chicken mushroom soup with rice.
chop up the remaining breast & pull off all of the rest of the meat from the carcass (I throw it away at this point, but I am aware of the fact that you can boil it to get a mildly chicken flavored water) cook some rice - or use leftovers (I got precooked rice in 2 serving sized bowls at Costso - happy!) buy a box of sliced mushrooms, buy a box of Imagine brand portobello mushroom soup.
If you want chop a small onion...
Saute the mushrooms & onions (I use a non-stick pot & since the mushrooms give off their own water, I usually don't even hit the pot with PAM). Add the soup, the rice & the chicken, heat till warm.
Thank me when you are finished.
(We sometimes even get 4 servings out of this one!) So that would be 8 individual meals out of 1 chicken. & I don't feel like, "Oh my gosh are we really eating chicken again."
I do something very similar for corn chowder - right down to the Imagine brand corn soup!
(I also like their sweet potato, & butternut squash soups.