Dinner Impossible/Is possible?

It was 5:21p.m and the only thing I had accomplished all day was going to the gym. My pantry was barren and I couldn’t bear to eat oatmeal again. I was feeling lazy so I began to sift through the paper delivery menus. I stopped halfway through. I am a chef, I thought; I preach cooking is easy and here I am nearly suckered into the convenience of take-out. The thought of prepping and eating a meal alone had almost made me forget my own words from my last blog. Cooking is not just for the meal; the process itself is calming and rewarding. So I made a challenge to myself: I will make my own dinner and I’ll do it start to finish in an hour.

Once I arrived at the store I realized my other problem, I had no idea what I wanted to eat; I just knew I wanted something cheesy. Goat and ricotta cheeses were literally the only thing in my basket for like five minutes. I even debated just getting some lentil crackers and calling it a day. Unwilling to be defeated in my own challenge, and realizing the lines were going to be horrendous from the after work rush, I finally threw some other things in.

When I got home this is what I had bought:

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Random ingredients that inspired me, along with essentials for the house..btw those Chia chips are disgust.

All the essential pieces of a meal were right there in front of me but I was still unsure of the final product. My protein was chicken, veggies were swiss chard and butternut squash, and the starch was gluten free pasta. I boiled a pot of water for the pasta as I milled over the ingredients.

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If you are trying gluten free this is the best brand out there…I’ve only found it at Whole Foods.

 

I knew I had to start cooking the squash because it would take the longest so I began cutting it into chunks with our primitive kitchen tools. As I cut, it hit me, stuffed chicken, with swiss chard and butternut squash pasta with truffle butter.

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Baby knife still made me relatively equal sized pieces of squash.

Once I had the framework it was cool runnings, primitive tools and all. I chopped the squash into small pieces and sautéed it until soft, then added in the swiss chard.When the pasta was done I put it in the pan and added the truffle butter. The girl at the checkout looked at me so crazy for paying 7 dollars for this small tube of butter, but clearly she had never tasted the heavenly amazement of truffle.

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No need to overstuff the chicken.

I used a pan to flatten out the chicken, stuffed it with a mixture of blanched swiss chard, herbed goat cheese, and bruschetta, then secured it with a skewer, topped it with more the bruschetta mixture and put it in a 400 degree oven for twenty minutes.

End Product:

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Time: 6:41pm

#noexcuses #winning

“Keeping promises to yourself is like depositing into your own bank”

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my life has been a very interesting journey thus far. in my quarter century crisis im and not certain of much except that i love cooking and entertaining, and pleasing people is my passion. (wait that sounded a little funny) i am goofy eccentric, and love to laugh, in fact i often laugh at the most inappropriate times. i place high value in honesty and working hard. i don’t really believe in faking it until you make it, without some base knowledge or some sort of depth to your cause. i believe in making mistakes and trying everything once as long as you bring yourself no harm and no harm to others. i am a new age hippy, my words to live by are freedom, serenity, and love. i look for signs of the world and listen. i do judge, anyone who says they do not is a liar, but i use my judgements against you to reflect back on me to see how i can better myself. i hate constraints of our society, including grammar, punctuation, and recipes. i think fast except when it comes to numbers. the culinary world has always been and shall be my safe haven and outlet. i want to inspire, teach, and learn.

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