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The Unnatural Cook

a chronicle of weekly meal plans from someone who can't just throw a meal together

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A night like tonight is when I love my meal plan. I didn’t get home until 11:30 but my husband was able to make a homemade dinner fast ’cause I’d taken out the ingredients in the morning.

We used left over poached chicken from the freezer and stewed it in chipotle pepper sauce (La Morena, from a can, also leftover in the freezer) and lots of crushed & fire roasted tomatoes. He made tostadas & topped them with the chicken, jack cheese, thinly sliced onion, cherry tomatoes & cilantro. It’s a new family favorite.

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Tostadas are one of our standby meals. We make the tostadas ourselves because it’s cheap and easy. We just brush both sides of a corn tortilla with olive oil and bake it at 375° for about 10 minutes. The we top them with canned refried beans, chicken or fried egg, jack cheese, scallions, jalapeño, tomato and avocado. I enjoyed making dinner tonight because I didn’t have to think about it (except the part where I poached the chicken breast – I can never remember how long it takes and I always have to look it up.) But it did occur to me that the two meals I’ve enjoyed making most since I started this endeavor were the meatballs & spaghetti and the tostadas. In other words, I was most relaxed when I wasn’t using a recipe. Which sort of goes against everything I think about the way I know how to cook. Does this mean that I really do need to learn technique? It would be weird if the blog ended up changing the very habits that created it….

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