Random Meals

Settling in to our new life…and cooking again!

For the last few weeks, very little cooking has happened. First off, we sold our dinner table, then I had to pack our kitchen. I also had my list of restaurants to go to before leaving Charlottesville. Meals were either out or ridiculously simple (i.e. salad mix with a couple of toppings). Once we moved, the new apartment was still a mess for the first few days. Not an easy place to cook!

But I did make the kitchen unpacking and organization a priority. Adjusting to a new kitchen is weird. The new one is much nicer than our old one but the cabinets are so different that I have to reconsider how everything is organized. Some of it is better, some of it still bothers me. I guess I’ll just have to re-adjust it all as I go. One thing I did was to add painter’s tape labels on our cabinets to remember where everything is.

IMG_2021 IMG_2019The other odd thing about moving is that we didn’t get to bring much of what used to be in our fridge. Actually, I did try to take a fair amount of it but it was so hot on our moving day that we lost most of it. Starting off with an empty fridge feels so weird to me. Where do I start? What do I buy first? On my first day after unpacking the kitchen, I went to my two main and closest grocery options now: Publix and Target. I didn’t want to buy too much at once but I did get ground turkey, spring mix, a small variety of fruits and veggies, as well as a few other random items.

I was so excited to make meatballs again! Always an easy meal and I love it every time. I didn’t follow a recipe this time and, instead, improvised with the few ingredients I had on hand. I made a lot more meatballs than I expected which ended up being great as it covered three different meals this past week:

Turkey meatballs on a bed of spring mix, with a sesame ginger vinaigrette.
Turkey meatballs on a bed of spring mix, with a sesame ginger vinaigrette.
Meatballs and southwest frozen veggies on flour tortilla with Ortega taco sauce
Meatballs and southwest frozen veggies on flour tortilla with Ortega taco sauce
Meatballs with a side salad (spring mix and frozen veggies leftovers), drizzle of Ortega taco sauce
Meatballs with a side salad (spring mix and frozen veggies leftovers), drizzle of Ortega taco sauce

You know when magazines show you 3 or 4 items of clothing and explain how you can turn it into a ton of outfits? That’s how I felt this week. What else can I do with the meatballs, frozen veggies and spring mix?

Next week, I might be a little bit more ambitious. We’re finally getting furniture so I will hopefully feel a bit more comfortable in our new home. That’s when the good cooking will happen…I hope! 🙂

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