It really has been a few long weeks of losing some important famous people. Lemmy Kilmister, Bowie, Snape, and today Dan Haggerty. For me the hardest one was Lemmy of Motörhead. It was also a hell of a week at work. It was full days of teenagers whining and crying, trying to complete required work (that should have been done months ago) before the end of the semester, with late evenings and early mornings of project grading. So in that context of exhaustion I needed to cook dinner for my three kids on their first night back with me after a week with their mother. Continue reading “Divorced Dad’s Bomber Golden Lentils Over Basmati Rice”
Sunday night. A Patriot’s loss. Tomorrow I return to teach after the holiday break. And I am ticked off at the ex dragging her feet on signing a financial agreement she an my lawyer drew up.
I don’t want to cook, but my three kids and my son’s girlfriend home from college, need to eat.
A soup is a simple way to get nutritious food on the table.
- Chicken (I am using two thighs tonight) or a package of Stew Beef
- One box of broth (I am using Low Sodium Pacific brand organic chicken broth)
- One celery root, chopped into squares (adds flavor and a different texture from regular celery hearts)
- 4-5 large carrots chopped into slices
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped into thin slices
- Two bay leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- One head of green cabbage, chopped into squares (I’m Polish. It’s cabbage. It’s winter. Yummy. Deal.)
- (Optional) if you want to make it into a tomato soup, then add one six ounce can of tomato paste.
- Curly parsley, chopped fine and used as garnish.
- Egg noodles. I splurge a bit and buy the best quality egg noodles they have at the store. My kids love them.
- Throw everything into a large pot.
- Cover with water.
- Boil and then turn down to a simmer. Cook the heck out of everything. About 45 minutes to an hour.
- Make sure to text your oldest and let him know that dinner will be ready in 30 minutes and that he should come back from ice skating with the girlfriend.
- (Optional) Add the tomato paste and stir. Cook an additional 5 minutes.
- Salt to taste at the end.
- Follow the directions on the egg noodle package. Serve the soup over the egg noodles. Add chopped parsley to taste.
And that is it. Let me know what you think.
“As a divorced dad you probably fall on the cooking spectrum somewhere between the mastery of Gordon Ramsey and the guy that the fire department knows by first name.”
Food. Apparently we need to give our kids some when they are with us. If your crew is like my crew, then they would be happy eating out every night. And if your wallet is like my wallet, then eating out every night, although easier, would make other purchases, like toilet paper and heat, prohibitive. Continue reading “Divorced Dad Cooking: Categorize your way to quick and nutritious meals”