It’s springtime! (Or, summertime, apparently, based on Washington DC’s recent weather.) Therefore, it seems like it’s time for some springtime and summertime food. To me, that means lots of fresh fruits and veggies and delicious meats cooked on a grill. Well, crap. I live alone, so fresh veggies frequently go bad before I’ve had time to eat them all up, and I live in an apartment, so no grill for me! What’s a girl to do?
I’ve mastered fall and winter cooking for one – I’ve got three different chili recipes, two chicken soup recipes, a killer beef stew, etc, and I usually make one early in the week and live off it until it’s gone, or until it would be best to freeze the rest before it goes bad. Those recipes, usually paired with a roasted vegetable, get me through the cold months in which one craves food that sticks to one’s ribs.
But it is warmer now, and I find myself stumped for the sort of make-ahead meals that work for me. And when I say “work for me,” I mean meals that require little-to-no prep time the day-of, aren’t too carbohydrate-heavy, are healthy but don’t make me feel like I’m denying myself, and, most importantly, are delicious as hell.
Two that I’ve made in the past are baked chicken strips – both Pioneer Woman’s and these sriracha nuggets, but they require reheating in the oven, and PW’s, at least, get pretty dried out on the re-heat. They also require some sort of salad or green to go along with them, prepped day-of. Another recipe I’m a fan of is spinach, mushroom, and Swiss cheese quiche, made in a par-baked crust of shredded potato (If you’re interested, make my potato pancake recipe with 2 ““ 3 large potatoes, and instead of frying the mixture, press it all into a pie plate and bake it at, oh, 350° F for 20 ““ 30 minutes, until it’s starting to turn golden brown. Fill with quiche filling, and bake until the quiche is set, covering the edge with tinfoil if necessary.) But this, too, requires oven-reheating. There are a few salmon cake recipes I’ve been eying on Punchfork, but I have yet to try any. (Do you all go to Punchfork? I’m kind of obsessed with the site – they aggregate a bunch of different food blogs, just by a picture and recipe name. It’s great when you’ve got a vague idea of what you want, or really, have no idea and are just looking for inspiration!)
So, have any suggestions? What are some of your favorite make-ahead spring and summer meals?