Potato and Goat Cheese Frittata

Great meal template, since it turned out fantastic and I substituted a ton of ingredients. Though it does use a ton of eggs (9)! It did give me 6 slices, which with a side salad made for 6 meals. And it was pretty fast.

I basically didn’t have any fresh herbs on hand, so I used some dried rosemary when I fried the potatoes in the beginning. Also did not remove the skins, that always seems nutty to me when that is where all of the nutrients are. Used queso fresco instead of goat cheese. Delicious!

Also, use the deep dish stainless steel skillet, it’s the right size (rather than the two cast iron ones).

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-fresh-herb-potato-and-goat-cheese-frittata-222817

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Rice Bowl

Since I’m skimping pretty hardcore on groceries at the moment, I’ve been having to be a bit more creative with what’s around. I should have gotten on the rice bowl train a long time ago, but better late than never. A fairly easy “template” that uses things I commonly pick up at the grocery/have on hand.

Rice + Caramelized Onions + Veggies (Squash, Carrots, Cabbage, Frozen Peas, etc) + Fried Egg + Nuts + Sauce of Choice (Peanut, Soy, Rice Vinaigrette, etc).

Delicious, versatile, and cheap!

Update: Tried this orange tahini sauce. It was delicious and came together pretty easily with my immersion blender and the measuring cup it came with. I might cut the honey a little bit next time since it was a little sweet.

http://www.thekitchn.com/5-easy-sauces-to-make-your-grain-bowls-pop-227266

Also, cucumbers are delicious as well as shredded carrots (not diced or vegetable peeler peeled).

Orzo with Carmelized Vegetables

This was good, but it took quite awhile. But with practice, I think it has potential to be a good template for a variety of related recipes: Root Veggie + onions + mushrooms + grain + wilted green.

1. The orzo got a little mushy, even though I cooked it al dente. Maybe a heartier grain, like farro, would be better.

2. More deglazing sauce! My pan got pretty crusty, and there was not enough sauce to soak up all of that deliciousness! I’d also think about adding some rice vinegar or a lighter red wine to the mix.

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-orzo-wit-158228

Polenta Bowl with Spinach, Chicken and Poached Egg

This was great! I think it could serve as a good template for other similar recipes. Grain & cheese + sausage/green/garlic saute + poached egg. I’d definitely adjust the ratios of polenta to greens though. Next time, double the greens, and maybe cut the polenta down by a third or so.

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-polenta-bowl-with-garlicky-spinach-chicken-sausage-amp-poached-egg-recipes-from-the-kitchn-199574