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Quality impulse buy.
This afternoon before heading up the hill to a friend's house-warming, I stopped at Wegmans to get a case of seltzer (for home) and a six-pack of Saranac IPA (for the housewarming).

It being a Saturday afternoon, it was also free sample time, and I immediately ran into Phil, the sample cook at Wegmans, serving samples of Roasted Cauliflower and Delicata Squash with Baby Spinach. Phil had, right next to his display, packets of cauliflower florets, cleaned and cut squash, bags of baby spinach, and large red onions -- everything needed to make it except the Wegmans brand Basting Oil.

On impulse, I looked over the recipe, then put into my cart the ingredients. I found the basting oil in the cooking oils section, found it was canola and grapeseed oils (can I get away with writing that as "(g)rapeseed oils"?) with parsley and other herbs, and declined to buy it at $6/liter.

Tonight, I made it. It was easy with the pre-prepared veggies. I subbed olive oil and oregano for the branded basting oil, and used kosher salt instead of sea salt. It was also good.

This is the second time in the past couple of weeks where we have ended up buying pre-prepared veggies rather than cutting and chopping them ourselves. This is also the second time in the past couple of weeks where we have actually cooked dinner at home more complicated than opening cans of soup or frying an egg or two. I think we should look into the pre-prepped veggies more.

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I've found that if I wash and prep my produce when I get home from shopping, I am more likely to use it. Buying the prepped stuff has gotten too expensive for us.

That recipe sounds tasty.

For small amounts, the supermarket salad bar is often useful. Buying a whole bag of, say, broccoli florets means that half the bag is going to go bad before it gets used up. But at the salad bar, you can get six florets each of broccoli and cauliflower, some sliced zucchini, a little onion and red bell pepper, a handful of baby spinach, and maybe even some pine nuts or almonds - just enough to make dinner for one or two people. Also, the Simply Potatoes brand (sold refrigerated) has partially cooked potatoes in several forms - shredded, sliced, wedges, etc. These cook up quickly and easily, and you aren't limited to using them according to package directions. The shredded ones for "hash browns" can make latkes, and the sliced "home fries" can be quickly deep-fried into "Saratoga chips" - yum! So, yeah, some spuds and whatever other veggies look good, and a protein source of your choice (ready-grated cheese, or Nasoya Cubed Tofu, if you're sticking with the "as convenient as possible" mode; there's also refrigerated cooked, cut-up Perdue chicken available for non-veggie meals), sauteed or stir-fried for a quick one-pot meal.

Edited at 2011-12-04 09:19 am (UTC)

Once I finally finish my CSA veggies (last delivery was before Tgiving), I will switch back to the pre-prepared veggies.

I wish we had a Wegmans. Sigh.
It's true precut veggies are more expensive than chopping your own but on the other hand, they are a lot cheaper than eating out.

An interesting thing we found when we started cooking at home was that Ted's blood sugar came under much better control without doing anything else. I can only conclude restaurant food is loaded with hidden sugar. I won't even mention salt because we use plenty of salt.

Do you have a gas stove or an electric one?

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