I have had ZERO inspiration for dinners for the past couple of weeks. Zero. I made a bunch of shredded chicken for tacos for Seth's grad party on the 15th...and then we lived off of the leftovers for the rest of the week. I'm not sure any of us want to see shredded chicken for a good long while. Chicken tacos, chicken nachos, chicken burritos...enough already!
I got out some london broil one night to turn into broccoli beef...then let it sit in the fridge too long...then couldn't use it because it wasn't fresh anymore...and ended up ordering pizza. Then chinese. Then burgers. Or I made mac and cheese from a box. Then I bought pounds of lunch meat and good hoagie rolls...and we lived on sandwiches for a week or so.
I kept telling my family I was going to cook...and then just couldn't bring myself to do it. And I figured out a few reasons why... One, my cue to cook is darkness. So in the summer I don't get my usual cue around dinner time since it doesn't get dark until 9 or so. Two, it's stinkin' HOT. And I don't like to cook when it's hot. And yes, we could have salads, but that takes prep and planning...both of which I haven't been doing either. (Not to mention my family isn't thrilled with just salad.)
I'm telling you...it's been a rough couple of weeks.
Well, today I was determined to make a dinner. I had defrosted a chuck roast yesterday and, of course, didn't use it last night, so I decided to make shredded beef tacos today using the crock pot. I seasoned the beef with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, paprika, cayenne, added a bit of water then let it do its thing in the crock pot for four hours or so.
When the meat was almost done I fried up some corn tortillas. Then I made up a delicious side to go on the tacos...I called it Mexican Slaw. Shredded cabbage mix, chopped avocado, chopped tomato, lime juice, salt, chili powder, garlic powder and cilantro. Mm mm mmm...it was really quite tasty. We put it on our tacos and it was delicious...but I'm thinking you could even just eat it on the side. You could also add black beans...or corn...or both. I will definitely make it again.
And now I feel the slump lifting...I'm feeling a bit of inspiration coming on...maybe even a menu plan. Who knows?