It Sucks To Eat Alone

It’s Friday night, 8pm, and I’m experiencing a sad, disconnected moment. I know it’ll pass, I know I’ll snap out of it, but I can wallow for a while, ‘ cos it’s as good an excuse as any to watch TV eating ice cream with a glass of screw-top merlot.

I just spoke with my captain, a disembodied voice letting me know he received the package. The brownies were still fresh, the dvds are exactly what he wanted, and my naughty little gift wrap of (clean) leopard print thong panties was most appreciated… Just keepin’ it real, right? It’s very uncharacteristic of me to do something like that, but it’s still good to add some spice even after almost nineteen years. He laughed that certain way that still gets to me- still affects me, and that’s why I’m sad. It is so not fair to be apart from the person you love to be with!!!! It is just so not fair! But I’m a practical person, and get over stuff quick, move on, have a sip of wine, get over it; I am fortunate in so many ways.

But I need to eat dinner now. I’m not good at making food just for myself. I’m much better at cooking for a family, creating healthy, nutritious, and delicious menus. But I know I have to eat, and not just ice cream with a wine chaser! I invented a great one dish meal that I can eat for a few days. It’s also my version of a foolproof way to cook brown rice perfectly every time.

Baked Brown Rice with Salmon

1 cup brown rice
2 cups water
Bunch chard (any greens or veggies, I use what I have-kale, zucchini, broccoli, spinach)
Salmon but you can use any kind of fish
Fresh basil, dill, cilantro, cayenne, black pepper, paprika, grains of paradise

Use a 9×9 glass baking dish
Add brown rice to dish, cover with water. Lay chard over the rice, leave it whole or rough chop. Cut salmon in serving sizes and place on top of chard and rice. Chop herbs and sprinkle on salmon along with other spices.

I don’t normally add salt, but you can if you can’t live without it, although it has tons of flavor without it. Sometimes I add a tablespoon of butter with the rice and water, but not when I make this for myself, ‘cos I don’t like the extra calories. Cover tightly with foil, place in 350 degree oven for about 45-50 minutes. Don’t peek! You know your own oven, so the time might differ. You can check after 45 minutes but not before.  This is the absolute best brown rice, light and fluffy. The salmon is moist and delicious, and the greens are cooked perfectly.

Try this easy dipping sauce reminiscent of the sauce that’s used on sushi:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 TBS Sriracha chili sauce
Mix together, store in refrigerator.

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4 thoughts on “It Sucks To Eat Alone

  1. I remember the days of eating alone……..now I share mealtime(and everything else) with our 6 year old boy. He misses his daddy fiercely! I think it’s a good thing to go ahead and give in to that sad moment, I find it passes more quickly then. And care packages are so important! I wish I knew how many boxes I’ve sent over the last 12 years…and to which countries! Have a great day.

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