Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Leveling-Up the General

This may come as a shock, but sometimes, I just don't feel like making dinner.  I don't.  Sometimes (aka- when its not watermelon season) I just grab a bowl of cereal, and call it a night (I mean, if its good enough for the first meal of the day, why not the last?  Am I right, or am I right?).  And other times, I'll get a half a watermelon and a spoon, and just go to town.  Those are basically my two go-to plans when I don't feel like making dinner.

When I'm home alone, those plans are fine.

However, when my handsome husband is home, I like to step up my game a little bit.  I mean, I don't want him to hear tale of some bodacious babe that cooks full 4-course meals every night, and his mind get to wanderin'.  So I have a secret plan for when I don't feel like cooking.  You may have heard of it.  It's called "take-out".  

Now, I realize, after several friends have pointed it out, that take-out is no big secret.  Apparently y'all know about the magic that is the telephone.  But I do have a secret plan for making it just a wee bit better.  Here's my method, broken down into steps.

Step 1: Order General Tso's with white rice.
Ask for "extra broccoli, extra spicy"

Step 2: Be sad when you get home and find 4 measly pieces of broccoli, instead of the usual 2.
Decide that "extra broccoli" must not translate well.



Step 3: Throw 1/4 Cup of water and a whole head of broccoli into a saucepan.
Simmer for about 8 minutes, turning occasionally.
Try and keep your husband from eating the General Tso's without you.

Step 4: Add the now-steamed broccoli to the chicken.
Mix it up real good.

Step 5: Be happy with the greens-to-chicken ratio.
Smile inside at finally having got your "extra broccoli"

Step 6: Feel good about feeding your family something moderately more healthy.
Chow down.
Discover that "extra spicy" does translate, even if "extra broccoli" does not.
Drink lots of water.

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19 comments:

  1. Mmmmm, Gen Tso's sounds so yummy!

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    1. Even at 8AM. I know, right? haha! I promise to tell you if I eat it for breakfast, if you promise to do the same.

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  2. Well, if it's good for the last meal of the day, why not for the first, right? :)

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    1. I am liking the way your mind is working... :)

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  3. Yum! I am OBSESSED with general tso's. I love love love your idea of making some extra broccoli. I'll keep it in mind for the next time!

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    1. Uhm, YEAH. You're obsessed with it because it's delicious! Let me know how it works out for you!

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  4. Yum! That sounds really good! Love General Tso's. I say whenever the craving hits, just go for it. :) It was so neat meeting you on Saturday. You are so open and genuine (and fun), I felt like we had known each other always. I love your blog; you are really quite funny. I pray that God continues to give you wisdom as your school stuff comes to an end, and that He will guide and direct you and your hubby in finding just the right place to call home. Again, so nice to meet you - continued blessings on your blogging. :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment! It was so great getting to know you, too! I covet your prayers, and I know God will take care of the details, I just have to be faithful in what has been given to me. Keep in touch!

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  5. illiterate gramma5/03/2012

    What a girl !!! Gen'l Tso is my favorite . the only problem,it is the most points if you are on WW plan, as I am once again.,I think , tho, if you eat enough broccoli it will cancel the chicken out. Am I right?? LOve ya firewife.

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    1. Gram,

      I definitely think enough broccoli will make it healthy. That's my hope, anyhow :) Thanks for checking in with me! Love you back!

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  6. Love your recipe! I can handle steaming some broccoli. It's my kind of cooking. ;-)
    ~FringeGirl

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    1. It does make it seem like you've made something magical!

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  7. Oh my goodness! That looks delicious!

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    1. Not to rub it in, but it was pretty good. :)

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  8. oh my goodness. that makes me sooo hungry.. and totally sounds like me.. i mean the take out, and the cereal... not the "extra prepared" take out =)
    love it. (im new here, btw) haha

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    1. Glad you could stop by! It worked like a dream!

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  9. That looks yummy! Found you through the Monday Meet up. What a cute blog. Happy to follow you!
    Would love to have you stop by my little corner!

    xo
    Kristina
    citycorporatetosuburbmama.com

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    1. Thanks, it was pretty delish! I'll be sure to visit you, too!

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  10. Coming over from Monday Meet-up. I love how you think :)

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