I had started to think about the dreaded “What am I going to make for dinner?” question. I was thinking I could make some fried fish with lemon rice and green beans—this would require me to make a quick run to the store. Then my daughter informed me—at the last minute as usual—that she was going out with her friends. Shifting gears, I started to think about what I could make with just what I had on hand.
Category Archives: Soups
Jan’s family Christmas Eve traditional meal was Grandpa Von Hausen’s goulash. This was a depression era dish of bacon, hamburger, onions, a bottle of ketchup, garlic, paprika, and cans of peas, kidney beans, and pork & beans. The idea was that this dish would sustain the family throughout the days of Christmas—without anyone needing to stop and cook. I have already made the original dish healthier, but Jan is currently on the Noom Program and she asked me to Noom-ify this recipe. My main change from the last time was to replace the beef with ground turkey, to eliminate the bacon and the pork in the beans.
In the morning, I had decided to reheat the leftover chili for dinner. When my daughter Eilene finally woke up, she said, “Oh yes, I forgot to tell you that my friends are coming over tonight”—dinner for six, not three. I could have thinned out the chili with more beans, but one of her friends does not like beans. After a discussion, we settled on Thai red curry chicken soup.
Wife Jan is on the Noom program and is still giving me lists of recipe names from her app. Many of these recipes are directly from Prevention, but I could not find this one on-line so I decided to wing it. Starting with the idea of a grilled seafood soup—the recipe name my wife gave me—I thought about what would go into it.
Wife Jan and I were wandering around the local Japanese market and she said it had been a long time since I had made sukiyaki. This is one of the dishes my mother, Claudia, would make as I was growing up. Since I was making this as a weekday dinner, I pared down my original recipe to feed three people—you may also increase the number and kinds of vegetables to feed more if necessary.
Wife Jan is now on the Noom program and I am trying to adapt my cooking to her needs. I have discovered that all of the recipes in the Noom app come directly from Prevention. While Noom has only been around since 2013, Prevention magazine—which was started in the 1950’s—was a major resource for Jan when she was doing research on holistic health in the 1980. Jan went through the Noom app’s recipes and wrote down the names of several that she wanted me to try making.
Wife Jan asked for another Noom recipe for dinner, Curried Sweet Potato and Apple Soup—which I determined was identical to one from Prevention. As has been the case over the last week, I have found I had disagreements with Noom’s ideas about recipes—not enough vegetables or spices. I adapted the recipe to my tastes.
In the past, I have railed against “add can one to can two” recipes. Given the current Covid crisis, I find I must change my opinion on this subject. When you cannot go out shopping every day for fresh food, all you may have are a couple of cans of foods. Needs must!