This week I decided to try cooking a meal of some sort every single day. It was difficult, to say the least, because of the limited resources that I have, especially when I was unable to use the kitchen in the dorms. When I was able to use it, I had an easier time because I could prep the meal and use the appropriate pans and equipment. In the kitchen, I made Chicken Alfredo, and it did not go very well because I made a few mistakes throughout the process. First of all, I realized that Alfredo sauce burns very quickly because it is a creamy sauce that needs to be watched the entire time. I also did not taste the sauce as I was cooking it, so it was under-seasoned when I finished it. I don’t know why or how I forgot this step because in every cooking show ever, the chefs remind the viewers to taste everything as they cook because then they can add seasoning as they go rather than at the end. The other mistake that I made was cooking the chicken a little bit too long. I am always cautious about cooking chicken because I have gotten food poisoning from undercooked chicken before, so now, whenever I cook chicken, I make sure that it is completely done because I would rather eat burnt chicken than raw chicken for fear of getting sick! For next week, I hope to work on my seasoning skills, keep the correct heat on each pan, and cook the chicken to the right temperature so that it tastes better!
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On a brighter note, I had a good experience with my cooking creativity this week! As I have stated before, I live in the dorms, so it is hard for me to have the resources to cook all of the time because all that I have is a microwave. This week, though, with the help of Pinterest.com, I was able to find a few healthy microwavable meals that really pushed me outside of my comfort zone. The first one that I made was scrambled eggs. I put two eggs in a large coffee mug, added about a tablespoon of milk, and whisked the two together until they were combined fully. Next, I put the mug in the microwave, and cooked it on high for two minutes. After I took the eggs out, I added feta cheese and spinach, and it sort of tasted like an omelette, so I would consider that a success! The next microwave meal that I made was a chicken wrap. I bought cooked, shredded chicken, pepper jack cheese, and whole-wheat tortillas, so all that I had to do was assemble the wrap, and cook it in the microwave for about 45 seconds. I know that this isn’t exactly considered cooking, but it was a challenge for me because it was forcing me to get healthier meal options and put them together for myself rather than to go to McDonald’s and order chicken nuggets.
I hope that I continue to push myself as far as trying new meals, assembling healthier meals, using my microwave and the kitchen to my advantage. Next week, I am hoping to make one meal in the kitchen per day as well as use the kitchen to make a few meals that I can just warm up the next day. If I prep my meals, I will be able to eat a home-cooked meal without the struggle of fighting other residents for the kitchen. I would label this week as a success because I made myself cook a meal in one way or another every day, and that helped me get in a routine! We will see if I am more successful and creative next week. 🙂