Day 15 of my 30 day blog series journaling my experiment with a Capsule Kitchen. The plan? Use 33 ingredients to create all our meals for three months. If you just joined me you can either start at Day 1 or view all Capsule Kitchen posts.
On Day 14 I shared the struggle I was having with only 33 ingredients on my Capsule Kitchen list.
I caved and added 4 items.
Two of the items allow me to make more complete meals. The other two items make my children happy.
It’s taken a day to get over it, but now I’m okay with my Capsule Kitchen containing 37 ingredients rather than 33. It will reduce to 35 again once the Farmer’s Market opens at the end of the month.
It’s a numbers game for me.
Last night our RV neighbors came over for dinner. To keep things simple, I planned a taco bar.
When I’ve done taco bars in the past, I put out:
- taco meat
- shredded cheese
- chopped lettuce
- black beans
- diced sweet peppers
- chopped onion
- chopped tomato
- sour cream
- tortilla chips
I was glad that most of the items are on my Capsule Kitchen list and in my pantry. Three ingredients were not: corn, cheese, lettuce.
The corn I could eliminate. Few people expect corn in a taco bar. I could maybe substitute chopped spinach for the lettuce.
Cheese, however, is a key ingredient of a taco bar.
Cheese? Oh noes!
I used up our remaining cheese in last week’s chimichangas.
What To Do?
Do I impose my limited ingredient list on my guests or do I make a quick trip to the store to pick up the expected ingredients?
While I pondered my decision, I re-read the “rules” for the Capsule Kitchen experiment. My thoughts eased when I reviewed #4:
This is not a project in suffering. If you need a cheat day once a month, take it. If you need to redo your list because you can’t make a meal from yours, change it. If you spend a week in Paris, eat a macaroon. Don’t let one excuse derail the entire challenge. Work around it.Courtney Carver
I declared the day a “cheat day” and headed to the grocery store. I skipped the corn, but picked up shredded cheese and pre-shredded lettuce. (If I was going to cheat, I was going to make it simple.)
We had a great time dining with and getting to know our new neighbors better. I confess I did watch to see what they each put on their tacos. Cheese was on every taco and lettuce on most.
What Would You Have Done?
Would you have declared a cheat day, like I did? Or, would you have stuck with your list?