Simple solo supper

When Jan comes back from being away at a fire assignment, he’ll often ask me what I ate while he was gone. It’s a simple enough question, but I’m always embarrassed to answer. See the thing is, I don’t always feel like going to great lengths cooking dinner when it’s just me. Really, I’m lazy. When Jan returns, I’ll go through my list of lunch and dinner dates catching up with friends, or my rundown of what I ate at my dad’s house. 

But I’m really just putting off his question with a bunch of distractions. He cracks up when I finally answer with one word: chicken. 

Chicken ten ways, I call it. 

Or more precisely, Costco rotisserie chicken (and you can’t beat the price at $4.99), cooked and ready to enjoy. There’s no end to all the different meals I can make with it, besides just eating the chicken by itself. I’ll eat the drumstick and thigh the same night I buy it, still often finger-burning-hot by the time I get it home. Then I use the rest for a variety of other meals over the course of a week, including Chinese chicken salad, chicken noodle soup, chicken tacos, and chicken enchiladas. 

The short list of dinner ingredients

I recently shared the first night dinner (when you eat the chicken right away when it is fresh and hot) with my friend Nevin, and she was impressed by the simplicity of it.

That day, I came home from a visit to my dad’s with a bounty of eggplant, squash, tomatoes, figs, and some gourds I have no name for. But for this dinner, I was focusing on the fresh tomatoes. 
From dad's garden

I sautéed some spinach in olive oil and garlic, along with some tomatoes. After plating, I sprinkled the vegetables with some parmesan cheese and enjoyed.   

When I told Jan about this dinner, he only shook his head. On one hand, I think he’s glad my diet hadn’t consisted solely of Cheerios and rocky road ice cream, while on the other, he’s disappointed at my lack of creativity in the kitchen. After all, he had either been eating hearty catered meals at fire camp, or helicoptered-in MREs out in the wilderness (MRE=Meal, Ready to Eat, also known as military rations). With my access to a kitchen full of ingredients, he’d hoped I’d be eating better than him. 

But with this year’s fire season keeping Jan closer to home, somewhere along the way, he started to open his mind up a little more to this Costco chicken. He started brainstorming dishes outside of my usual salads and Tex-Mex, and while he has yet to purchase a chicken on his own, he may be getting close.  

I’m hoping this post will serve as part one in a series about all the great things we can do with a pre-cooked Costco rotisserie chicken, with more semi-lazy dinners and lunches to come.

5 thoughts on “Simple solo supper

  1. We love the Costco Rotisserie as well! Its perfect for a last minute dinner idea… especially that drumstick with a side dish! I usually make chicken salad for sandwiches or over a bed of lettuce with the usual mayo, walnuts, onion and grapes halved. For $5.99 you can’t beat it!

  2. Ha! Your simple dinner totally trumps mine. When Colin goes out of town for the week my dinner is BEER. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll saute red onions and garlic in olive oil and sherry vinegar and then toss in some steamed green beans, and BANG! Awesome.

  3. Costco chicken is the best! My kids love it, especially with the artisan bread from Costco (warm)! I can’t wait to see all the things that you make with it. I need ideas beyond the obvious-slice and eat or in a sandwich.

  4. Looking forward to the easy recipes. That’s funny that Jan is so disappointed…I’m with you, keep it simple while the hubby’s away! Hmmm, I’ll have to try the beer for dinner idea….

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