I rushed back home after visiting Greenapple, to make dinner for Greg and I. He's been away about 5 days this week, so I was really happy to have him home. I had offers to meet for yoga, but I really just felt like he and I needed some quality time together. Which leads me to something I wanted to discuss. For any new readers, I've been with my husband for 8 1/2 years now and we've been married over 4 years. When people ask me about being a pilot's wife, I say that I'm used to him being away and I'm used to him being home. Both seem normal to me. A lot of the time I say it's kind of nice to have the time he's away to myself. You probably notice that I fill my time with various athletic activities, dinners, and social events. I've also been known to give the piece of advice to a new pilot's significant other to "get a life" (well, I try to put it more eloquently than that). I just mean that a pilot's wife needs to be really independent and be able to entertain herself while her man is gone. I think that can also mean to not plan everything around the pilot being home and drop everything just because he's home. But, I think recently I'm guilty of not allotting enough time for my husband. I've gotten so into my social activities, sports, and extracurricular activities, that sometimes I feel like I really only spend a couple hours a week with Greg if he's only home on weeknights. I don't know that that is enough, and I want to try and prioritize spending time with him a little more, while still maintaining an active social life. Do you guys have trouble balancing the things/people in your life?
Ok, on to dinner! I REALLY wanted to try making MILLET!
I actually twittered about it wondering if anyone had a good recipe. No response :( So I just decided to wing it. I toasted the Millet for about 4-5 minutes in a dry pan (this was 1/2 cup).
While it was toasting I brought 2 cups of liquid (I used 1/2 water, 1/2 veg stock) to a boil in a sauce pan. I dumped the Millet into the water and covered it to cook on low for about 30 minutes. I ended up deciding to add some sauteed onion, some orange zest and orange juice (like 1/4 of an orange worth), and just a touch of dried rosemary (like maybe 1/4 teaspoon). I added these things in the last 5 minutes of cooking or so to meld in.
I also steamed some zucchini:
Then I got to the "meat" of the dinner. Greg LOVES orange chicken at a Chinese Restaurant. At least, he used to when he ate meat more often. I have always thought it was gross, with the "mystery" chicken under the deep fried/candy coating. I'm more of a chicken with mixed vegetables or broccoli kind of girl. Anyway, while at
the place where we can't spend less than $100 Costco recently, we saw this sauce. Yeah, it's not very nutritious, but it gave me an idea. Tempeh would be good cubed with a little of this on it to simulate "orange chicken".
And my idea was right! I used very little, like maybe a tablespoon? A little went a long way and created a nice gooey crust on the tempeh. Success :) I think I actually could make my own healthier version of this with just some orange juice and brown sugar (maybe some corn starch to thicken it slightly). Since I only used a very small amount I think the overall health of this meal was pretty good though.
Greg loved it and said we should have this meal once a week!
On a totally unrelated note, I just heard about this website: Cats that Look Like Hitler!
It's good for a laugh if you are need... :)