I figure if I stare at my open fridge long enough, something will jump out at me.
I assume that’s the way many of you go about concocting some kind of meal plan too. I know it’s not the most efficient way of going about things, but, it seems to work. Most times.
Once you get over the shock from the not so subtle mood lightning inside that appliance, some decisions need to be made. Are there leftovers? If there are, are they even close to still being consumable without a potential ER visit? You probably have some staples. The milk might have a chance of escaping on it’s own once the door is open, but, the other stuff like butter, jellies, bottled sauces, in all likelihood are less problematic. So the hunt begins…
At this point you could continue combing through the wreckage that is most peoples fridge or maybe switch on your phone for some much needed assistance. That’s right, phone.
I discovered this app a few days ago. What’s For Dinner aims to help make that agonizing decision a touch easier. It’s a great little app, with some handy features. First, how about an online recipe search feature? Just type in any possible ingredient and it will be searched for. I mean any. I tried a whole host of different possibilities and I was unable to stump the thing.
Imagine this, you’re at work wondering what you could possibly prepare for your starving family after you’ve put in a hard day at the plant. Sounds great already, right? You somehow remember that you have a package of chicken thighs in the fridge. Type it into the app and you’re well on your way to planning your families next culinary expedition.
After you pull down your recipe choice you can make a shopping list out of it. That’s especially nice if you’re going to the store to shop just dinner and not trying to cram in your weekly shopping on top of it. Here’s what I decided on.
Garlic Cumin Chicken
Here how to do it:
2lb. Chicken Thighs, boneless/skinless
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
2 Tbsp. butter
16 cloves garlic, peeled & smashed
1 Tbsp. cumin, ground
1/3 cup parsley, chopped for garnish
4 lemon wedges
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Melt butter in a heavy bottomed skillet that is large enough to hold the chicken. Add chicken and brown on one side (about 5 minutes). Turn chicken and add garlic cloves. Cover and cook over medium low heat. Turn a couple of times until chicken is nicely browned and cooked through. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with cumin. Turn heat to medium high. Cook uncovered 3 to 5 minutes. Turn once.
Remove chicken from skillet to serving plate. Spoon garlic and crispy brown bits from pan over top chicken. Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon wedge.
Oh, I served mine with some rice pilaf topped with feta and a little of the leftover parsley.
Make no mistake about it. This little smartphone app isn’t going to cook your dinner for you (If they added that feature it would be killer). But, it sure can take the pain out of guessing what to make. And, as a bonus, it’s fun to use.
They have two versions. There’s a free version that lets you store a minimum amount of recipes and search several sights. For $2.99 you can have the premium version which allows you to add recipe labels, add your own ingredients to the shopping list function and even add photos.
The Bottom Line:
Cooking dinner for your family should be fun. Treasure hunts are great, but, maybe we should reserve those for a kids party rather than your daily encounter with the refrigerator. What’s For Dinner makes deciding what’s for dinner less of a challenge.