when i first decided to move to houston i got lots of questions about my motivation and whether it was a good idea or not. since it wasn't an easy decision for me, i totally understood where people were coming from. but i also got asked a LOT "what's tex going to eat? no way he'll eat what you cook", which surprised me and kind of annoyed me. um, i don't eat weird shit, for the most part. for some reason i think people think that cooking healthy meals has to mean that they are also not delicious meals, or that they aren't suitable for a boy. to be honest, i eat much more balanced meals now than i did before because tex loves vegetables so much that i feel like i have to incorporate them into every meal whereas before i was content to skip the green stuff or eat egg scrambles for dinner for weeks at a time.
there are definitely some things that i know won't go over well. i save my sweet potato/egg nights for when tex is coaching and i'll have my pancakes for dinner when he's in the mood to grab subway on the way home, but he's pretty much game to try anything once. i thought it'd be fun for this week's wiaw to take a look at the meals that i've learned are always a win in tex's book. i know i haven't done a standard what i ate wednesday post in a while but whatever, i do what i want, and i eat mostly the same ish so it's super boring. thanks to jenn for hosting another weekly round-up of eats!
tex loves anything...in a baked pasta form. baked ziti, lasagna, rigatoni casseroles...you name it, he'll eat it if it's some combination of pasta, cheese and tomatoes put into a 9x13 and baked. he also prefers his pasta sans meat (which i think is nuts) so most often, these are super basic. i loved the addition of frozen spinach in the skinnytaste baked ziti i made a few weeks ago and definitely will continue to make this recipe over and over again.
tex loves anything...that looks like it came from chipotle. this includes, but is not limited to, fajitas, burritos and fajita bowls. extra points if it is covered in homemade black bean salsa, which is probably tex's favorite thing on earth that i make.
tex loves anything...served with a side of rice. preferably white, but the brown variety will do. he's a huge fan of sauces and soy sauce is no exception. i worry for his sodium intake because legitimately it is not unusual to go through 1/4 of a bottle in one sitting when rice is on the table. actually, i don't really worry about it, he's a grown ass man, but it is an impressive thing to behold.
tex loves anything...with a greek flair. and by greek flair i mean with tzatziki on it. i make a pretty mean tzatziki and that stuff is good on just about anything (especially yogurt marinated chicken). like i said, he loves him a sauce.
tex loves anything...with shrimp involved. particularly if it's spicy and even more particularly if it can be covered in tabasco (but really, what can't be covered in tabasco?).
tex loves anything...with a side of wedges and anything buffalo style. potato wedges are consumed with great regularity around these parts as is anything with frank's on it. there's a reason that their slogan is we put that shit on everything...because we do. i could probably do an entire wiaw post on buffalo influenced things that we eat in my hood. actually, filing that idea away now.
tex loves anything...that i cook - or that's what he'll tell you if the training i've given him has stuck. in all seriousness though - cooking for two hasn't changed much about what i cook, but it has made me a lot more relaxed about eating, which is just great. thanks tex - for the compliments, the constant support and most of all for doing the dishes whenever i don't feel like it.
do you change the way you cook when you cook for other people?