Here is a picture of my school lunch from Thursday:
I was totally grossed out when I saw the limp, greasy fries. Thankfully this was only the first time that I’ve been served fries. Nearly everyday there is rice, a small amount of veggies, and either chicken or beef. On Thursday it was chicken nuggets (totally not a fan at all but it was the best option available). Usually about once a week the lunch service provides my favorite Venezuelan dish, Pabellon, which is shredded beef, black beans, and rice.
The only problem is that this past month it seems like all of the dishes have tasted like Pabellon (except for this disastrous last lunch on Thursday) and now I’m not crazy about eating it again any time soon. I also feel like there is a lot of grease in the food at the school cafeteria (something I really miss about the very cheap, healthy, and delicious food I got from the school cafeteria in China). I’m trying to eat clean now!
When I was teaching in Ciudad Ojeda I had a HUGE kitchen to work in. For two years I cooked nearly everyday, portioned out and froze leftovers so I always had lunches and dinners ready, and rarely ate out because Venezuelan food is really heavy on the carbs. Now I live in a small apartment with a sink that is so small that I can’t lay a dinner plate flat to clean it. My oven and fridge are also small (and of course there is no deep freezer provided like I had in Ojeda!)- though both are bigger than I had in China.
Anyway, I still haven’t grown accustomed to cooking in my small kitchen! How do people with small kitchens, ovens, freezers, and fridges prepare lunches for the week? What should I try to cook?
Remember there are not many prepackaged foods that I can find here. I mostly get my food from the local farmer’s markets. Lots of fruits and veggies and a bit of meat and cheese now and then. Very rarely I find homemade wheat bread that I like otherwise I usually buy a thick tortilla like thing called “pan Arabe”.
Does anyone have any recipe ideas to help kick me out of this school lunch rut?