Meal plans, grocery lists and weekly cooking tips to cook in Vancouver for under $150 a week.
I am a disgrace to the education system. My geography is disgusting. It’s OK, you don’t need to feel bad for me – I am aware of my strengths as well as my weaknesses, so I embrace this itty bitty inadequacy.
But when I say my geography is disgusting, I mean Shepard’s-Pie-for-a-week-straight disgusting. “Is Portugal in South America?” I asked at one dinner party. “Penguins and polar bears party together in Antarctica.” I told one student. “I’m pretty sure he’s not from South Europe – he’s from Italy.” I told another student.
So, this week’s South American theme is a bit of a lesson in geography and in cooking. What little experience I have tells me many South American recipes center around a sauce or a marinade, and use a lot of beef or pork. These meat choices therefore could be a bit of a gut shock for us Canadian chicken eaters. I have found that if you do want to stay away from red meat in a recipe, skip the meat altogether and opt for beans, rather than substituting chicken.
We’ll take a trip to Peru for some stuffed peppers and fresh veggies cooked up with chicken legs and fresh chorizo. Then we’ll bust out our Dutch Oven from last week for a beef stew from Argentina, and then freshen it up with coconut chicken and rice and beans from Brasil. And, for the pièce de resistance (sorry, I am Canadian and only took French in school – no clever Spanish phrases here) – a gorgeous, meaty platter of beans, chorizo and fried egg from Columbia.
And, yes, I had to use Wikipedia to find out which countries are in South America.
Monday – Chicken and Rice with Fresh Chorizo (Peru)
Tuesday – Argentinian Beef Stew (Argentina)
Wednesday – Peruvian-Style Roast Chicken with Green Sauce (Peru)
Thursday – Brasilian Coconut Chicken (Brasil)
Friday – Rocoto Relleno (Stuffed Red Peppers) (Peru)
Saturday – Charquican Stew (Chile)
Sunday – Bandeja Paisa (Columbia)
Tips for this Week: