Some days you don’t have the energy to go to the grocery store and hardly have anything in the fridge. Those days, frozen foods come out. Doesn’t sound appetizing? Make it:
Cook fish (tilapia in this case) with garlic, olive oil, onion, dried basil, and S&P. Keeping standard dried herbs has been the best thing I’ve ever decided to do. I gave up on the fresh stuff when basil had immediately wilted on me from the store. Take out the fish when it is close to done (remember, meats need to rest and continue to cook). Then add some vegetable stock, frozen peas, and frozen mixed vegetables. Pop that leftover rice you put put in the freezer a few days ago in the microwave, then add to the pot. Continue to add vegetable stock as needed. Then add milk to give it a creamy texture. Pour into bowls and place the cooked fish in the middle. If it is too thin for your liking, then mix flour (or corn starch) and cold milk or vegetable stock in a separate bowl (half a cup to a cup) and add it to the pot. As it warms, it will thicken.
It was like a poor man’s porridge. I made-believe that it was cold outside and we had stepped into a bar along a muddy road to get out of a snow storm and fill our bellies.