Offbeat Home Food Challenge: Recipes for Day 6

By on May 4th

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Doing this food challenge has been really interesting for me, too! I've learned things, also!

  • Seems like the dishes relying on spices for variety are going over really well — the sandwiches and curries.
  • The recipes you've had trouble with are similar to my kitchen disasters. I can't tell you how many baked dishes I've failed disastrously. And subtly: it seems like these sorts of recipes are so much more likely to be inexplicably, unfixably bland sometimes. (But I totally threw Megan under the bus with the mac and cheese!)
  • I greatly overestimated Megan's cooking knowledge. Having spent three days with her just last month I don't know how this escaped me so utterly.
  • When in doubt, I should be as specific as possible in describing everything.

SO WE SET UPON DAY 6 of the Offbeat Home Food Challenge with vigor!

We're now into the fog of fading food item inventory. I've had you cook a LOT of eggs, and I'm sure you used up most of your greens already, too. With that in mind, I'm going to give you a fast breakfast, an easy lunch, a trip to the supermarket, and some supplies that will last you for a couple more meals.

Breakfast: Do you still have bagels?


  • Bagels, if you still have them
  • Bread, if you don't have bagels
  • Toaster!
  • Butter
  • Honey
  • Tea

Make yourself a bagel! Smear it with a glob of butter. Dribble on honey, and slam in your mouth. Tea is optional. (Do you know how to make tea? Ariel lives on black tea and honey.)

Lunch: Eat some more turkey sandwich!

You said a lunchmeat sandwich is a pretty typical lunch for you, and that doesn't really need to change. This is a good place to keep improvising on the basic meal until you get bored — preparing for good lunches will keep you visiting the produce aisle once in a while, too.

Lunch — and sandwiches especially — is good for using up some produce that might be on a downhill slide. Take stock of your ingredients. What have you got in the way of:

  • Bread
  • Turkey
  • Mayo
  • Mustard
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Cheese
  • Chips
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Eggs?

Mix and match with whatever you've got. Consume with a bubbly drink.

New grocery list!

You may already have some of these. Replenish if needed!

  • Lettuce
  • 1 jalepeño (in the refrigerated produce section. Pick a tiny pepper if you can't figure out which to get: tiny ones are gonna by spicy.)
  • 1 fresh tomato
  • Carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 apple
  • 1 bunch spinach (also available frozen)
  • Corn tortillas
  • 1 can black beans
  • Salsa
  • Salt
  • Cumin
  • Bread
  • 2 bags frozen broccoli
  • 1 8oz cheddar cheese
  • 1 tube goat cheese
  • milk
  • cereal
  • ice cream

Dinner: Fried bean tacos


  • Corn tortillas
  • Lettuce
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 clove garlic, smushed
  • 1 quarter onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 jalenpeño, finely minced
  • salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 potato, diced finely (like, cubes the size of the tip of your pinky?)
  • olive oil
  • yogurt
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salsa

  1. Preheat the oven and do this with your taco shells.
  2. Heat a frying pan to medium and drizzle in a spoonful of olive oil.
  3. Fry onions, garlic, salt, cumin, paprika, together for several minutes — say, five minutes!
  4. Add potatoes, jalpeño and fry for three more minutes.
  5. Drain can of beans, add to frying pan.
  6. Let everything simmer lightly for about 10 minutes.
  7. Dish into awaiting taco shells. Top with lettuce, cheese, yogurt, put salsa on the side, and nom.

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About Cat Rocketship

I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things.