Monday, January 18, 2010

An Easy Dinner

I wasn't feeling well today so I needed an easy, quick dinner. Yesterday we had some phenomenal steaks that we made on the grill, along with baked potatoes and a warm spinach salad with a bacon vinaigrette (which is easy--cook the bacon, reserve three tablespoons of fat, then cook some onions and garlic in it (I did one onion, chopped and one clove of garlic). When that's done, add 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard. Add the spinach and cook until wilted.)

No pics today -- I didn't feel well enough to mess with that--but for dinner tonight, I did a marinade (I was in the mood for one after watching them do marinades on Worst Cooks in America). The marinade was awesome--made the chicken very tender:

1 shallot, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tangelo, juiced (you can use an orange, but I had tangelos on hand)
a dash of salt and pepper
4 chicken breasts

I mixed the marinade, then added it and the chicken breasts to a Zip-Loc bag, threw it in the fridge for a few hours. Later, I had DH grill the chicken. Very good stuff!

To go along with that, I made a white sauce, added fresh grated Parmesan cheese and a pinch of nutmeg, then tossed it with spaghetti noodles (was all out of cool, funky noodles like bowties), some blanched asparagus and some peas. Very good stuff there, too!

So an easy, quick dinner, and not much cleanup. My favorite kind ;-)



  1. Shirley
    Hope you are feeling better soon. I enjoy watching "The Worst Cooks In America"

  2. Shirley, hope you feel better soon! Can you come live with me and cook? I don't know how you do it all! Prolific writer, amazing cook. Whew. You're amazing!


  3. I love that Worst Cooks show, Panda. I feel so bad for them when they mess up--and totally relate to the difficulty of trying to get everything done and plated without screwing up, LOL.

    Marian, if you want to write all my books I can do that, LOL. I could use a month off!


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