Wednesday, January 07, 2009

One pan, Late Night

I swear, the best cooking I do is when I'm trying to throw something together with five minutes on the clock. I wanted some thing warm and pasta-y without getting spaghetti meetballs or whatever. So, I put some shell macaroni to boil in one pot. I chopped up some left over olives and walnuts until they resembled a cracker spread. Meanwhile, I took some bacon left over from breakfast and nuked them until they were crispy. Opened a can of artichoke hearts in crushed a few of those. Threw in two slices of provo and a little blue cheese. Mix together and enjoy! I'm in heaven. Forgot to write the spices I used: bay leaves, basil, garlic, cumin.

12 comments:

Mr. Pants said...

Yikes! That sounds pretty revolting.

vamp said...

We're trying to use up stuff in the house before I go shopping tomorrow. Tonite we had ham steak, cut up into cubes, with scalloped potatoes mixed with green chiles and broccoli. Some funky recipe I found that tasted pretty good.

Traceytreasure said...

Sounds delicious! Even for breakfast!!

Been thinking about you....

Hugs!!

Seven Crows said...

Sounds really good - I just made Farfalle With Gorgonzola, Arugula & Cherry Tomatoes for dinner last night. One of my favorites and so easy. Got the recipe from the NY Times here: http://poprl.com/Bdz

Basically done as you did - the heat of the pasta cooks the arugula. I always add more arugula than they suggest and more tomatoes too.

Psychodiva said...

now that- apart from the blue cheese- sounds delicious! I could replace the blue with some nice crumbly welsh :)

CyberLizard said...

Boy, that's fancier than my usual last-minute cooking. I've found that ramen noodles, drained of water and with only half the spice packet mixed with some stirfried chicken with garlic is surprisingly good.

Rean House said...

You should change your name from "PossumMomma" to "SuperMomma". When I'm doing last minute cooking it consists of throwing a Delicio Pizza in the over (occasionally I even turn the oven on) :)

Phoebe Caulfield said...

Yeah, what the hell kind of 5-minute cooking is that? That's fancier than I make on a night that I'm actually trying. My lazy meal consists of approximately one can of pop-top chef boyardee and maybe some cold cereal. I want you to come cook for me.

Shady Lady said...

Sounds amazing! I just started "concocting" as I call it. I was always afraid before. I've been amazed at how well these meals turn out.

Karen said...

I'm amazed/impressed, too. You're a quick thinker, PMom! It sounds delicious (but then anything with cheese and artichokes sounds delicious to me).

I hope this is the kind of meal you make for the Possums. My poor husband grew up in a classic American meat-n-potatoes household and never learned to appreciate this kind of dish.

dc-agape said...

Sounds marvelous to me! Artichoke and blue cheese anytime.

Tanya said...

I've recently thrown together two quick meals.
1. Veggie stir fry because I forgot to take out a meat.
"recipe": preheat a wok with peanut oil, chop 1/2 an onion and throw this in the wok, add a few scoops of pre-minced jarred garlic. While this is cooking, chop some baby carrots and throw them in the wok.
After the carrots have cooked for a few minutes, throw in a bunch of frozen broccoli, peas, green beans.
Pour in whatever asian spices/sauces you have. I used:
plum sauce, a splash of anise extract, a small amount of Thai chili sauce, quite a bit of Tamari. Saute until cooked. Once heat is off stir in some sesame oil (sesame oil doesn't like to be cooked)
Serve over minute rice. This was soooo good. I never missed the meat.

2. Last night I made mexican rice and pork chops in one skillet.
"recipe": saute some onion and garlic for a few minutes. Salt and pepper pork chops and brown lightly in the same pan. Add 1 can dark red kidney beans, tomato sauce (14oz), 2tb chili powder, 1tb coriander, 1.5 tb cumin. Throw in frozen corn. Add about a cup of some kind of broth (I used beef). Once pork chops are about cooked and sauce is boiling, throw in a few handfuls of minute rice. 5 minutes later your meal is ready.

Each of these took me under thirty minutes to make start to finish.