Weekend Easy Dish

Weekend Easy Dish was started so we could use whatever leftover ingredients we have in our refrigerator and kitchen and turn them into an eatable dish. If I were to brag, I’d say delicious, but I’m modest.

Not all of us have the same left over ingredients in  the same given weekend, and this may or may not be useful to you right now. However, if the dish sounds good  you may buy the ingredients and make the dish, in which case, it will be a fresh, new dish.

What I had in my kitchen this weekend:

Basic ingredients: olive oil, salt, onions, garlic, two boxes of almost empty types of pastas, (about same in size) and grated parmesan cheese.

I garden, so I also had fresh basil leaves, which add extra flavor to any dish, unless it’s a dessert.

In my refrigerator, I had 1/2 a pack of bacon, which had to be used and  fresh green beans, which I kept avoiding to cook on their own, so they were at risk to spoil. If your heart doesn’t pound faster at the thought of eating fresh vegetables, this is a great way to incorporate ANY green vegi into a dish you might like.

Step one: 

Have all your ingredients in the same place and make sure you don’t miss the main one, as I did once, when I made sour cream cake, but I had no sour cream.

Step two:

In a large skillet, cook the bacon until almost crisp, but do not over cook.

In separate pot, cook the pasta 1/2 way. Make sure before you put the pasta in the boiling water, you added salt and little oil to the water, so pasta doesn’t stick together. Drain the pasta and set aside. You might wish to reserve  2 cups of the water in which you cooked the pasta, for use later.

Remove the cooked bacon from the skillet and  the drained pasta and  set both aside.

To recap: You have the cooked bacon and the cooked pasta set aside.

Step three:

Chop an onion and garlic to taste, add  it to the bacon drippings in the  large skillet, add a little salt, if you are not worried about your high blood pressure, and cook  until golden, on medium heat.

Add the green vegetable. Remember? The ones which were fresh in your refrigerator, but in danger to become garbage? Stir them in with all the other ingredients in the skillet, on medium heat. About 5 minutes.

Step four:

Add the cooked pasta  to all the other ingredients in the large skillet and stir well. This is when if the ingredients are too dry, you ADD the reserved water from cooking the pasta.

After I cooked everything on top of the stove,  and mixed them all together in the skillet, I put everything in a baking dish and bake it for about 15-20 minutes. It gives the dish extra flavor. Make sure you use a non-stick product , so the food doesn’t stick to the bottom of your baking dish.

Choices:

What’s nice in life is, God granted us free choices:

You have a choice of what to do with the bacon. My choice, was to chop most of it and stir it with the other ingredients, but I reserved a few NOT crisp slices of bacon, and I placed them on TOP of the dish, so when the dish bakes for the extra 15 minutes, extra flavor is added and the bacon on top becomes crisp.

You also have a choice about the parmesan cheese, or ANY other cheese for that matter:

You may stir it into the dish before you bake it, or stir in some and place some on top, as I did.

If you have fresh basil, chop it, stir some in the dish at the very end, so it maintains the flavor.

Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, until it looks eatable to you.

Take out of the oven and garnish with more fresh parmesan and basil leaves before you serve.

The good news is that this dish could be eaten the following day, as the flavorful ingredients have a chance to combine with one another. In fact, I liked it better the following day, but this is just a personal taste.

What does this mean, that this dish is yummy the following day?

If you have guests for dinner, you may cook the day before and reheat the day of your party. Now, that is a definite advantage!

Enjoy! That’s how we eat our vegetables:)

The Winding Road to the Yummiest Web Site!

Last night I was determined to sit at my laptop and search until I find that expert in cyber security  who will help me, with… surprise,  a cyber security problem!  

What happened next is a perfect explanation of the term “surfing the net.”

I started by reading an article, I believe on http://www.lifehacker.com on why it was safe to log into new accounts with your Facebook or Google accounts. Most commentators disagreed. I felt I needed to voice my opinion in their support… and then, somehow, my eyes stopped on a young man’s picture and under his picture it read: Turn Ice Cream into Bread! 

Oh, this was much more important than  my cyber security, so I surfed to his site: http://www.adachis.kinja.com (Adam Dachis)

I read the recipe once, twice, three times. Still there. So simple, I NEEDED to share.

Then, the real miracle happened, down the page, he was giving credit to The Hungry Housewife via Wonderful How To!

(www.thehungryhousewife.com) 

Needless to say, my “surfing STOPPED,” and  I didn’t know what to read first. So, I signed up for her e- newsletter and look forward to more incredible, yummy and uncomplicated recipes. Meanwhile, I wanted to say thank you and congratulations for a job well done!

The recipe is so easy, it made me blush because in my book, home made must be complex and take a long time! No more!

The recipe of the Ice Cream Bread:

Melted Ice Cream,  add flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, a pint of salt. Mix well and bake at 350 until done!

There are variations but this is the basic idea.  If you are an experienced cook, which I am sure you are, you will play with the quantities for the right consistency.

Today, while I was imagining the ice cream bread of my choice of vanilla, fate took me to one of her recent recipe: Bacon, avocado, tomato, grilled cheese!!!

This reminded me of an old joke: A man was trying to loose weight and avoid breads. His greatest temptation was that on his way to work he drove by a Bakery Shop! The day he started his diet, he thought to himself. “God, please send me a sign if I am supposed to start this diet. If there is no parking in front of the Bakery, it means I should start the diet!” With that deal in mind, he drove by the Bakery. NO parking space! He drove around the block…once, twice, three times!  A parking spake at last!!! “Oh God, thank you for giving me the right sign!” and he entered the Bakery.

The lesson in this story: The Hungry Housewife is a perfect example of loving to do something (cook) doing it well and sharing it in a smart way! Bravo! The world needs more like you!

Oh, and for those who wonder, I am not paid, I make no profits by writing this blog. I just like to share and give credit when credit is due! Most importantly, God did give me a sign!

P.S. I still did not find that cyber security expert, so I am surfing the net again tonight!

Rodica Mihalis, M.S. Counseling and Clinical Psychology

 

https://www.proventherapy.com/Rodica