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I'm really enjoying the fact that, with the fact that I really can't eat out in the equation, I'm forced to make healthy, nutritious meals for myself.

Today, it was chicken stir fry.

one small package of chicken
one green pepper
one onion
1/2 can of pineapple (in juice)
1 can water chestnuts
some frozen broccoli/carrots
2 tsp peanut oil (enough to season the pan -- I don't do teflon if I can help it -- I strongly prefer my old-new visions frypan and a wooden spatula) 1 tsp sesame oil (this is more for flavor) 1/2 tsp red pepper infused rapeseed oil light sprinking sesame seeds
some peanuts (a small handfull) some cashews (a small handfull)

Fry, stirring constantly. Serve over rice (I used "instant" Jasmine rice). I fried too long because I was waiting for the rice to cook (I forgot to turn the burner on) -- it could have been crisper, but hey, live and learn.

I should get a wok.

gushi: (Default)

I'm really enjoying the fact that, with the fact that I really can't eat out in the equation, I'm forced to make healthy, nutritious meals for myself.

Today, it was chicken stir fry.

one small package of chicken
one green pepper
one onion
1/2 can of pineapple (in juice)
1 can water chestnuts
some frozen broccoli/carrots
2 tsp peanut oil (enough to season the pan -- I don't do teflon if I can help it -- I strongly prefer my old-new visions frypan and a wooden spatula) 1 tsp sesame oil (this is more for flavor) 1/2 tsp red pepper infused rapeseed oil light sprinking sesame seeds
some peanuts (a small handfull) some cashews (a small handfull)

Fry, stirring constantly. Serve over rice (I used "instant" Jasmine rice). I fried too long because I was waiting for the rice to cook (I forgot to turn the burner on) -- it could have been crisper, but hey, live and learn.

I should get a wok.

Dinner

Jul. 14th, 2005 09:36 am
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I figured I'd share what I had for dinner, because for some reason it seemed fairly elaborate for cooking-for-one, but it was easily made, quickly prepped, and really inexpensive.

Ingredients:

Two chicken patties (my local market makes these chicken patties in-store with spinach and feta, but in reality you can use any kind of meat as long as it's not frozen). (average 50 cents to 2 bucks depending how many you get).
One small generic can tomato sauce (39 cents).
Some frozen pasta. I used gnocchi, my personal favorite, but in reality you can use anything. (99 cents a bag).One bag shredded mozzarella (you won't use the whole thing, also, shred your own) (1.99 on sale).

Bring 3qts water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and possibly a tablespoon of olive oil (both are optional).
While water is coming to a boil, bring a frying pan over medium heat, and brown one or two patties of ground meat, chopping to small pieces with a spatula. When meat is suitably browned, reduce heat as low as it will go and add one can of tomato sauce. Stir occasionally.

After water boils, add frozen pasta. Cook according to directions -or- follow these (which worked for my pasta):

After a few minutes, the first few pasta will float to the surface. Remove immediately with a slotted spoon.

(Note, the above may be a side effect of Gnocchi, since the potato starch foams like a mofo).

Anyway, put pasta into bowls, add meat sauce mixture. Top with mozzarella/parmesan to taste.

Dinner

Jul. 14th, 2005 09:36 am
gushi: (Default)
I figured I'd share what I had for dinner, because for some reason it seemed fairly elaborate for cooking-for-one, but it was easily made, quickly prepped, and really inexpensive.

Ingredients:

Two chicken patties (my local market makes these chicken patties in-store with spinach and feta, but in reality you can use any kind of meat as long as it's not frozen). (average 50 cents to 2 bucks depending how many you get).
One small generic can tomato sauce (39 cents).
Some frozen pasta. I used gnocchi, my personal favorite, but in reality you can use anything. (99 cents a bag).One bag shredded mozzarella (you won't use the whole thing, also, shred your own) (1.99 on sale).

Bring 3qts water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and possibly a tablespoon of olive oil (both are optional).
While water is coming to a boil, bring a frying pan over medium heat, and brown one or two patties of ground meat, chopping to small pieces with a spatula. When meat is suitably browned, reduce heat as low as it will go and add one can of tomato sauce. Stir occasionally.

After water boils, add frozen pasta. Cook according to directions -or- follow these (which worked for my pasta):

After a few minutes, the first few pasta will float to the surface. Remove immediately with a slotted spoon.

(Note, the above may be a side effect of Gnocchi, since the potato starch foams like a mofo).

Anyway, put pasta into bowls, add meat sauce mixture. Top with mozzarella/parmesan to taste.
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"I need either a decent amount of extraordinary food, or an extraordinary amount of decent food."

But in short, I crave a bagel.

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