Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Don't become a Fast Food Fatality... 4 Foolproof Ways to get Fresh, Flavorful Food on your Table- Fast!

It's a rainy day... the kind of day where I'd like to stay in my pink PJ's all day, cuddled up on the couch with my laptop, and Food TV... and what is it with December 21st in these parts being too warm for a fire??? ;-)

And if it wasn't for the whole week's worth of carbs I ate at lunch today (thank you Mellow Mushroom!), I might have just dialed up some delivery.

But we both know that leads down a very unflavorful, ok, yea, yea, unfavorable path... ;-)

So here are 4 sure-fire ways that get me (and hopefully you) up off the couch and into the kitchen... cooking!

#1- Put on some good tunes... something that you can't help but MOVE TO!  Click play now, turn it up, and read on for even more fun!

#2- Pick a simple meal with simple ingredients.

Chicken Picatta
(Pound 3 chicken breasts flat, season w/salt, pepper and dried herbs. Saute in olive oil until browned and cooked through.  Set aside.  Add 1/4 c. white wine and the juice from 2 lemons to pan w/a bit more salt, scrapping bits from the bottom of pan and bringing to a boil.  Then reduce heat and simmer for about 8 minutes until slightly thickened.  Spoon over chicken.... mmmm)

Roasted Fennel
(Slice tops and bottom off fennel and cut in half.  Then slice into thin half-moon pieces.  Place on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, and salt and pepper.  Roast until caramelized at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.)

Bacon & Feta Salad
(I use a prepackage salad mix, add microwaved bacon, crumbled, and crumbled feta.  Top w/Brianna's Salad Dressing- I like the Strawberry label one!)

SIMPLE!  And completely delicious.

#3- Cook with your senses... The most important thing I learned growing up was to cook with my nose, my eyes, and my heart!  Cooking with your senses lets you be in the moment, enjoying the simplest things in life.  And always reminds of the most important things in life... like friends and family.

(This new Penzey's mix is my new best friend! YUM!)

#4- Have some fun in the kitchen.  Yea, even if it means working on a Renoir while waiting for what's roasting ;-)  Embrace your inner foodie geek.  And enjoy! 

So, how did it all turn out?


Glad I found my way back to the kitchen tonight...

and still licking my fingers... and the plate.

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