Today, I’m cooking for 6 hours before going to counsel people and fix them.
I gots a holiday party tomorrow, and I’m super duper excited.
There will be new recipes from it, too! Perfect for YOUR holiday parties.
In the meantime, though, we still have to eat dinner tonight, right? Let’s make something that isn’t a recipe, but an idea, and can fit with exactly what shriveled veggies and freezer-burned protein you have in your house.
It’ll be fun!
I’ve written about this “way” of making dinner a few times, but I’m always coming up with different combinations that would be super yummy, so I need you to make some of them and tell me how they are, ok?
Basically, we’re making a layered dinner: one carb, topped with one sauteed veggie, topped with a small piece of pan-grilled protein, topped with…toppings.
Like this one! Spaghetti, mixed with a bit of butter, topped with sauteed spinach and garlic, topped with a piece of grilled salmon and some toasted pine nuts. Click here for that method.
Or this: couscous, topped with sliced grilled chicken (just with salt, pepper, and olive oil), topped with chimichurri. This is on way I love to make chimichurri, but use whatever herbs you have on hand!
Now: what else could we do? Here are some ideas:
- Brown rice topped with sauteed peas and carrots, topped with canned tuna, topped with fresh dill.
- Wild rice topped with sauteed mixed mushrooms, onion, and garlic in a bit of butter, topped with sliced steak and fresh parsley and crushed red pepper flakes.
- White rice topped with sauteed okra and garlic topped with white fish sprinkled with cajun seasoning or Old Bay, topped with chopped fresh jalapenos and tomato.
- Cooked short pasta tossed with butter, topped with canned tuna, shredded cheddar, chopped raw celery and onion, and black pepper.
What do you have in your pantry that just NEEDS a happy dinner idea? Let’s plan something together. Happy Wednesday!