Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Menu: Items 5 & 6

I have an incredibly lazy rotation of meals, the ingredients of which I keep on hand so I don't need to plan ahead what I'm making for dinner until right before I do.  Planning ahead is not the lazy way.  Anyway, my secret to dinner on the table, without planning, in less than 20 minutes is that all protein is pre-cooked; canned salmon, frozen shrimp, canned beans, or pre-cooked and frozen chicken/turkey/ground beef.  

#5 on my lazy rotation is Yellow Rice (also known as Saffron Rice)
I prefer "Vigo" brand, as its out of Tampa and the best one by my standards

Family packet of Yellow Rice
can of peas
can of black beans
Old Bay (not a necessity, but I'm from Maryland, where we know Old Bay makes everything taste better)
Water (amount is on the package)

Add everything together, bring the water to a boil and simmer for 20 min

5 ingredients
5 minutes of work

#6 Fake-out chow mein
OK, so this might not really be anything like chow mein, but its close enough for me.

Chinese noodles
These are 2 types of chinese noodles I"ve found
Frozen mixed vegetables (like the stir fry package)
Oyster sauce
Soy sauce
Cooked Shrimp

Cook the noodles and the vegetables together:  3 minutes.  They're just like ramen noodles except they don't have any fat, where as ramen packets are friend noodles. 
Drain.  Add the oyster sauce and soy sauce to taste.  Add the shrimp.

5 ingredients
5 minutes

lots cheaper than take-out

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