Sunday, March 29, 2009

Some good meals, for a change

Well, the family had been complaining about always cooking the same old things for dinner, so I really tried to come up with some new things. Let's see if I can remember them:
  • Dish #1: This started out as chili with mushrooms substituted for the ground beef, but the recipe took a turn somewhere and became something else. Sautee 2 8oz packages of baby bella mushrooms (sliced) with an onion (also sliced). Add a 16oz can of blackbeans, 16oz can of chopped tomatoes (seasoned?), and a cup or so of frozen corn. Season to taste with salt, ginger?, curry?, and whatever, and cook a bit so flavors mix. Serve over Uncle Ben's wild rice.
  • Dish #2: Cut up a pkg (about 3/4 to 1 lb.) of chicken tenders into bite-size pieces and saute in canola oil with soy-sauce added for color and flavor. Set aside, and saute an 8oz package of snow peas together with a 3 oz package of sliced almonds. Add the chicken, and serve over cooked linguini or fettucini.
  • Dish #3: Stir-fry some cut-up beef, and set aside. Sautee some sliced onions and muchrooms together with some Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, and thyme, and add to set-aside beef. Make a roux of butter and flour, stir in some beef stock to make a sauce. Add beef and mushroom mixture to sauce and cook a bit to mix flavors. Serve over cooked egg noodles or garlic toast
  • Dish #4: Cut up a lb. of polish sausage into 1/4 inch slices, and saute in a little canola oil until nicely browned. Set aside, and fry up some sliced pototoes and onions. Add sausage to pototoes and onions, and season with salt, pepper, and cardamom. Serve with a salad made with fresh spinach, red and green pepper (sliced) , banana pepper (pickled and sliced), and bleu cheese (or feta).

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