Things are getting old here, that aren't frozen. We shopped at the beginning of February, and planned to shop again by the middle of this month. Buuut, now we won't shop until the 1stish, and now Ds is talking about waiting until he's paid, on the 5th. I will have to move some things around, but we can do it. Though, meat is becoming a critical need. I hope that we haven't missed them having it. It tends to sell out.
Last night we had the best meal. Simple, but delicious.
Dh took an 8 oz. piece of meat and made it into thin slices.
Meanwhile, I took some Brussels that had seen better days, and cleaned them all. I removed the yellowing leaves, end of the stems, washed them, cut in halves, etc. Most were very small, which is nice.
Then, we sliced a small head of garlic's cloves.
I started with the Brussel's. I cooked them simply in the pan with olive oil and some salt until they started to brown a little, then added a small amount of water to the pan now and then until they were tender, then let them finish turning golden.
I took them out of the pan, then put in the meat strips. I gave them salt, pepper, some garlic powder (fresh and powdered garlic are so different, that I use both when using fresh garlic, oftentimes.) a small pinch of Italian herbs, so that it didn't overwhelm the dish, and a pinch of sugar for balance, which you can't taste, but it does work, kind of like Accent.
Then, the sliced garlic went on top of the meat...oh yes, a little more olive oil, and I began to saute. I just wanted browned flavor on the meat, and the garlic to be soft and cooked. When you do that, there's no sharp garlic flavor. It's more like roasting garlic.
When done, I put the Brussels back in the pan to warm back up, and we had it over rice. It was so good! I must have hit the seasoning and browning just right, plus the meat was super tender, the garlic was fully done, and the Brussels were just right. It's not easy to hit everything just right, but when you do...!
But then, that's something that I like anyway. A simple meal of meat & veges (the garlic was a bonus) with a carb.
I've got one time's worth of Brussels still left, though more than what we had last night. I will clean and prep them the same tomorrow, and make a similar meal. It gave me a snack at pill time today, which I just ate cold. I don't eat things like leftover pasta cold, but meat and a vegetable I will.
The only thing that I missed was something for dessert. Dh had a Drumstick (ice cream version.) and earlier had eaten a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich. Sometimes Ds will bring one or both home to him when he's out where they are sold, and he's coming here right away.
I've finished my April through mid-May menu, but not quite the shopping list.
On that menu, I've got our once a week 'Diner Nights' back, which we've been trying again the past couple of months, and one of the desserts is the chewy brownie cookies sandwiching some of my fudgesicle ice cream. I am thinking of making another flavor of cookie for it, not that having chocolate on chocolate worries me at all, lol!
Those weekly meals are the most fun to create. I picture eating at a diner, and what foods I might like. And, unlike some other meals in the week, which might not be a big deal with sides, I try to make sure that there's a dineresque :-) vegetable and carb, sometimes salad, extras like pickled beets, etc. plus a dessert, which I don't make very often anymore. Fun, fun, fun! :-) Yep, doing them relaxes me, lol!
Well, I've had this mostly written all day, and now it's past bedtime. Have a terrific Friday & enjoy your new kitchen items!