Posts Tagged ‘quick’

Assembly Instructions – Fajitas

November 10, 2014

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If I said something was quick and easy before… this is far beyond even those descriptors. Overview: buy some stuff at Trader Joe’s, do a little slicing, a little searing, and then assemble a really tasty meal. Pack away the leftovers and you’ll have a really tasty lunch. Your time commitment is minimal.

Beef Fajitas for Four:

Trader Joe’s Carne Asada package, which is already sliced, just needs to be cut into manageable pieces

3-4 bell peppers, mixed colors, cut into strips

1 large yellow onion, sliced thick or thin

sour cream

chopped jalapeno (optional)

tortillas – the mixed corn/wheat ones are my favorite so far

Preheat a cast iron pan on the stove. Meanwhile, slice up your peppers and onions. Add a little bit of oil to the pan, then the onion and bell pepper (and jalapeño). Cook until soft and a little charred, then set aside to keep warm. In the same pan, add your carne asada pieces. Don’t crowd the pan – you may have to do two batches. I cook the meat until browned on the outside, red on the inside, so you may want to cook it a little longer. While the meat cooks, I like to warm up my tortillas in a separate frying pan on low heat. Once the meat is cooked to your liking, pile a little bit of everything with some sour cream into a tortilla and enjoy!

For my lunch the next day, I packed Greek yogurt in lieu of sour cream and popped tortilla halves into the toaster to warm them up. It was the kind of lunch that had me planning fajitas once a week for a while. By the way, the Trader Joe’s is within walking distance of my house, which is why every ingredient in this quickie meal can be purchased there.

Quick mushroom cream sauce

October 23, 2014

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This is a fast weeknight dish I threw together (apparently in the dark). It’s based on another Smitten Kitchen recipe, but where she puts the resulting buttery, mushroomy goodness on perfect little toasts, I put it on some farmers’ market ravioli.

I can never quite find white bread perfect enough for tiny mushroom-topped toasts, do you have that problem? The slices would have to be crunchy AND soft, rich but not overpowering, and at least half an inch tall. I prefer whole wheat toast with my sardines. Maybe I’ll talk about sardines soon, too. ;)

    Mushroom Cream Sauce

1 pound brown (Cremini) mushrooms or whatever mix you like
2 tablespoons butter
1 tender white portion of leek, 2 small shallots or 1/2 an onion (leeks are my favorite), sliced thin
1/2 cup white wine or sherry
2 glugs cream or half and half
salt to taste
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped chives, according to taste
chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, to taste

Clean and dice your mushrooms. Melt butter on medium-high heat – when foamy, add the mushrooms, salting liberally. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms release some of their moisture. If using onion, add it to the pan sooner. If using shallot or leek, reduce heat to medium and cook until barely translucent.

Next, pour in the wine and let simmer, covered, for around 3 minutes. At this point, evaluate your sauce. Is it nicely reduced or too liquidy? If it needs to reduce more, remove the lid until you like the looks of it. Reduce heat to low to avoid curdling, then add your glugs of cream, stirring well to get the caramelized bits at the bottom of the pan. Once your desired thickness is achieved, take the mixture off the heat and add the chives and parsley.

Toss with pasta and serve!