Lazy Weeknight Meal

11 04 2012

Shortly after I moved to Tampa, Courtney invited me to come swim with her and a few others a few nights a week. I’ve finally started to settle into a routine, and have been regularly swimming twice a week since about the middle of February. Man, it feels good to be back in the water.

I miss these ladies :-(

On Monday night, I swam with Felipe and Jess (Courtney and Chuck, we missed you!!), and boy, did that practice kick my butt! After a 600 warm up, and an 8 x 100 pull set, we got down to business and did 4 x 300. Each 300 was 100 FAST, 100 settle, 100 FAST. That set certainly got my heart pumpin’. And if that wasn’t enough, we did 5 x 100 on the 2:00–> Lots of rest = GO HARD. That was more fast swimming then I had done in awhile, and it hurt so good!

It was also one of those practices where you get home and say, “I really don’t feel like cooking dinner.” I had eaten out for lunch, and didn’t want to eat out again, so I opted to see what I could whip up with what I had on hand. I had some veggies in the fridge, and some leftover pasta sauce that I had doctored up with some garlic and wine. So I threw together some easy Polenta with veggies, topped with a fried egg for some extra protein.

Ok, so it might not look THAT appetizing, but it certainly hit the spot! And, it was ready in less than 15 minutes! Perfect post-swim dinner. :-)

Italian Polenta with Veggies (for one)

Ingredients:

1/3 cup water
1/3 cup milk
Salt (to taste)
Romano or Parmesean cheese, grated (use as much as you like)
1 clove garlic
Cornmeal (about 1/3 cup)
Pasta Sauce (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup)
a handful of spinach
a handful of mushrooms
EVOO
1 egg

How to:

Pour the milk and water together in a small saucepan with a clove of garlic. Bring it to a light boil. (I do half milk and half water, but you can do all milk or all water if you prefer). While that comes to a boil, saute the mushrooms in a little bit of olive oil. Throw in the spinach when the mushrooms are just about done, so it wilts. Then, mix the tomato sauce in with the veggies and heat through. (If you don’t want to dirty another pan, you can wait until the polenta is done, pour the polenta into your serving dish, and then use that saucepan to heat the sauce. There may be a few polena remnants, but that’s not a big deal!)

When the milk is lightly boiling, take out the garlic clove, and then pour in the cornmeal a little at a time and whisk well. It will thicken quickly if you pour too fast! When you get to the desired consistency, stir in some romano cheese, then add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

In a fying pan, fry your egg the way you like it.

In a bowl, layer the polenta, the veggies, top with an egg and sprinkle on some more cheese. Dig in!

Easy peasy!

Question of the day: What’s your easy go-to dinner?





Lime Lover’s Nachos

28 03 2012

With work being so busy, I haven’t had a ton of time to cook dinner until recently. Last week, I saw that sweet potatoes were on sale, so I immediately changed my meal plan for the week so that it would include Jessica’s Sweet Potato Cream Pasta with Crispy Kale. HOLY YUM. The sauce my friends…I wanted to bathe in it! Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures. Jessica’s are better than any I’d take anyhow!

But that dish is not what this post is about! I had some sweet potatoes left over after making that recipe, so I prepared them one of my favorite ways- with lime and cilantro! A little different, yes, but I spotted this recipe on Epicurious awhile ago, and have made them on a number of occasions since.

A little bit of lime, a little bit of cilantro, and a hint of cayenne for some heat. I love the colors too!

Wait a second Steph, the post is titled “Lime Lover’s Nachos.” Where do the nachos come in? You’re not going to put potatoes on tortilla chips, are you?

Oh yes, I went there. Probably not the most elegant dish I’ve ever made and definitely on the weird side, but it worked!

I topped my Tostito’s hint of lime tortilla chips with some refried black beans, the cilantro lime sweet potatoes, some cheese, salsa, and some plain Greek yogurt. I also purchased an avocado for my nachos, but I forgot about it when I was preparing my dinner! Whoops!

An interesting combination for sure, but it worked well!

Lime Lover’s Nachos:

Ingredients:

Hint of Lime Nachos
Cilantro Lime Sweet Potatoes
Refried black beans
cheddar cheese shreds
plain Greek yogurt
salsa
avocado
cilantro (for garnish)
and any other nacho fixins you like!

Potatoes and Tortilla Chips? Who knew you’d be such a tasty combination? Get in my belly!

Question of the day: What’s a weird food combination you’ve tried that actually works?





Thai Tofu Pizza (and a giveaway!)

14 12 2011

Do the humpty hump! It’s Wednesday! And what a better way to pick up your week than to do a giveaway?

Recently, I was contacted by NaSoya to see if I’d be interested in taking the Tofu U pledge, and commit to cooking with tofu once a week for a month. Though I’m not vegetarian, I usually don’t cook with a lot of meat, so I’m always looking for ways to get a little extra protein in my diet. To get me started, they even offered to throw in a few coupons for some free tofu. Free? I can get into that!

So, last week I started by cooking some tofu tikka masala. It wasn’t pretty, but it sure was tasty! This week, I made one of my favorite tofu recipes, Iowa Girl Eat’s Thai Tofu Pizza.

Her recipe actually won a NaSoya contest last year. Yes, it’s that good.

I put my own little spin on it, by leaving out the green onions, and throwing in some red peppers.

Look at all those fresh veggies!

You should click on over there and make this pizza with the coupon you get when you take the Tofu U pledge! :-)

Oh, and how about that giveaway? Well, NaSoya has graciously offered to give away 5 coupons for FREE Tofu (that’s your month supply, and then some!) and a NaSoya teeshirt.

So how do you win?

Mandatory:

1) Click over to NaSoya and take the Tofu U pledge. Leave me a comment to let me know you’ve pledged.

For extra entries:

2) Tweet about this giveaway with something like: “I just entered @Steph321delish‘s #giveaway for some @NaSoya FREE tofu and swag. http://bit.ly/vaOMQ1

Leave me a comment to let you know you tweeted.

3) Like NaSoya on Facebook, and leave me a comment to let me know you liked them.

You have until 10PM EST on December 15th to enter. I’ll randomly choose a winner and announce it on Friday!

Good luck!








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