Monday, May 19, 2008

Girl, get your act together and cook!

That's what I kept on repeating to myself on the way back from the grocery store. Lately, I have been quite unmotivated to cook, and am quite tired of throwing my groceries away. So, today after work I had a plan: buy fresh produce and create a few dinner and lunches that would incorporate the new "stuff" as well as the groceries I already had at home.

1) Make a quick marinade for steak by processing together a few garlic cloves, some parsley and adding salt, pepper, a bit of lemon juice and vinegar. Keep it all in the fridge for 40 min or longer (depending on how much time you have). Cook the meat for a few minutes on each side. Confession: I had to cook the meat a bit longer after slicing it for the picture: too much blood!

2) Make mashed potatoes with Idaho potatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper and a bit of Monterey Jack cheese (no butter or milk!). Tip: it is a lot faster to make these if you simply cut the potatoes into large chunks without pealing them, and boil them in salted water with a few garlic cloves and some parsley stocks for flavor (notice that I use the same flavor in both "components" of the meal). After potatoes are cooked, it's super easy to peal them, and them mash with the garlic, oil, etc (leave the parsley out though unless you want to add some fresh parsley).

3) Saute mushrooms with red onion in some butter. Once the mushrooms are almost perfectly cooked, add some balsamic vinegar. Tip: for quicker meals, buy already pre-sliced mushrooms!

4) Salad: just lettuce and Annie's Naturals Goddess Dressing (Thanks, Paige!).

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