Mad Scientist at Work…

Japanese BeefEveryone has that friend – the one who might be just a little bit crazy? Well for me, that friend is James. And he’s commonly referred to as the Mad Scientist of the group, for his random thoughts that he puts into action. This time around, he was sent a photo from a friend of his of some delicious looking concoction, and he said, let’s make that! Well, the deliciousness you see above is what the result was! At the top, is a mix of baby bell peppers, onions and garlic with spice and a little bit of apple cider vinegar. The middle is a chuck roast, cut thin, seared and broiled after being marinated with spices, garlic, red wine and a spicy pepper oil. A simple coleslaw is at the bottom and at the bottom on the right is a shitake onion blend that was tangy and delicious. I would offer the recipe, but to be honest – I was more of a sous chef than having anything to do with the actual preparation. In the end – this didn’t really look like the dish that was the inspiration, but it was still ridiculously delicious! 

On a side note, have you ever seen those infomercials where they so very much over react that you just look at them and shake your head in disbelief? I saw one of those today, for this new bag that “bakes” potatoes in your microwave in just four minutes! Because 45 minutes in the oven is just too much. This is not the first mini infomercial that I’ve seen that drove me nuts. What are your thoughts?

 

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Catching Up

Goodness it’s been a long week! Job hunting, working on Christmas shopping, taking care of two new kittens. I’ve been crashing into bed every night completely exhausted, and I’m still not getting everything done that I want to.

But! I did make some pretty tasty stuff this week that I thought I would share with you all. (Healthy stuff!)

Let me just say, if you’re trying to eat healthier, do yourself a favor and invest in a George Foreman Grill. You can get them at Wal-Mart or off Amazon, even at Kohl’s, Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond. If you get the opportunity, find one with removable grill plates, because it’s a lot easier to clean. But! I digress.

The GFG makes cooking healthy stuff super easy. I made chicken on it, that was rubbed with a blend of garlicky spices, and it was moist and juicy and delicious. It’s even better when you pair it with some veggies you made in the microwave in a Ziploc Steam Fresh Bag. Oh yeah, and did I mention it takes a grand total of maybe 30 minutes to make an awesome meal?? If you’re like me and have a hunny that isn’t always home for dinner, you can make two chicken breasts and refrigerate the other one to use later in the week. 30 minutes AND you cut your cook time for another meal in half! You’ll thank me later.

I sound like an info-mercial right now, don’t I? Oh well, totally worth it.

The other pretty awesome thing that I made this week (on my GFG I might add!), were burgers! Homemade burgers! Not the kind that you open up a bag from the freezer. No. Put ground beef in a bowl and get to seasoning! I’ve found that spicy mustard and worcestershire with garlic and little bits of onions make some killer burgers. And then, I stacked it to the sky with cheddar and pepperjack cheese, tomato, lettuce, avocado, bacon, and saute’ed onions and bella mushrooms. I’m pretty sure my hunny didn’t even breathe while consuming his burger in 10 seconds flat.

Oh yeah, and I made coleslaw to go on the side! That was healthy too. It came from my “Eat What You Love” book. I’ve talked about that one before too. In my berry coffee cake post. Delicious.

So the moral of the story is, that if you’re trying to eat healthier, you have to commit, and there is no rule that says your food can’t still be scrumptious.