Supper In a Flash!

Feed daily!

Sometimes, despite best laid plans, we get out of our routine of good habits – such as meal planning or writing a weekly (or monthly – who are these people?!) menu.

When this happens, as it has for me recently, I am forever grateful for my imagination, creativity, enthusiasm, the ability to make something from (practically) nothing, and a good collection of meal ideas to fall back on.

Here are a couple of good “go to” recipes that can be made quickly and inexpensively, which, to me, is a great bonus!

 

Oven Baked Chicken Legs

Package of plump delicious chicken legs

Drizzle of olive oil (I use EVOO)

Seasoning (Applied in the following order)(Or not)(Whatevs.)(I’m breezy!)

Freshly cracked black pepper

Kosher salt (pinch)

Seasoning salt

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Cayenne

Oregano

Parmesan

Arrange the chicken legs on a sheet pan covered in aluminum foil. Drizzle EVOO over the chicken. Begin layering your flavours. I eyeball this process according to the spice level my family desires. I sprinkle from on high so the spices kind of snow down over the sheet pan. I find this allows me to control the spices better and I never get a giant clump of cayenne or a gob of garlic. Next I take my tongs and just flip the legs over and back to sort of evenly coat them with the EVOO and seasoning. It isn’t an exact science and I am sure it will be fine whether you do this or not. Go ahead! Give it a try!

375 degree oven 40 minutes (or until done).

 

 

Oven Fried Rice*

2 c Uncle Ben’s Converted Long  Grain Rice

2 c water

1 pkg.  onion soup mix

1/2  c. oil

2  tbsp. soya sauce (I use gluten free)

I add a red pepper that has been diced because it makes it scrumptious and any time I can add a veggie, well, I do! I think it would be so pretty to add red and green (Christmas!) or several different colours to assist in the whole “eat the rainbow” quest.

Bake for one hour at 350 degree oven with cover on.

After first half hour of cooking, remove the cover and stir. Replace cover** and continue baking until done.

 

Take them out and cover to keep warm – or if you are lucky enough to have two ovens you can cook both things at once, keep the chicken warm, and well aren’t you the fancy schmancy Martha Stewart-y type? What the heck are you doing here reading my silly blog? Surely you have a Regatta Gala or some other fabulous event to attend tonight? No? Taking a break from being a Socialite? Okay. Cool! Hi!

 

What are your “go to” oh-no-is-that-the-time meals?

What kinds of things can you whip up in a flash that will feed your family and make them happy at the same time?

Feel free to share in the comments.

Bon appetit!

 

 

*We call this “Nanny Rice” at Chez Peady. Feel free to adopt this habit.

**I use an enamel roaster with a lid and I find a lot of moisture escapes. To accommodate this fact, I tend to add about a 1/2 c extra water. I feel that an awesome Dutch Oven would contain the moisture better, so if you have one***, try it and let me know how it goes.

***Dear Santa, LeCreuset. That is all****.

****Well, that and a goat.

Source: http://literarywinner.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Why-do-they-want-dinner-EVERY-night.jpg (Sometimes you just have to share the love with a stranger blogger.)

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo

Today is Cinco de Mayo and at Chez Peady, this celebration of Mexican heritage, originating with The Battle of Puebla*, also kicks off “Tex-Mex Week”.

It is a favourite tradition of Thing 1 and Thing 2 and we look forward to it all year long.

We have a fairly varied diet and, since I regularly meal plan, there’s a lot of opportunity to try new food and taste yummy things from a variety of cultures.

Hands down? Mexican food and Tex-Mex win!

You already know we have Taco Tuesday in regular rotation (read: every single week until the end of time), but you might be interested to know that we also throw lots of different Mexican (or Tex-Mex) meals into the mix every now and then, too.

Right now, my main concern is that *you* might not celebrate Cinco de Mayo (or even know what it is!) and worse, that you might not have dinner plans for today!

I simply can’t have that! (Controlling, wot?)

So, though I will elaborate later tonight and throughout the week, my mission is clear.

YOU need a “Tex-Mex Week” menu.

I have a “Tex-Mex Week” menu**. Convenient, eh?

There’s no better day to share it than on Cinco de Mayo!

Tex-Mex Week Menu

Ta da! Olé!

 

Fajitas are on the menu and you can totally wing it. Chicken or beef or veggie. The choice is yours.

It’s Monday! It’s Cinco de Mayo! There’s no time like the present.

Now, go!

¡Rápido!

 

I hope you are having a lovely Monday and that, no matter what the weather is outside, you have found a bit of sunshine in your day. I think that Margarita Monday**** should be a thing – especially when it is also Cinco de Mayo! What do you think?

Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Do you meal plan? What’s for dinner? Do you enjoy frozen concoctions?

If you make any version of the meals on this menu, please come back and share what you made and how it turned out.

 

*You didn’t think it was Mexican Independence Day, did you? Oh dear! Nope. “Diez y Seis de Septiembre” is September 16 and is a beautiful celebration!

**Full disclosure: This is last year’s “Tex-Mex Week” menu. The Things voted to keep the same one. I took the photo today after I taped it up in my kitchen.

***This awesome sparkly graphic came from here.

****OMG-O-S-H! I really want a Margarita now because this post vanished! *tears* Thank goodness I have a live-in IT department, who is still the nicest boy I know and one heck of a brilliant person!