Thursday, May 23, 2013

Super Simple Dinners: Frittata!

The best thing about frittata is that you can put whatever you want in it, and it almost always comes out delicious.

I mentioned before that my sister had the brilliancy to make a "menu" for the week....I did that this week, and "Frittata" was one of the meals on my list.  I decided to leave some wiggle room on the type of Frittata, and when I went to the market I bought a ham steak, asparagus, and goat cheese.  I L-O-V-E goat cheese, by the way.

So how did I make said Frittata?  It's so simple!!

The Ingredients
1 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 8-oz Ham Steak, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 bunch of Asparagus, chopped into about 1" segments
1 large Potato (or 2, however much you want), chopped
8 whole eggs
6 egg whites
salt and pepper, to taste
2-4 oz semi-soft Goat Cheese

The Method
  • Chop the onion and ham into small pieces and saute in olive oil in a large skillet (I used a 12-inch skillet).  Make sure whatever skillet you use is large enough to hold all the ingredients, and is oven-safe
  • Meanwhile, blanch the asparagus in water in another pan.  This helps so that you're not adding raw asparagus into the cooked onions/ham.
  • Chop the potato and add to the onions/ham (I actually used a baked potato that was left over from some take-out over the weekend.  It was baked, and refrigerated.  So I peeled the skin off, and chopped it up and threw it into the mix.  This made it super easy and quick, since all I needed to do was heat it through because it was already cooked!)
  • Add the cooked asparagus, and season with salt and pepper
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, egg whites, and a splash of milk.  Add this into the ham/asparagus mix.  Mix everything together
  • Cut the goat cheese into small chunks and sprinkle on the top of the egg mixture.  I only put cheese on half of mine, because I wasn't sure if my husband would like it (which he did), so I only used 2 oz...
  • Bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes until the center is cooked and firm!
  • Cook for a few minutes, cook, and serve!!

Seriously!  It's the most delicious thing ever!!!


Monday, May 6, 2013

Super Simple Dinners: Chicken Caesar Salad

For the past two weeks, I've been in NJ for work.  Overall, it wasn't a fun trip, but did result in 2 visits to my sister's...Which was fun.  The first visit, it was just the two of us, and we had a lot of laughs over dinner and a bottle of wine.  The second visit, Timur (her husband) was home and the three of us had a great dinner and wine.

While I was on my 2nd visit, I helped my sister prepare dinner and noticed something on the refrigerator....Something that I decided I was going to adopt as a habit.  It was a weekly meal list.  The simple act of writing out what is for dinner each night of the week can really make life so simple.  Basically, they decide what they're going to have for dinner over the weekend, and then go to the market on Sunday to buy needed ingredients for the week.

It's the simplest thing - but it takes the guess work out of dinner time...It also takes care of the "I'd really like to make X but I'm missing 3 ingredients."  

So Stephanie...You're a genius.  Just don't let it go to your head.  :o)

So one of the meals on my sister's list was Chicken Caesar Salad.  I got so excited when I saw this because she made it for me once before and I fell in love with it.  She gave me the recipe, but I still haven't made it yet...But I WILL be making it this week!

So here it is!!  (from

11 cup romaine lettuce 
1 cup red bell pepper
3 Tbsp olive oil 
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
2 tsp Dijon mustard 
1/4 tsp sugar 
1/4 tsp table salt 
1/4 tsp black pepper 
1 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s) 
1 1/2 cup(s) plain croutons 
1/2 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese 
2 pound(s) roasted skinless chicken breast

Remove chicken from bones and shred with 2 forks to measure 3 cups meat. 

Combine chicken, lettuce, and bell pepper in a large bowl. 

For vinaigrette: combine oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, sugar, salt, pepper, and garlic in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. 

Pour over salad. Toss well, sprinkle with croutons and cheese, and toss gently to combine.