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tuesday meal (again) #4

"before"

i’m thinking of changing the title of monday meals to weekly meals. haha  i always seem to have something going on, on mondays!  last night was not an exception- i worked the dreaded overnight shift at work….and it was ok.  i was however feeling like i was drunk for the first hour after waking up at 2pm today, but that’s cool.

today’s meal is according to the kraft website,  budget wi$e.  and for the most part it was.  again, i chose an easy recipe.

oh wait- i’m watching the office, and the one where dwight creates a  fake fire is on- who has seen it? for reals it’s the funniest thing on tv i’ve ever seen!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9snplN0ZITs&feature=related

ok, i digress. back to the meal!

i decided to do a foil pack meal… where you basically throw everything in a foil pack, and bake it in the oven.  never done one before, and thought it looked neat.  i will link the recipe below in case you want to attempt it yourself as well.

http://www.kraftcanada.com/en/recipes/recipedetail.aspx?recipe_id=88764

it’s basically chicken, rice, artichoke, tomatoes, pesto, and italian dressing.  honestly, it was mega easy.  you really just throw the rice, chicken, artichoke, and tomatoes into a foil piece for each serving, and combing the dressing and pesto, and pour it onto each serving.  that my friends didn’t look appetizing, but what raw food does?  am i right?

"during"

once it’s all in the pack, you fold it up, leaving room for “circulation”?!, then 35 minutes later you take it out of the oven.

OH- i almost forgot!  i found that i have learned something from making these weekly meals- never over fill whatever you are making!  when i started wrapping up the first pack, i realized it was too full, and it started leaking everywhere.  instead of just dabbing it up, and cooking anyways, i repacked it so it wouldn’t F-up the oven again.  yea to learning something this week! 😛

booya.  dinner done.

conclusion:   tastes pretty good.  the clean up was definitely easy, as there were really no dishes to clean up.  it did taste a little tangy almost, which could have come from a number of ingredients- the pesto, the artichokes, or the fact that the tomatoes were marinated in garlic.  over all great, but i think i would go with another kind of flavour next time.

"after"

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monday/tuesday meal #3

what it SHOULD look like

there’s a reason they create recipes.  i think it must be so the people who don’t know how to cook, can actually create something somewhat edible.  right?

i learned 2 major things from attempting this week’s meal- 1. try to follow the recipe.  if they say melt the cheese, THEN add in other mixture, there’s probably a reason for it, and 2. cheese sauce is hard to make.

for this week’s meal I chose to do a kraft cooking with philly recipe!  “Creamy PHILLY pesto chicken”, with baked green beans.  Again, not a lot of ingredients, not a huge cook time, so it looked pretty easy.  and essentially it was.

http://www.cookingwithphilly.ca/philadelphia2/page?PagecRef=609&currpage=1&rid=15948

you take your chicken, and you cook it up in a frying pan until done.  easy.

next you are supposed to take the cream cheese and cook it on medium heat until melted.  surprisingly enough, it takes a little while for it to actually melt.  first it got kind of gloopy, and it stuck to my spoon quite a bit.  i got tired of waiting for the cream cheese to melt, so i threw in the next ingredients right away.  and so the not following the recipe begins.

gloopy grossness

i added the pesto, and broth all together with the clumpy cheese, and stirred.  i stopped stirring a couple of times to talk to matt, and to take pictures, and realized i should have been whisking instead of stirring.  does it make a difference i wondered?  who knows.  i do know however, that it wasn’t really a sauce as much as it was a clumpy stew-like mess.  realizing it wasn’t really as saucy as it should be, i added more broth.  did that help?  not really.  it evaporated pretty quickly…and i swear i had it on low- not even medium!

anyways, let’s talk about the green beans.  they were super easy.  like really really easy.  and for this, i didn’t follow a recipe at all, i just threw them in a dish, put some oil on them, seasoning, lemon juice, then baked them for a half hour or so.  they turned out really good.  oh, i also sprinkled some bread crumbs on the top hoping to add a bit of a crunchy crust, but i didn’t put enough on it.  they turned out really well anyways!

mmmmmm

so, chicken with clumpy cheese topping, and baked green beans in oil, seasoning and lemon juice.  great tuesday meal if i do say so myself! 🙂

how it turned out!

whisk count for tuesday/monday meals: 2 recipes so far! 😛 (that count is for you lyndsay!)

and don’t worry laura- i haven’t forgotten about the recipe  you sent me! can’t wait to try it!

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