Sunday, March 18, 2007

The big salad

Remember that Seinfeld episode? I love Seinfeld. I've just recently rediscovered its hilarity after having my brain over-saturated with its nothingness through reruns for several years. This post has absolutely nothing to do with Seinfeld other than the fact that I chose to name the post after an episode. The post does have something to do with salad. Specifically, the oh-so-yummy salads that M and I just devoured for dinner. Nothing particularly special about them except that I made the croutons. They were delish and added a perfect touch of saltiness. The salad part of the salad was baby spinach tossed in organic balsamic vinaigrette, diced apple, and sliced chicken breasts. I meant to throw in some almonds, but I forgot until now. Didn't need them, though. The croutons were easy. I had the ends of a loaf of bread leftover after making BLTs (TBST'S, technically: turkey bacon, spinach, and tomato) at lunchtime. As I was about to throw them out, I remembered that I was planning on salads for dinner, so I decided to try out the homemade crouton thing. I cut the bread into 1-1/2 inch cubes and toasted them in a skillet with a generous drizzle of olive oil. When they were nice and toasty, I tossed them in a bowl with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. They were awesome and made a mundane salad great. I'm going to start making croutons with all of my leftover bread. Yum yum.

In other recipe news, I made one of our regulars Friday night: fried rice. After having made it myself, I can't imagine enjoying the peas-and-carrots laden junk they feed you with takeout. Here's the recipe:

FRIED RICE

4C cooked brown rice
1 bell pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
2 eggs, beaten
2T low sodium soy sauce
Olive oil

Coat the bottom of a chef's pan with olive oil. Heat the oil over medium-high and add the rice. Cook until oil is absorbed (not long). Push the rice to one side of the pan. Add the peppers and onions and cook to crisp-tender. Mix into the rice. Add the soy sauce and mix well. Push all to the side of the pan. Add the egg and scramble. Mix everything together, and voila!!

The recipe makes a lot, but M eats until its gone, so we rarely have leftovers.

That's it from here for the weekend.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Mmmm... that sounds good. I'm definitely going to try that. Always good to add a new staple to the mental list of quick dinner ideas. Thanks!