Movies, Laundry and another hot day that was yesterday. It was going to be its hottest right around dinner time so I woke up thinking about dinner. I got a single chicken breast half out of the freezer as soon as my feet hit the floor. By mid morning it was ready for the oven in a foil pack with nothing but salt and pepper. When it was done I let it cool removed the skin and bone then cut it into bite size pieces. I put it in the refrigerator until dinner. An hour or so before eating I put together my chicken salad and let it chill until we were ready to eat.
This is the basic recipe I used. I made a few changes. I replaced the water chestnuts with pecans, I used yogurt in place of mayo,I left out the soy sauce and lemon juice and only used the curry powder.
When Bill saw me mixing every thing together he says I don't want my bread toasted. I just smiled and said okay. Thinking to my self How long have we been married? I am willing to bet you already know I was not making chicken salad sandwiches.
Once all my ingredients were good and chilled I put them together. I topped off my little creation with garlic croutons I had chopped into crumbs and then I served dinner.
Tuesday! what can I say about Tuesday,I can say what a perfect day I didn't even notice it was hot out. That is until I got home and remembered I had to fix dinner. I took ground beef out of the freezer before I left for Wildwood with out a single idea of what I was going to make. I still didn't know when I got home. So with no inspiration and even less desire to turn on the stove I looked around for the quickest thing I could put together and pass off as dinner. I found a jar of Alfredo sauce in the cupboard as well as a bag of egg noddles,to all of that I added a bell pepper, a tomato, and onion. I chopped and diced what needed to be diced and chopped. I browned and boiled the meat and the noddles. Added the chopped and diced veggies to the meat and then added all of that to the noddles. The result was a jazzed up Stroganoff .
Dinner was filling and tasted good just not one of my favorites.
Monday nights dinner was an inspiration or an idea created from 3 different inspirations. I had all that left over pork from the roast and I wasn't sure what to do with it. Since we had burritos the night before I needed a different direction to go. My mind had been sitting on the idea of a hash all morning long. Only problem Bill is not a fan of left over meat hash. A true shame because it is a favorite dish of mine. Well I have made a hash or 2 that he really enjoyed but they always have carrot in them and I didn't have carrots on hand. Then it hits me I had just read a blog about"fried green potatoes" written by a friend of mine Lillian Russo. Basically she used spinach in her potato hash browns
So I thought spinach and pork are perfect mates.That was inspiration # 2 Inspiration # 3 came from the mixture of pork and spinach and NJ's love for pork, provolone, and broccoli rhab on a long roll.
I made my hash based on that sandwich and Lillian's fried green potatoes. It was indeed a smashing success.
So good and so easy. Pretty much I just put every thing in the pan and brown it all up. Once it was all browned I topped it with slices of Provolone and stuck it under the broiler to brown the cheese. I used the left over meat juices from the crock pot as my liquid for cooking and I preboiled my potatoes till they were almost done, making them easier to brown in the hash. A good meal any time of the year an excellent meal in the summer time. One pan and done. Easy clean up and no real need to stand over a hot stove because a hash just about cooks it self.