Posts Tagged ‘easy meals’

Simple Suppers – Heavenly Chalupa Creations and Spending Time With My Peeps

In honor of my mom’s 68th birthday and the chalupa-feast dinner we had for her, here’s a blast from the past post from 2011. Enjoy and God bless!

Christ-following Minimalist

Chalupas…

Easy

Yummy

Taco meat goodness

“nuff said

Ingredients:

  • Ready made tostada shells (I used the baked ones and–oddly–they were fabulous.)
  • Taco Meat (ground meat with taco seasoning. Just follow the directions on the spice packet, and you are good to go.)
  • Refried beans (Make your own or buy them in a can–Seriously. Black beans would have been amazing on this!)
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheese of your choice
  • Chives, onions, black olives, salsa, cilantro, or anything else you’d like to savor on your chalupa.

Simple Suppers come from the idea that we like great food, simple recipes, and little prep time. This is one of my favorite Simple Suppers. With chalupa shell in hand, I was an artist with a little round canvas smearing and building and concocting combinations. Plus, my mom and hubby were there creating, too. Family bonding. I loved it! Create chalupa combinations and bring out…

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Simple Suppers – Walk-away Flattened Chicken

Hey, Simple Supper Enthusiasts!

Tonight’s Simple Supper is the easiest brick chicken around. You simply shove it in a skillet, stack some stuff on top of it and walk away. Just the way I like to cook! This isn’t a fast dish, but it’s yummy, EASY, and makes enough for leftovers for lunch at work the next day.

Here ya go!

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: about 1.5 hours (depends on the size of the chicken)

Ingredients:

  • 1 small chicken (around 4 pounds)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Any extra seasonings you prefer – I used fresh rosemary

Step 1: Preheat your skillet on medium heat while you prepare your chicken.

Step 2: Clean the chicken thoroughly making sure you remove all the gizzards and goodies from inside the body cavity. (That’s sounds so gross.)

Step 3: Cut the back bone completely out.  Then, flatten the chicken breast side down by unfolding it out and pressing down on each side.

Step 4: Flip the chicken over and pour olive oil all over it like you’d slather yourself with sunscreen on the beach in Bermuda. Use A LOT! Sprinkle on salt and pepper to taste and rub everything in. This is the time to add any extra herbs and spices you like.

Walk-away Flattened Chicken - Add sprigs of rosemary or your favorite herb under the skin for extra loveliness.

Step 5: Add olive oil to your heated skillet and make sure it is thoroughly coated. Place the chicken in the skillet breast side down as shown below. Coat the side that is now facing up with olive oil if you haven’t done so already during your stint on the beach in Bermuda. Oddly, the photo below kinda looks like me on the beach in Bermuda. LOL

Walk-away Flattened Chicken in the skillet

Step 6: Place a piece of aluminum foil over the chicken and start stacking! We used another skillet with our comal on top for added weight. A clean brick inside the skillet does the trick, too.

Stack'em high!

Step 7:

Go watch TV. Read a book. Blog. Bake a cake for dessert. Come back and flip the chicken over in 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Cooking time varies depending on the size of your bird. We cooked ours for about an hour and a half.

Step 8:

Enjoy the juiciest chicken you will ever eat!

Walk-away Flattened Chicken - YUM!

From my minimalist kitchen to yours…

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

Simple Suppers – Salmon Croquettes with Black Bean Smash

Salmon Croquettes and Black Bean Smash

Hello, my fellow minimalists! Tonight’s meal is what I lovingly refer to as a “What do we have on the shelf?” creation.

A few days ago, a friend of ours brought over two cans of salmon under the premise of “We’ll never eat this at our house. Do y’all want it?”

Well, of course I do! Free…ummm…complimentary food is one of my favorite minimalist activities. So, in honor of free-food lovers everywhere, enjoy.

Salmon Croquettes with Black Bean Smash

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of salmon (14.75 oz. cans)
  • 2 eggs
  • Onion or dried minced onion
  • chives
  • flour
  • Olive Oil

Black Bean Smash:

  • 1 can of black beans
  • garlic
  • Olive Oil

First: Please note that when you receive a can of salmon, you will get her hands dirty. I’ve seen it on TV where they literally use the whole can, but have you seen what is in that can? Let me show you:

Skin and bones and vertebra, oh my!

Pour the cans gently into a shallow plate. Let me reinterate gently. My mom plopped the can-shaped blob of salmon in the pie plate, and I received a salmon juice shower. I was very popular with our dogs after that.

It really doesn’t take long to go through the fish. I pull off the skin, anything that I feel I don’t want to eat, and the bones. The bones are very soft, so if you get one, you probably won’t even notice so don’t worry.

Pet lovers: When you are finished cleaning the salmon, mush up the “leftovers” to crush up all of the little bones and give it to your favorite four-legged pal. They will love you for it! And, have a shiny coat, too.

After washing your hands, grab a plate and put about a 1/2 cup of flour on it. Save this for later to coat your croquettes.

Also, pour 1/2 inch of cooking oil/Olive Oil/your favorite oil in a deep-sided skillet and heat over medium heat while you get the patties ready.

Add 2 eggs, onion, chives, salt and pepper

While your oil is heating: With a fork, flake up the salmon. Then add two eggs, 1/2 teaspoon of dried onion flakes or as much fresh onion as you’d like. Like I said, this is my “What do we have on the shelf?” meal. Our onion was flimsy and no longer smelled like an onion, so I opted for the dried variety.

I also added fresh chives to ours since we had some growing. Other great additions would be parsley(dried or fresh), bell peppers in your favorite color, jalepenos, etc…

Add salt and pepper, and now, after rolling up your shirt sleeves, get your hands in their and mix, mix, mix!

Now, with your already dirty hands, make cute little patties and coat them in the flour that you prepared earlier.

Coat each patty lightly in flour before frying.

When your oil is ready to go, place your patties in the skillet and cook on each side for about 4 minutes. ***DO NOT MESS WITH THEM WHILE THEY ARE COOKING.*** Leave them alone and flip ONE TIME. Unless you like fried salmon flakes when your patties fall apart. Then have at it. Woo. Sorry. I am serious about my salmon croquettes.

Remove and set on a paper towel to absorb the oil.

2 cans = 9 croquettes

If you are a sufficient multi-tasker, while you are frying your croquettes, get out a can of your favorite beans. I chose black beans, but Great Northern Beans are my other favorite option for this recipe. SO EASY!

Put about a tablespoon of olive oil in a small frying pan. Put in some fresh garlic and lightly brown it. Drain the excess liquid off of the beans and pour them in the frying pan. With your favorite cooking spoon (I know you have one.) start smashin’, people! And, as your beans warm up, smash, smash, smash! This is your chance to feel all chef-like. Go crazy! When they are the consistency you like, stop smashing. Simple. And, it takes about five minutes.

Black Bean Smash with Chives

For our veggie, I added a salad with feta cheese crumbles. We always have lettuce and tomato on hand. A salad is always easy and a colorful addition to any meal. Since I had to have a balanced meal, I added a salad as my veggie to appease mom. 🙂 Hi, mom!

This meal has so many variations, and can totally be created by items in your pantry if needed. Remember:

Cooking is art. And, this is your masterpiece.

Create away!

Don’t forget to recycle your cans!

God bless and happy eating!

~Bohemian Christian Chelle