Super Fast Dinner for Moi

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My kids and I didn’t return from a playdate until 6:45 p.m. and since I forgot to leave a note for Fitbomb (or check my numerous text pages from him as to where we were), he ate some leftovers when he got home early.  

Hey!  Where’s my meal?

Luckily, I had already planned ahead, ahem, for feeding both of us.  Before leaving for the playdate, I washed some Mei Quin Choy and left it in the colander.  I dug around in the fridge and found some old cremini mushrooms that I washed and quartered. Then, I drizzled the ‘shrooms with extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper stuck them on a foil lined tray in my preheated toaster oven (400 F).  After around 20 minutes, the mushrooms were nicely roasted (I stirred them around a few times during the roasting).  I removed the mushrooms from the toaster oven, wrapped the foil around them, and got the kids ready to leave the house.

When I returned home, I heated some coconut oil in the frying pan on medium-high and tossed in the choy.  I added some salt and pepper and stir fried them for a few minutes and then put on the lid and lowered the heat to low.  I didn’t add any additional liquid and I let it steam-saute for around 5 minutes.  There was plenty of flavor from the coconut oil, salt, and pepper so I didn’t feel the need to add any soy sauce, tamari, or oyster sauce.

Then, I sliced some leftover sous vide tri tip, and plated it up the choy and mushrooms.  Voila!

Dinner on Flip Day

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Okay, peeps, I’m fricking tired tonight.  Today’s my “flip day” so I gotta switch from working night shift (I got off this morning) to full time mommy.  Man, I’m a cranky mommy every other Wednesday.  Well, crankier than normal.  It doesn’t help that I stopped eating at 4:00 a.m. and only napped from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  And I had to go to the doctor’s to get my labs done, go grocery shopping, take my kid to kung fu, and make dinner.  

So what did I serve for dinner?  Sous vide tri-tip, stove-top braised cabbage and onions, and balsamic marinated bell peppers.  And I did it all in less than 30 minutes.  Word.

Here’s how I tackled dinner:

I knew I had leftover sous vide chicken in the fridge but I also had a tri-tip I had seasoned and vacuumed packed on Sunday.  I decided to cook off the tri-tip because 1.)  I’d have more leftovers  and 2.) it would spoil if I didn’t cook it off already.  Before I took my nap, I filled my SousVide Supreme and preheated it to 136 F.  When the sucker finally came up to temp, I plopped in my prepared trip-tip which I had seasoned with fennel and salt with organic fennel pollen and freshly ground pepper.

When it was dinnertime, I pulled the tri-tip out of its bath (~8 hours in the SousVide Supreme), took it out of the bag, dried it with paper towels, and seared it off in ghee in my super-hot cast iron skillet.

Then, I rummaged through my fridge to figure out what I’d serve on the side.  I found a cabbage, which I promptly chopped up.  Then, I sliced up an onion.  That’s all I wanted to do tonight in terms of prep work.  I heated up a skillet on medium, threw in 2 tablespoons of butter, and sauteed the onions.  I added the cabbage once the onions were wilted and added 1/4 cup of chicken broth and seasoned everything with salt and pepper.  I covered the pan with a lid and lowered the heat to low to soften the cabbage.  After 5-10 minutes, I tasted it and added a few dashes of Trader Joe’s 21 seasoning salute and then splashed in a tablespoon of sherry vinegar when I took the pan off the heat.

Since I normally like to serve two vegetable sides with my meat, I dug out some marinated roasted bell peppers I already had in my fridge.  Then, I sliced up the tri-tip and plated our dinner.