How This Started and My Hope For This Experiment

My Husband and I are both big fans of Jamie Oliver. For Christmas I bought him Jamie's cookbook "Jamie's 30 Minute Meals: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast". As I read the preface of his cookbook I was inspired by his ideas. He felt that he was spending too much time cooking during the busy week and doing too much clean up. So he decided that for the week night meals there needed to be something quick and still healthy and yummy. He and his team did a lot of work and made the "30 Minute Meals". He has explicit directions for step by step getting the meal done in 30 min. He tells you what to do first, second, and third so that you have all dishes going at the same time, instead of making it dish by dish. Since we aren't doing once a month cooking right now I was captured by this idea and dying to start trying. I have been spending way too much time in the kitchen during the week and can't wait to be able to prepare good meals fast. My husband was all for it since he loves to eat great food and has a very particular palette. He will be making some of the meals on weekends when he isn't working because, this is after all, his cookbook :)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ideas For Breakfast:

I have several Jamie posts coming soon but in the mean time here is a oldie but goodie breakfast idea. Last night I was in charge of making some delicious rice that would complement the spicy grilled shrimp and vegetables my husband was making. The shrimp and vegetable marinade was a combination of cayenne, lemon, cinnamon chilies etc... SO, I used the juice from a lemon, the juice from an orange some butter, cinnamon, and some zest of orange to make it pretty. I started to add a little spice but decided not to in favor of using the leftovers for breakfast the next morning. So this morning I took the leftover rice put it in bowels added milk and sprinkled a little sugar on top. Microwaved it and then sprinkled a little nutmeg and more cinnamon on top with a little more orange zest. The kids saw what I was doing and complained and one said "I'm fasting! and walked out of the room". Another one complained but tried it and brought the other back in by his gesticulations of "Oh wow! This is SO good. Can I have more?"

All three loved it and it is quite filling and healthy if made with brown rice and very little sugar.

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