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 :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

One More Meal With The Zingy Salsa

This meal is not a Jamie Oliver meal. They are Fajitas My Style and they are supurb. My husband grilled the chicken for me.
Here he is taste testing-
Chicken, peppers, onions and spices-

These are the homemade refried beans. This isn't a really great picture, but it is all I have. These were so easy I couldn't believe it. My sister has been telling me how easy these are for a long time but I thought it would be a lot more complex than it really was. I soaked the beans overnight, drained the water and refilled, then started them in the crockpot for the day. Then when it was time to make dinner I drained the liquid off saving about two cups of it and then put the beans in a large frying pan. I added a cup of the bean liquid, 1/2 cup of milk, salt and pepper, lime and chilli seasoning, and then I mashed them with a potato masher. They were great!

Kids having appetizers. Zingy salsa with chips and guacomole with chips.

We put the fajita mixture on warm tortilla's and topped with guacamole. We left out the sour cream and cheese for health reasons but they weren't missed.
This meal took more than 30 minutes as well-darn! It took about an hour but that includes the time that it took for dad to get home and grill the chicken.

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