I hadn't any plans for dinner and very few ingredients last night and so this is what I produced...
It was amazingly good. I heated olive oil and some oil from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes in a pan and added garlic and finely chopped fresh rosemary. I then added 2 TBS of thick pesto sauce and 6 chopped sun-dried tomatoes. I sauteed that for a few minutes and then added the raw frozen shrimp and toasted pine nuts. I was boiling penne pasta while making the sauce. While that was cooking I threw together a simple salad of rocket and watercress and some veggies. Then I added some cream to the sauce and grated some parmesan cheese over the top. Since the sauce was so fattening I used it very sparingly over the pasta so it wouldn't be too heavy. It was creamy, full of flavor, and it disappeared very quickly. My whole family loved the food and the big G' said the only problem was he didn't get enough :)
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 :)