One of my biggest faults...I get bored very easily...routine is not my style and I especially get bored with eating the same foods. So I don't! I mix them up and try new things. My family never complained so I'm guessing they were ok with it. At least they were always thankful for a hot homecooked meal. This has also been a blessing because we have enjoyed many different foods and combination of foods.
My recent experiment was with ravioli. If you've followed me you know I like to shop at Aldi's. They are the brother of Trader Joes. It is a no-frills shopping experience. Quick, Easy and Inexpensive! Another reason I like them is if you take time to look around you'll see interesting foods, some have become a staple in my cupboard. Anyway, I rarely look at frozen foods because I like to cook from fresh, however, one-day last week I saw a gorgonzola and pear ravioli and thought huh...different foods I like, but I'm not a fan of sweet foods, like sweet and sour sauce. But I do like cheese and my husband likes pears a lot so I thought what the heck and brought it home.
I had some leftover chicken, asparagus, and mushrooms and decided to add those to the pasta. The only thing else I did was after cooking the pasta I added a good quality of evoo and cracked black pepper.
I made a salad with green leaf lettuce, celery and green peppers (which was what I had in the fridge) and made a lemon, garlic, and evoo vinaigrette. *See below for the recipe. We had a couple opened bottles of pinot grigio and melbec from the holidays and called it dinner.
The cost of this meal was less than $5.00 total! How!? because I use all leftovers with the exception of the pasta which was $3.49!
Anyway, between the two of us we ate half of it, so we will have one more meal from it bringing the cost down even lower than five dollars. But who's counting...
Salad dressings are one of the easiest things to whip up. Even the creamy ones with blue cheese and the berry ones. When you make your own you know what's in them and how long they have been in your fridge.
Here is one I make in less than 3 minutes.
*Lemon, garlic vinaigrette
1/4-1/2 fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 minced garlic clove
good quality extra virgin olive oil to taste
coarse ground black pepper to taste
with a tiny whisk or a fork blend until it all comes together and looks creamy. Pour over lettuce and toss until well coated.
I had a little bit left over so I poured it on the pasta just as I was serving it. I wouldn't recommend doing this if there is much left because the lemon can be overpowering for this dish.
I hope you step outside of you comfort zone this year and try some different foods or combos of food. I'll have a special offer coming soon to give you some confidence and awesome tips!
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