Cooking on the Fly…

I really haven’t had much time to spend in the kitchen, but everyone has to eat, so I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make a meal in 15 minutes with little cleanup.

It starts the night before, I take chicken, fish or lean beef out of the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator until late afternoon the next day.  When I get home from work I throw a quick marinade in with the meat and let it marinate for about an hour or so until I have time to toss dinner together.

I slice the chicken or beef into strips, the fish I usually just cook whole, and cook it quickly in a skillet with a bit of oil.  Sliced peppers, mushrooms, onion, carrots, snow peas or other vegetables get tossed in with it and cooked along with the remaining marinade.  Everything gets served over rice, rice noodles or buttered pasta.  Full of flavor and nutrition.  One pan to clean up.

Marinade suggestions:

  1. lemon juice, pickled jalapeños and fresh ground pepper.
  2. red wine vinegar, basil, garlic and oregano
  3. apple juice, red chili pepper flakes, salt and pepper
  4. grape juice, soy sauce, garlic and a splash of wine
  5. orange juice, ginger, soy sauce, chili pepper flake

You can add marinades before you freeze the meats or at least an hour before cooking.  Try your own combinations of flavors to create new taste treats.

I’ll post more 15 minute meals as the month goes on.  When things return to a normal pace I am really looking forward to doing some baking and trying a couple of new entrées.  Until then….