Friday, October 1, 2010

Another ‘Quick and Easy’ – Spa Cuisine?

Happy Friday friends!  What are you excited for this weekend?  Me, putting my house back together.  We have tile, and the workers should finish up this morning with the grout and we can start using the kitchen and Great room again.  I’m also excited to get my 11 mile run over with so I don’t have to keep thinking about it in anticipation. 

This is the meal we had the other night that falls under my ‘Quick and Easy’ meals.  I had a beautiful spaghetti squash and really not much else in the fresh vegetable department, save for a few grape tomatoes.  Looking through the freezer, I remembered the bag of frozen seafood blend that I had picked up at Trader Joe’s.  It includes bay scallops, shrimp, and calamari rings.  Inspiration hit and I decided to saute some onion in a bit of white wine and olive oil.  I threw in some capers for saltiness, and when the onion was translucent, I added the thawed seafood blend.  For extra measure flavor, add a couple of Original Laughing Cow wedges.  Remove from heat as soon as the shrimp turns pink and add halved grape tomatoes and a few sprigs of fresh chives.  (optional salt and pepper)  This was seriously good!  The seafood was fresh and perfectly cooked (aka the calamari weren’t rubbery.)  I liked the briny, saltiness the capers added to the seafood.   Don’t skip the cheese, the creaminess is a welcome addition to the lightness of the rest of the meal, and any cheese you have on hand would work.  To keep it quick, I cheated and used the microwave to cook the spaghetti squash.  Start to finish, I think this was exactly 10 minutes.  Faster than the drive thru and tastier than Lean Cuisine.  I like to think of my version as ‘Spa Cuisine.’  Sorta gourmet-ish, light, and celebrated with a glass of vino!

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Oh, and very important to sip on some of the white wine to make sure it’s ok for your recipe. 

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CONFESSION FRIDAY!

Every Friday, a local radio station has listeners call in with “confessions.”  Usually something like sleeping with someone at work, cheating on an exam, or lying to a friend, etc.  While I don’t condone those kind of activities, I thought it might be fun to institute a food blogger confession every Friday.  Keeping it clean people!

My confession this week is that I have become completely obsessed with Honeycrisp apples.  Hoarding them at every grocery store, eating 2 a day, and sometimes hiding them from my husband.  Do I have a problem?  I’m limiting myself to only have 2 per day.  I know, I know, it could be worse, but look at the size of these babies…

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So, I have a lot of other worse diet type confessions, but I’ll save those for another day…another Friday! 

What is your current food obsession or confession?

5 comments:

  1. That is one giant honeycrisp!! I love your spa cuisine! Have a great weekend!

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  2. Oooh, confession: I'm engaged! (I haven't shared yet on the blog...I think next week!!)
    That is kind of a confession, right?
    I LOVE the idea of your spa meal - amazing!

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  3. Food confession: I am newly obsessed with anything pumpkin. I might turn orange.

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  4. I LOVe HoneyCrisps too!! They are delicious:)
    I also love spaghetti sqash...I made some this week with a peanut sauce....YUM!

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  5. I just bought a big honey crisp that I plan to bake asap! They are gigantic and I love it. I have been eating lots of Medjool dates and walnuts. I just love the combination of flavors and textures. It doesn't matter the time of day I just go at 'em! That looks like a fantastic meal :) I have to say, I've always been WAY WAY WAY intimidated by calamari. I order it at restaurants but never have made it on my own. Looks great--good choice of wine :) Hope you had a great weekend :)

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