Bacon fat, avocado and Dijon egg salad

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if that doesn’t get your attention, I’m not sure what will. Apparently my crowning achievement in dinner preparation came last night with 30 minutes to prepare dinner and an odd assortment of ingredients on hand. Let’s be honest, it was a Thursday, usually a day we are skidding into home plate on fumes.

I had 3 hard boiled eggs, 4 raw ones, an avocado and a pack of bacon. My one tip to all, never run out of bacon. It can turn a dinner around in no time! Anyhow, I knew the quickest way to cook the bacon would be to chop it up. Through trial and error, our current bacon cooking method is on a baking sheet lined with foil, in its own fat. Mmmmm. It’s usually going at 350 in the oven so that I can get the other items in place, and then I end it with the broiler when I’m ready for it. Keep an eye out when broiling, it can quickly go south!

Once the chopped bacon was in the oven, I decided to hard boil the remaining 4 eggs. Throw (read place gently) in a pan, cover with water and put the lid on. Bring to a boil, then shut off and let sit for 12 minutes. Drain the water and run cool water over it to stop the cooking. I then quickly and painfully peeled the very hot eggs. I don’t recommend this as a normal practice, but I was desperate!

Put the now 7 boiled eggs in a bowl. Stir in 3 T Dijon mustard, 2 T lemon juice, an avocado, salt and pepper. Mash well. Then the gloriousness (aka bacon) is ready to come out of the oven. Scoop all of the bits into the bowl as well as the bacon fat. Fold in and serve!!! 

       We served this with mixed greens, pepper jack cheese and Jilz gluten-free crackers!

Weeknight Rush

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I love preparing challenging dishes with layers of flavors now that I have some cooking experience under my belt. But let’s be honest, one of the reasons so many people DON’T cook anymore is time. The others are likely money and lack of skill.

Who has time now that there are baseball practices, PTA meetings, travel for work, cello lessons, etc.?? A whole other discussion is how busy and scheduled we are, but today we are focusing on how to feed your family for less time and cheaper than takeout! What?! And it’s not a frozen pizza or popcorn for dinner.

Yesterday’s meal (and one of my favorites of late), is one dish and goes in the oven. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Even better, with foil on the pan, there’s one less dish to wash! Here we go…

Preheat your oven to 350. Grab a package of smoked sausage. We prefer Pederson’s German sweet sausage. Chop it up, I do slices of semi circles. Chop up a bunch of vegetables (even easier if this was done on Sunday prep day). Throw a variety of veggies on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the sausage over the top (that way the fat leaks out of the sausage and covers the veggies as it cooks). Place in the oven for around 30 minutes and voila! This combo included yellow onions, green pepper and radishes. We love it with broccoli or sliced green cabbage, too!

The time in the oven allows us to walk the dog, work on homework, bathe the kids, or enjoy Wheel of Fortune.  Even better, the whole meal is under $10. You can’t hit the dollar menu with a family of four and beat $10, let alone feel energetic after! 

 

This even works to cook in larger batches and have on hand for lunch the next day. You can make it your own by sprinkling shredded cheese or a honey mustard over the top.