12 August 2013

Two Easy Dinners from Susie Homemaker!

Susie Homemaker?! Not quite, but I am trying!

I cooked TWO meals this past week and let me tell you, it felt goooood to cook again. The past few months we have been living off take out and I was ready to put on my apron and start creating!

The first easy dinner took about 30 minutes from start to finish and most of that time involved me drinking a beer on the couch while I waited for the salmon to come out of the oven.
I didn't take any pictures of the "process" but it really doesn't need any. I bought the salmon that day from the supermarket so it was nice and fresh. All you need to do is preheat the oven to 375. I drizzled a baking dish with olive oil, salt and peppered the salmon and squeezed a whole lemon on the salmon fillet. I plopped it in the oven for about 25 minutes until it was light pink and flaky!

With 5 minutes left, I made our salad as a side. Let me tell you this was THE easiest thing ever, mostly because I used this:
 That's right... pre-made salad kit. These kits have everything you need right in the bag and this one was delicious. I poured the dressing right in the bag, shook it all up and served it with our salmon.
So I didn't do that much, but cut me some slack... like I said, it has been months!

My second go around this week required a bit more effort on my part:

Easiest part of the dinner. I bought these, pre-seasoned chicken breasts and all I had to do is grill them up while everything else was cooking.

Mashed Taters:
First, I halved all the gold potatoes and threw them in a big ole pot, covered them with water and started boiling. When making mashed potatoes, I always add salt and a crushed garlic clove to the water while it boils. I find that it adds a lot of flavor to the potatoes and I love me some garlic!
I let them boil for about 20 minutes before I drain them and get to mashing.
I recently found this awesome Joseph Joseph Mash and Scoop that worked just as wonderfully as I had hoped!
Before I started mashing, I added 3/4 cup of skim milk, 2 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup of butter and sprinkled some salt and pepper on top! Then I scooped them on my plate!

Lemon-Garlic Brussel Sprouts:
The oven was already pre-heated to 450 degrees.
I rinsed the brussel sprouts and mixed them in a bowl with 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, the fresh squeezed juice of 1 lemon, 1 tbsp of minced garlic and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. **Spread the brussel sprouts evenly on a roasting pan and roast them for 30 minutes until tender.

**Guess what I forgot to do?! Split them! HA! They were already roasting in the oven when I realized this... so I had to cook them longer and they still weren't as tender as normal... dang you Susie Homemaker!! Make sure you cut the brussel sprouts in half before you start the recipe.**

Despite the silly mistake, our dinner was still pretty scrumptious!

Maybe another day I will let you know about the time I accidentally made "salt cookies" or the time I made a whole cheesecake and forgot to add the sugar.... WOOPS! I am still a homemaker in progress!

Happy Cooking :)


  1. Oh Mylanta! This looks delicious! I'm your newest follower, and I found this from your "teacher" blog that I already follow :)

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