I second that motion!! haha 😉 So after The Man came home from a long day at work we decided we would go do a lil’ shoppin’ suburbia style (he was thrilled I am sure)… and we wanted to start things off classy so we hit up none other than Big Lots. All I’m sayin is don’t knock it til you try it. We needed a simple shelf for media items so we thought we’d start there. Of course we found a cushioned bench and trunk for the bedroom instead, but hey we were open minded! We didn’t purchase any home dizzle goods tonight though kids, bc we are ‘adults’ and want to think our purchases through, right? (ha!) So then we went by Pier 1 (store o’ heaven, best stuff ever) and I of course wanted to buy everything they had in their local inventory, and then we hit up World Market. Alas, however, we came home empty handed tonight… we are hoping to change that tomorrow however 🙂
Anyways, after a refreshing shower I decided to get started on dinner (time to play with fun store purchases from earlier today whoop whoop!) which I was super excited about because I didn’t have any specific recipes in mind and wanted to just wing it 🙂 Meanwhile The Man played video games while communicating via headseat to people in Antartica most likely, or somewhere around the globe… these video gamers, sheesh I tell ya!
So back to dinner, I had the Costco and Farmer’s Market goods as my pallet and here’s what was decided on:
- breaded baked scallops
- mesquite prawns
- sweet potato fries
- green bean/tomato/bacon saute
And there I got to cookin’, here’s a piece of the action:
The veggie smackdown went as follows:
Saute 2 cloves garlic in 1 tblsp. EVOO. Add peppers (I used the crazy purple ones) and continue to cook for about 5 minutes. Add water if it starts to stick, or wine 😉 Add tomatoes (I used yellow cherry) and continue to cook until it all softens up. At this point add 2 pieces diced Canadian bacon. Meanwhile microwave green beans for 3 minutes in some water, then add to skillet mixture and let cook til texture you like. Keep adding wine/water if things start to stick.
The prawns (seen District 9 anyone ha?!) were coated in EVOO, salt/pepper and mesquite seasoning, then cooked over medium heat in a bit more olive oil and small pat of butter — come on guys, seafood is low fat, which let’s us compensate with reasonable amounts of the “bad” stuff right?
We also had the scallops prepared as follows: dip scallops (pat dry first) in milk, roll in bread crumbs seasoned with salt/pepper. Melt 1 tblsp butter and 1 tsp worcestershire sauce in micro a few seconds, pour mixture over scallops and bake at 450 for 12 minutes til done.
The sweet tater fries were oven baked per directions.