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Re: Recipes - not as exciting as you\'d think
A tasty time saver for when you gotta eat quick (this is about as quick as it gets if you are cooking with fresh ingredients).
Menu: Potatoes, steak, and spinach salad.
You can use frozen hash browns but it's easy to make your own. Depending on the number of people you are feeding, chop a few potatoes into small cubes (a good knife and cutting technique make all the difference here), throw them into a big pan with about a tablespoon of oil (vegetable, extra-virgin olive, sesame, peanut, etc), sprinkle lots of Emeril's Essence (see above) or chili powder, about 1.5 teaspoons of salt (depending on the amount of potatoes), stir so the oil and spice is uniformly spread, and cover and heat with medium-high heat - stir every couple minutes.
When it starts to sizzle, wait a few minutes and then heat a second pan with oil at medium-high heat, and when hot, throw in the steak (seasoned with Essence, or other steak spice) - depending on how thick the steak is, and how well-done you like steak, turn only once, I like it bloody-red, and cook for a total of about four minutes, turning at two minutes.
While all that sizzles, throw some fresh, prepared, and washed spinach (not the gritty bunches, but the nicely packaged stuff) into a bowl. Chop a few slices of cucumber into the spinach, and cover with Parmesan cheese and your favourite salad dressing.
Eat the potatoes with ketchup if you like, cover the steak with a good BBQ sauce, get a big glass of ice water, and you're set.
You can do the exact same thing with chicken breast, pork chop, or fish. This is balanced nutritionally, and the steak should be trimmed of excess fat and not be larger than the palm of your hand. If you still feel hungry after this, you should have had more potatoes and spinach, but having tortillas and salsa is a somewhat healthy way to fill the void.