Thursday, April 7, 2016

Frugal Femme Two Week Menu #2: Week One, Thursday - Fried Ham, Angel Hair Pasta with Cherry Tomotoes and Chopped Salad

Hello Everyone!
Tonight was a late night at the Frugal Femme household, Nicholas had rehearsals and I went to go watch high school drama. Literally.  I went to go see two of the young actors that I know, from the theatre where I work, perform a Tennessee Williams drama.  They did a really good job, but I still don't like Tennessee Williams. The man is a genius, but all of his plays, or at least all of the ones that I have seen, are so depressing.  So I got home late and needed a palette cleanser and a super quick meal.  Fortunately for me, the meal I had planned for this evening was a quick one and I own the Looney Toons Golden collection Volume 1-5.  So I popped on some "What's Opera Doc" and started this evening's Frugal Femme.  Sorry for the lack of pictures, but I didn't have the time to take pictures and add them to this post.  I will add pictures for a later time.

Fried Ham

This main dish really doesn't even need a recipe, but I am including it here as a super quick way to add protein to a dinner.

Ham, sliced into 1/4 inch "steaks"
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. butter

1.  Cut a ham into 2-3 slices of 1/4 inch "steaks".
2.  In a heavy bottomed skillet, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat.  Once the olive oil begins to "glimmer" and the butter has melted and begun to sizzle, carefully place the ham in the skillet.
3.  Cook for about 3 minutes and turn. Continue cooking until heated through, about 2 minutes.
4.  Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel covered plate to drain.

Angel Hair Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

This dish can should be made the night before, or in the morning before you leave for work so that it can sit in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours allowing the flavors to blend.

1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped or 1 tsp. dried basil
1 1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
dash salt
angel hair pasta  (about two handfuls dry or about 1/2 pound)
black pepper, freshly ground, to your personal taste
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (as topping, to your personal taste)

1. In a small, heavy bottomed skillet, heat olive oil over medium low heat.
2.  Add garlic and stir for three minutes.  Do not brown the garlic and be careful not to burn. Transfer to a small bowl. Mix in tomatoes, basil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
3.  Cover with plastic wrap, place in the refrigerator and let sit for at least 6 hours.
4.  When you are ready to eat, cook angel hair pasta according to package directions. 
5.  Drain well and place in a large bowl, pour the sauce over the pasta and toss.
6. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Chopped Salad

This is another recipe that I feel a little silly including because it is so simple, but this is a simple meal night.

1 handful romaine lettuce
1 handful iceberg lettuce
1 handful spinach leaves
1 carrot
1/2 small red Vidalia onions
1 cluster broccoli (optional)
1 celery rib
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 cucumber
1 handful shredded cheddar cheese

1.  Pull all ingredients, except for the shredded cheese,  into a large plastic bowl and toss to combine. 
2. Using a dough cutter, "chop" the salad into small pieces about one inch in diameter.  If you do not have a plastic bowl or a dough cutter,  combine the ingredients in bowl and then pour them onto a large cutting board.  Using a large chef's knife, chop the salad but by cutting straight down repeatedly on all of the ingredients until they  are about 1 inch in diameter.
3.  If chopping on a cutting board, put chopped ingredients back into bowl.
4.  Add shredded cheese.
5.  Toss with your favorite dressing and serve.

I know this was a very simple meal, but sometimes you got to go with quick and easy. 

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