Anyway, on Wednesdays, we'll have either really quick posts, or ones for stuff that's quick to make. "How often?" I hear you ask. Well... sporadically. And I may run out of stuff that's quick and also interesting. Or I may get tired of the name and come up with something more benign. But for now, I'm excited.
Our first is easy, has a short ingredient list, is good for you, and is easy to make ahead!
Chicken and Spinach Salad
One chicken breast or 2 tenderloins
1 serving of fresh baby spinach (you get to decide what you consider a serving)
Seasonings to taste (I use paprika and salt)
Cut chicken into bite-size pieces.
Set a pan over medium heat until it's hot enough that water drops sizzle on it. Pour in a little oil.
Add the chicken and whatever seasonings you want. Stir to coat and leave to cook.
While you're waiting, tear the spinach down to the size you want.
Remove from heat, spoon or pour off excess oil.
Add spinach, stir/toss to mix, and eat!
You may be wondering "Why are you posting this? It's so obvious!" Well, it may be to you, but the idea of just cooking meat in a pan like you do for so many things and then just dropping it hot onto salad greens rather than proceeding into a casserole recipe or something hasn't occurred to a lot of my friends. So I thought it might be worth sharing with the rest of the world too. And this is really simple; I have it for lunch or dinner often.
It's easier to cut meat into small pieces if you only partially defrost it. Fully thawed it's all rubbery and squishes about when you try to cut it. This way you can slice it very finely and it's still firm enough to cut.
Also, I used to buy meat bone-in and skin-on, but I realized that once you throw out the skin and bones (and the meat that's left on them because you never were good at cutting it all off), the price per pound of meat you actually use comes out even.
This is how much paprika and salt I like to lay on there:
|I don't know about you, but "season lightly" is blasphemy to me.|
|Nicely coated and ready to leave to its own devices|
|It actually looks kind of fancy, doesn't it? Or at least it would if it wasn't still in the skillet.|