I finally had a chance this weekend to tinker in the kitchen. September is an INSANE month for me as a teacher, so with 50+ hours a week at school, cooking has been "on the back burner" so to speak. There's a whole new challenge to getting home at quarter to five each night with two hungry, cranky kids. Not a lot of time for experimentation or fussy recipes.
I had the bright idea to do some cooking ahead of time this weekend, and successfully created 2 newly tweaked classics.
Garlic Tomato-Cream Spaghetti
I started by putting 3 garlic cloves in the magic bullet and pureeing it into a paste.
Then, I began my traditional cream sauce- equal parts Earth Balance and Wondra Flour. I added the pureed garlic into the flour/butter paste. I then added roughly a cup of organic half and half and stirred until thick.
In the magic bullet, I added a variety of tomatoes. I had so many tomatoes from my own plant as well as from the bucket these past two weeks. I tossed all kinds-from grape, to roma, to cherry- into the magic bullet and pureed into liquid. I don't know how many tomatoes I used, but I filled the large cup on the magic bullet twice. I also added a few fresh basil leaves in with the tomatoes.
I stirred the liquified tomatoes into the thick cream sauce, brought it to a boil, and turned off the burner.
Here is the magic part------I did this on Saturday night. I tasted it that night and it was so-so. I left it to "brew" in the cast iron pan in the fridge until Tuesday at dinner time. I simply warmed it up and served it over whole-wheat thin spaghetti noodles. 48 hours of fridge time changed it from so-so to so delicious!
In addition, I broiled up some chicken breasts with garlic salt and Penzey's Bicentennial Rub. I scored the chicken at the co-op today. It was fresh from a local farm and packaged just yesterday. Fresh and delicious. Once you go organic chicken, you can't go back. It's a whole new level of chicken- juicy, tender, and so flavorful. Add a side of steamed spinach and it was a perfect meal in about 25 minutes!
Bryce even ate the spaghetti, and he usually claims to like his pasta plain. He complained for a minute, then cleaned his plate. He gets a hefty serving of tomatoes, and I avoid another night of begging for "garlic noodles." Win.