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Shortcuts save dinner plans

Work demands kept me out of the kitchen this week — not such a bad thing, actually 😉 It was time to rely on shortcuts — fast recipes and favorite quasi-convenience foods.

Spinach salad with Kale-potato-sausage soup

Monday started out with a traditional long-cooking pot roast made quick in the pressure cooker. Next came one of my faves, a kale, potato and sausage soup starring Aidells sausage with roasted garlic and gruyere cheese.  The soup teamed up with a tasty and simple spinach salad recipe from PCC Natural Markets — a keeper for future meal plans.  Wednesday I left the guys with leftovers as I headed out to my monthly business dinner.  On Thursday Trader Joe’s save the day.  Here’s how it all played out:

Monday: Yankee pot roast; roast potatoes and turnips; steamed broccoli

Tuesday: Kale and potato soup with turkey sausage ; strawberry and spinach salad.

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Trader Joe’s carnitas and homemade flour tortillas; fresh guacamole; strawberry and spinach salad.

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Soup in a flash and evil banana bread

The pressure cooker earned its stripes tonight.

Three minutes of sauteing and five minutes under pressure rolled up to a rewarding soup.  It doesn’t sound too exciting, but the peasant cabbage and bean soup with kielbasa was delicious.  And healthy. Low fat turkey kielbasa, cabbage, cannellini beans teamed with diced tomatoes, thyme, onion, celery, garlic and chicken broth. It all came together in a flash.

The time-savings was especially appreciated tonight:  Son #1 headed out to a scout event and I was hosting a PTSA board meeting. This morning I decided to get a jump on the day and make a treat for the meeting while eating breakfast. I indulged in a  recipe I’ve been craving ever since listening to A Homemade LifeBanana bread with chocolate and crystallized ginger.

Banana bread with chocolate and crystallized ginger

The good news is the banana bread is absolutely as wonderful as it sounds.  The bad news is I work from a home office and that loaf was calling my name all morning. By lunchtime two slices were missing. Not a good trend. I wrapped up the rest of the bread but still managed to eat another half a slice during the evening meeting. This is why I rarely bake. I eat what I bake.

(If you decide to succumb to this evil treat, note the recipe on Molly’s blog has slightly different ingredients from the book version. At a glance I think the book version is probably better – more banana and butter and ginger, no walnuts.)

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