Monday, October 22, 2007

Help for Detail Medic

She asked last week for help here. I am sorry I was unable to give a timely reply.
So here are a few things we cook, some are real quick and easy, some take just a little more time. But none of these are "hard" to make, or involve dancing naked to get it just right. Sometimes we dance naked, but just for fun, the food doesn't need it.

For quick and easy it's hard to beat spaghetti. While the noodles are boiling, brown the meat with chopped onions. Drain the grease and add sauce from a can/jar. Viola!
As far as low fat, if you drain the grease from ground meat, and then rinse it with hot water like in a colander, it is lower fat than ground turkey or chicken.

Sloppy Joe is another quick and easy fix. Also hamburgers.

For just a little more time, you can have "hamburger steak and brown gravy". Make hamburger patties, cook them about 3/4 done. Then put them in a roasting pan with sliced onions. Add a mix of golden mushroom soup, cream of mushroom soup, and brown gravy (dry) mix. Cook for about 30 minutes. We searve with rolls and mashed potatoes.

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches- that's what we call this anyway. It's probably not the same as the real thing, but we like it and besides, we're in Texas. Slice onions and bell pepper, and sauté in just a drop of olive oil. When they are about done, cover with sliced roast beef from the deli. Mix and cook together until the meat is hot and onions are done. Serve on Hogie buns.

Foil Burgers- You're gonna wrap this all in foil in individual servings. Lay out the foil, take a hamburger patty and put in the middle. Cover with sliced onions, and frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn). Add seasoning like garlic salt or whatever you like. Wrap completely in foil and seal tightly. Cook in oven for an hour.
NOTE: you can also do the above with round steak or boneless chicken breasts.

One of my personal favorites: Beans. I like pintos. I'll often mix half and half with red kidney beans. Sort and wash when you first come on duty. Cover with twice as much water as beans and bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer for a few hours. We add salt pork or sausage when we turn it down from a boil. Serve with rice and or cornbread. If you bring in beans and start them when you come on duty, they will be ready by lunch.

Then for supper, take the left over beans and make Cowboy beans. Brown about a pound of ground beef and drain/wash. Add the left over beans with about an equal ratio of beans to bean juice. Add chopped onion and garlic, and a large can of diced tomatoes, and at least one can of Rotel tomatoes and Green chilies. Simmer until the onions are done. Great with tortillas or cornbread.

Another favorite that takes a little more time, but is still pretty easy is Baked fish and steamed vegetables. We use a long fillet of salmon, or individual fillets of catfish. Wash and lay out fish on large cookie sheet, season with soy, garlic powder, thyme, lemon pepper, and bake for about 30 minutes (until fish is flaky). Steam broccoli and squash, and serve with long grain and wild rice.

Hope this helps. Chime in folks with more if ya got 'em.

Forgot to add this: When in doubt around the fire station, pump at 150 and cook at 350.

Mr Fixit


Detail Medic said...

Thanks for the suggestions. Spaghetti and sloppy joes have been done to DEATH in our station, but do remain trusty stand-bys on the unusual busy shift or when we get LAZY. I'm going to try some of the other stuff though!

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Who is..... Carteach0? said...

Man, you know about Rotel tomatoes?

I try to keep at least six cans in stock at all times....


Rabbit said...

Lazy red beans and rice:

makes a serving for 3 or 4.

1 pkg Eckrich Polish Kilebasa (approx 1 lb)

2 cans dark red kidney beans

a quantity of instant rice.

garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, chili powder.

In a 3 or 4 quart saucepan, start by putting in a couple of inches of water along with the seasonings and bring to a boil while slicing the polish sausage into coin-sized slices (approx 1/4 inch thick) You can cut these in half (half moon) to stretch it and make it easier to eat, too.

Put the sausage intot he boiling spiced water and let it cook for about 5 minutes to soak up the spices. Then, put in both cans of kidney beans along with enough water to bring the saucepan to half-full.

Once that comes back to a boil, give it a couple of minutes to soak things up, then toss in enough instant rice to act like it's going to be enough to soak up the fluids without being soupy. One you've got the rice in, turn off the heat and cover, stirring occasionally to get all the rice wet enough and to mix all the goodies together.

After sitting for about 10 to 15 minutes, it should be ready to serve.

Best with cornbread.