Thursday, April 23, 2009

OAMC, day 394

Okay, it's only day 4. But it feels longer than that.

Yesterday: got the mac and cheese done; I managed to get 3 dinners worth out of a double recipe instead of two, so we ate one and still had two to freeze.

Finally (!) shopped for all the other ingredients. Found a great deal on a boneless half pork loin, so I bought it and am trying to figure out how to work it into The Plan.

Today so far:

Cooked and shredded chicken for the enchiladas.

Made balsamic marinade in two ziploc freezer bags, added 4 boneless skinless breasts to each bag, put in freezer.

Got to work on the Crock Pot Italian Chicken. This is a new recipe for me. I chunked up about 10 chicken breasts, browned them in my biggest skillet, took them out of the skillet and began to add the remaining ingredients back in, and only then realized that I did not have the two italian dressing mix packets that the recipe calls for. Sigh.

Went to Recipezaar to find a homemade italian dressing mix substitute; I had more than 3/4 of the ingredients called for, so, it's a go! All those other ingredients are just overrated, anyhow.

Made homemade italian dressing mix. Wow. That's a LOT of seasoned salt.

Got back to dumping everything in the skillet. Thankfully the recipe calls for 2/3 of a cup of white wine, so I was able to test out the bottle to confirm that it would taste good in the sauce.

What? It's lunchtime. Shut up.

The freezing/cooking directions for this recipe call for the chicken in sauce to be frozen, thawed on serving day and put in the crock pot for 6 hours. Looking at the ready-for-freezing stuff in my skillet, there is no way this recipe needs to be cooked that long; the chicken would be Wooden Nuggets of Hell by then. I think I will vary the serving day instructions and just pop it in a casserole and bake it for 30 minutes instead. It does taste good; I was concerned it would be too salty, but nope! Poifect!

Boy, that doesn't seem like I've accomplished much. Hopefully by the end of the day I will have a more impressive list of things to report.

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