Since I don’t have much time to hit the grocery store on Mondays I usually have a meal planned or “shop” from what’s on hand. Today was a “shop” from home day. This morning, between teaching classes I used what we had and whipped up a huge pot of this:
1 Can Kidney Beans (rinsed and drained)
1 Can Chili Beans (rinsed and drained)
2 cans Rotel Tomatoes
2 T Olive Oil
1 Onion, diced
1 Cup Celery, diced
1 Cup Carrots, diced
1 Clove Garlic, minced
3 Medium Zuchinni, chopped
6 Cups, low sodium Vegetable Broth
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
pepper to taste
parmesan cheese, grated, for topping
Heat oil in large pot over medium high heat. Add onion, cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, carrot, celery, zucchini and cook 3 minutes or so.
Stir in broth, beans, tomatoes, paprika, cumin and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover, cooking for about 20 minutes.
Garnish with parmesan cheese, if desired.
This is definitely The Good.
And, because it’s Monday AND because I am the Greatest Mom in the World, I thawed two packages of chicken wings, and made The Bad. (That my boys thought were OOOOHHHH SOOO GOOD!)
Here’s what I did:
SEMI-HOMEADE SPICY WINGS
- 2 pounds (to 3 Pounds) Chicken Wings (I didn’t have the energy to split these, but normally I would split them so there would just be little Drummettes)
- Canola Oil
- 1 stick Butter
- 1 bottle Carolina’s Tangy Gold Barbecue Sauce (because that’s what I had on hand)
- Tabasco Sauce, To Taste
In a deep skillet pour about 1 inch to 1 ½ inches of Canola oil. Begin heating the oil over medium/medium high heat. Meanwhile, put the chicken wings into a strainer and give them a good rinse.
When the oil is good and hot and “poppy” put the wings into the skillet. Keep moving them around with tongs so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
While the chicken is cooking melt 1 stick of butter (1cup) in a medium-sized saucepan. When it is melted add 3/4 of the bottle of the Carolina’s Tangy Gold Barbecue Sauce. Stir and swirl it until it is all mixed. Next, add Tabasco sauce just like you like it. I added several big shakes to give it a kick and add to the sweet of the Carolina’s sauce. to your preferred temperature.
When the chicken has cooked for about 25 minutes, and is nice and brown, take out with tongs and drain on a rack. I worked in small batches and placed half of the cooked wings in the sauce turning to coat. I left the other wings out to serve without sauce. (However, the boys ended up putting most of the “unsauced” wings in the sauce.) I placed them back on the rack to drain before serving.
Can you say Queen of the Kitchen?
Now to The Pretty . . .
I have never shopped on EBay, but I recently made this purchase and I love it! It’s just so darn pretty! I have some old Le Creuset pieces my mom no longer wanted and I love them. They are a pale yellow and I use them often. However, I wanted a good sized pot and the blue is so perfect in my kitchen.
I’m all over EBay now!
Here’s to Monday and having a fun week!