today was a VERY busy day in which i didn't plan a single thing for dinner. i arrived home at 6:45 with a hungry 3 year old and the inkling that my parents would be just as pooped as me. i went to their house and for the simple(and much needed) reason of wanting a pina colada, i went all "cinco de mayo". i didn't have a plan and grabbed stuff out the fridge and pantry. i sauted chicken with green peppers and onions and added some southwestern style salsa. then put on a boxed spanish rice mix. zatarains. my favorite.
..and while that cooked i made myself a pina colada. my son didn't understand why he couldn't have a "milk shake" too. luckily a capri-sun kept him happy. (those are a rare buy). i also made him a quick cheese quesadilla to snack on.
here is what i do to spice up my favorite frozen drink:
i use bicardi frozen mix which i pour into the blender first. then i fill half the cup with rum. and a trick i learned from my mom, a scoop of vanilla icecream. fill the rest with ice and blend. to top it off whip some cream and toast some coconut. it's perfect! (a tip: it seems that if you blend and then have to add more ice, the ice never blends completely. so just fill your blender up to the brim the first time).
after a few sips my parents arrived home very pleased that i had cooked. the chicken mixture was served over lettuce with beans, sour cream and pepperjack cheese along with the rice. yay mexico!
tomorrow i have planned to allow myself one more fattening, binge eating day. i am tired of my guttony, but must have a good breakfast tomorrow. i have just taken pork sausage out of the freezer.
pork sausage gravy over grits:
~crumble and brown pork sausage(remove casings if in links)
~use slotted spoon to remove cooked sausage and let drain on paper towl.
~keep pan on medium low heat and sprinkle 2 or 3 T. of flour onto pan drippings/grease. wisk until thick. add part water, part milk. start at half a cup each. as it simmers it will start to thicken. just keep adding liquids until your desired thickness. wisk often!
~most gravys need lot's of salt and pepper. you may not need any because the sausage is so full of flavor!
~add sausage into gravy and serve over grits.
~the grits directions are on the bag, or if you are from the south, you already know how...lol
this is very much like shrimp and grits, but without the yucky shrimp!
i will serve this with a fried egg over medium. CAN'T WAIT!